The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) creates and protects wetland habitats to provide water, food and shelter for people and wildlife. They save Critically Endangered species around the world from extinction.
HRH meets Falcon Scott in Peter Scott's studio
HRH meets Falcon Scott in Peter Scotts studio
Their 10 UK Wetland Centres and reserves inspire a million visitors a year to enjoy being close to nature.
HRH has close links with WWT, having first visited Slimbridge as a child in the 1950s. He has been WWTs President since 1979.
The Prince met Falcon Scott, son of WWTs founder Sir Peter Scott and grandson of Captain Robert Falcon Scott of the Antarctic. Falcon showed him the wetland created by Peter outside their family house. This became the first of hundreds of wetlands and conservation projects WWT has undertaken to help people and wildlife in 70 countries around the world.
HRH then met with longstanding volunteers and staff from WWTs wetland centres across the UK. Their roles included habitat creation, scientific research, and helping visitors get close to wildlife, and get the most out of their visit.
He viewed a presentation outlining some of WWTs global projects and how their wetland creation work is helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. Finally he cut the charitys 70th anniversary cake.