With the largest tidal range in Europe, a vast array of wildlife, rich cultural heritage and a wild and beautiful landscape, the Severn Estuary is one of the UK’s great natural wonders and a globally important site for nature. It is also home to WWT’s Headquarters, Slimbridge, set up on the shores of the estuary by Sir Peter Scott in 1946.
While Slimbridge remains a haven for wetland wildlife, large areas of the wider estuary are degraded and there is lots of work to be done to ensure its recovery.
Today, this highly protected and unique place is at a critical juncture as a result of development pressure and climate change. It is up to us, collectively, to decide whether this magnificent estuary will be sustained, restored and supported – to benefit nature and people.
WWT is part of an alliance of organisations representing wildlife and landscape interests that have come together to develop a new Vision for the Severn Estuary. It is a Vision that protects and enhances the biodiversity, landscapes and ecosystem as a whole and one that will benefit us all.
We plan for it to be a more resilient estuary richer in nature, where we respect the wildlife and natural resources of the estuary and its limits and thresholds for sustainable use.
Bold leadership will be needed to take this Vision forward and many different stakeholders will need to engage with, champion, and deliver the steps needed to turn this Vision into reality.