Please note that we will be closed Mon 14 - Fri 18, Mon 21 & Tue 22 October. This is due to road closures in Slimbridge village. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We are open as usual on the weekends.X
Welly Boot Land is open but has no running water. We apologise for any inconvenience.X
Meet the nene – the world’s rarest goose and learn how WWT founder, Sir Peter Scott brought this species back from the brink of extinction.
During the 1950s the nene (also known as the Hawaiian goose) was close to extinction due to the introduction of predators in Hawaii and due to loss of its natural habitat including the development of golf courses! With just 30 wild pairs left Sir Peter Scott began to successfully breed them in captivity and release them back into the wild and the world population is now 2,500.
Visit our duckery with rearing tanks and enclosures and learn about the ground-breaking techniques Sir Peter Scott developed to boost the numbers of nenes in captivity and how we still apply his science to breeding birds today.
Discover how we raise and release endangered species such as Baer’s pochard and Madagascan Pochard in some of the remotest places on earth. Learn how ‘we use modern techniques and technology to raise and release endangered birds back into the wild.