About the project

Thanks to support from The Heritage Lottery Fund, grants, trusts and our supporters we’re transforming Slimbridge with nine new inspirational and immersive wildlife experiences and activities allowing you to get closer to nature.

The ground-breaking new exhibits will allow you to explore the incredible life and work of conservationist and WWT founder, Sir Peter Scott whose legacy still drives all of our work at WWT today.

This £6 million, 3 year project, known as Slimbridge 2020 is well under-way with hands-on new exhibits and experiences opening in 2019-2021. Find out more about our new exhibits.

Why are we doing this?

WWT founder, Sir Peter Scott was a visionary who understood that human health and emotional wellbeing depend on the natural world. He demonstrated that showing people how amazing wetlands are can ignite a passion to protect them.

We hope that our new exhibits and wildlife experiences will allow visitors to explore the amazing world of wetlands and feel closer to nature and inspired to take action to conserve wildlife.

Thank you to our supporters

HLF is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK. It uses money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.

For more information on the HLF and the work that it does in supporting our heritage, visit www.hlf.org.uk/about-us

In addition to the Heritage Lottery Fund we are hugely grateful to the following for their role in making the Slimbridge 2020 project possible.

  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Legacy from the late Dr Rosemary H McConnell
  • Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust
  • Peter & Myra Woods
  • Olive Herbert Charitable Trust
  • Moto in the Community
  • John S Cohen Foundation
  • Michèle Bailey & Ian Davis
  • Tanner Trust
  • CHK Charities Ltd
  • The Patron’s Fund

Plus all those who supported WWT’s 70th Anniversary Appeal and our members for their ongoing support which contributes to projects like this.