WWT - Wetlands for life

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Who we are

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world’s largest and most respected wetland conservation organisations working globally to safeguard and improve wetlands for wildlife and people.

Founded in the UK in 1946 by the late Sir Peter Scott, today we complement wetland conservation work carried out worldwide with a network of UK visitor centres comprising 2,600 hectares of globally important wetland habitat.

All of our work is supported by a much valued membership base of over 200,000 people.


Our purpose

  • to raise awareness of the value of wetlands to life on Earth.
  • to identify and counter threats to the survival of wetlands and their wildlife.
  • to inspire people to explore and value wetlands, and support wetland conservation.


Our founder

When Sir Peter Scott founded the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in 1946, his ideas were unique.

He was the first to recognise the wisdom of the combined approach of taking action to save wetlands and their wildlife, while encouraging the public to care about the natural world.

He also pioneered the notion that conservation education should be uplifting and fun for people of all ages - that wetlands are places to enjoy as well as to respect.

Sir Peter's principles remain at the core of WWT's work and are central to our future plans.