Slimbridge Wetland Centre is set to transform the Gloucestershire family attraction following an impressive £4.1million National Lottery grant that will add to its visitor experience.
The grant will be used to fund a three-year project that will create inspiring wildlife experiences inspired by its founder, Sir Peter Scott, who set up the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT) at Slimbridge in 1946.
The new range of ground-breaking experiences will show how Scott’s work continues to have an impact on modern conversation on a global scale, along with renovating the conservationist’s own home in order to open it to the public.
Ros Kerslake, chief executive at the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: ‘Slimbridge’s role within the conservation world is well known, with Sir Peter Scott positioned as one of the founding fathers of the modern movement. As we live increasing urbanised lives, our natural heritage is more important than ever and deserves strong support from The National Lottery.
‘Slimbridge is the ideal place to enjoy a day out in the fresh air whilst also learning more about Sir Peter’s pioneering work and how it continues to shape our understanding of birds and their migration patterns.’
The centre is planning to create a multi-level, fully wheelchair accessible, bird hide with an open rooftop terrace, which will enable visitors to see thousands of waders and geese, along with soaking up views of the River Severn.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy a walk-through aviary that will invite them to get up to close to species that are normally too secretive to spot, while the adjoining Living Wetland Theatre will host live demonstrations and activities.
Tuesday 31 October 2017
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