Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is an international wildfowl and wetland conservation charity in the United Kingdom. Its patron is Queen Elizabeth II and its president is Prince Charles.[1]


The WWT was founded in 1946 by the ornithologist and artist Sir Peter Scott as the Severn Wildfowl Trust.

The WWT was instrumental in saving the nēnē from the brink of extinction in the 1950s.[2]

Nature reserves

The WWT has over 200,000 members and ten reserves with visitor centres. Together these cover over 20 km², and support over 150,000 birds. They receive over one million visitors per year. The reserves include seven SSSIs (site of Special Scientific Interest), five SPAs (Special Protection Areas) and five Ramsar sites.


WWT also operates a consultancy business that provides external clients with a comprehensive range of wetland services. These include ecological survey and assessment, habitat design and management, visitor centre planning and design, and wetland treatment systems.[3]


The Trust is a registered charity in England[4] and Scotland.[5] As of December 2012, the Trust's chief executive is Martin Spray.[6] In December 2012, he was appointed CBE.[6][7]

See also


  1. "Royal support for drains that 'work with nature'". Latest from WWT. WWT. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  2. Black, Jeffrey M.; Duvall, Fern; Hoshide, Howard; Medeiros, John; Hodges, Cathleen Natividad; Santos, Nelson; Telfer, Tom (1991). "The current status of the Hawaiian Goose Branta sandvicensis and its recovery programme". Wildfowl. 42 (42): 149–154.
  3. WWT Consulting
  4. Charity Commission. Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, registered charity no. 1030884.
  5. "Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Registered Charity no. SC039410". Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
  6. Avery, Mark (30 December 2012). "Congratulations to Martin Spray". Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  7. "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 9.
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