Trailblazing new development launches at Slimbridge
We are excited to announce the start of our exciting new Slimbridge 2020 project. This amazing new scheme will transform Slimbridge Wetland Centre into a twenty first century visitor attraction, offering inspirational and immersive wildlife experiences and celebrating the extraordinary life of one of the UK’s pioneering conservationists, our founder, Sir Peter Scott.
Highlights include opening up Sir Peter Scott’s house to the public for the very first time and the ground-breaking Living Wetland Theatre and Aviary, which will provide 380 seats in an innovative open air space to showcase WWT’s work with free flight demonstrations and interactive shows.
The three-year development project will pay tribute to Sir Peter Scott with nine new exhibits launching in the next three years:
- Sir Peter Scott’s house to be open to the public for the very first time.
- A white fronted geese and sculpture feeding area will allow visitors to handfeed these fascinating birds.
- The People and Wildfowl exhibit merges our historical and cultural relationship with wildfowl at three different exhibits, the Craft Barn, the Barnyard and the Icelandic Eider Farm.
- Conservation Breeding will focus on the nene, the first bird Sir Peter Scott saved from extinction and tell the story of WWT’s ongoing conservation work around the world.
- The Living Wetland Theatre and Aviary is an innovative flagship development providing 380 seats in an open air space to showcase WWT’s work in the UK and around the world with free-flight demonstrations and interactive shows.
- The Tundra is where Sir Peter Scott’s beloved Bewick’s swans spend the summer and where our researchers have spent a lot of time trying to find out why they are in decline. This exhibit will give visitors real insight into life in the tundra.
- Duck decoys are an ancient method of catching ducks for food by using a dog to lure the birds along netted pipes. The Berkeley New Decoy at Slimbridge was built in 1843 to supply food to the Berkeley Estate but Sir Peter Scott used it to ring birds for research. This will be fully restored and offer regular demonstrations.
- Estuary Tower Hide will be a fully accessible tower hide that will give visitors far-reaching views over the Severn and extensive wet grasslands that Scott himself called the ‘avian Serengeti’.
- Severn Estuary – during the summer months we will open up the Summer Walkway to offer visitors a new set of experiences by exploring the natural habitats, species and landscapes of the Severn Estuary. This will also include a thrilling wild safari experience.
The first stage of construction works are now underway to enable the creation of the much anticipated new Living Wetland Theatre and Aviary, followed by restoration works of the original Duck Decoy and the construction of the innovative Tundra zone.