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Sustainability played a key role when Sir. Peter Scott founded the WWT. It was his belief that we all have a responsibility to care for the natural environment so that future generations can continue to enjoy it.


As a wetland conservation charity, sustainability means making the best use of our resources while minimising our impacts on the environment and society.

Nature has helped inspire the shape, materials, and the function of buildings throughout our Visitor Centre. From reclaimed and recycled materials, a biomass boiler, a wildlife garden and energy systems fuelled by the sun and wind, rainwater harvesting that supplies all bathrooms, as well as a reed bed filtration system for waste water, sustainability is embedded throughout Castle Espie in everything we do.

To learn more about the sustainable practices used throughout Castle Espie you can pick up a leaflet at reception and follow our Sustainability Trail around the reserve