70 years ago today, Sir Peter Scott and a group of associates met at the Patch guesthouse next to the Gloucester and Sharpness canal to establish the Severn Wildfowl Trust
In the 70 years since, WWT’s horizons have grown far beyond the hopes of that original meeting.
We are now 1,000 volunteers and staff, who together with our supporters have helped to protect wetlands for wildlife and people across 70 countries, no less!
We inspire a million UK visitors each year through our 10 wetland centres and reserves across Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.
Last week, our President HRH the Prince of Wales proudly cut our 70th anniversary cake. Matthew Simpson, Associate Director to WWT Consulting, had the opportunity to talk to Prince Charles about the projects that WWT Consulting has been developing across the globe; rumour has it His Royal Highness was very impressed.
Here are some special birthday messages for all of us at WWT:
“I just wanted to use this opportunity to congratulate all of you for the immense amount of hard work and effort you put into this; for the devotion and dedication you’ve shown to the whole cause. Have a happy, happy 70th birthday.”
HRH the Prince of Wales, WWT President
“It is wonderful that WWT goes from strength to strength in its 70th anniversary year, and that it still has the same spirit of pioneering excitement and energy in conservation that it did when it was founded in 1946 – and this is very much due to the dedication and determination of those working for it. My father would be delighted with WWT’s success and growing influence, both in the UK and internationally.”
Dafila Scott, Peter Scott’s daughter
“Thank you to all our supporters, members, visitors, volunteers and staff for making WWT a global voice for wetland conservation. Your hard work and enthusiasm is the lifeblood of WWT, you can all be very, very proud.”
Martin Spray CBE, WWT Chief Executive
So… happy birthday to all of us at WWT!