World Wetlands Day in the United Kingdom
World Wetlands Day 2006
at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) centres, UK
WWT centre Events
|Arundel, England||Local TV celebrity (Chris Packham) gave related talk|
|Caerlaverock, Scotland||WWT Learning Manager 'diary' article in local newspaper. Swan feeds and guided walks|
|Castle Espie, Northern Ireland||Worked with many partners to publicise the event and created a bog garden. Launch of the cross border (N. Ireland/Eire) Boyne Wetland Centre.|
|London, England||Special programme of talks and education shows.|
|Martin Mere, England||Special guided walks.|
|National Wetland Centre of Wales||Wales Exhibition of stands and displays from WWT, Aquaculture Wales, Christian Aid, Water Aid/Welsh Water. Short centre tours with reps from different organisations.|
|Slimbridge, England||Displays promoting Ramsar and wetlands. Art and craft activities including making wetland scenes from paper plates, bird outlines where children made their own feathers out of coloured paper, wetland -themed brass rubbing, wetland wildlife masks, colouring sheets, word searches etc.|
|Washington, UK||Produced activity booklet. Guided walks, Wetland treasure chest game. Wetland menu in restaurant.|
|Welney, UK||Took concept of 'wetland supermarket' and expanded into competition to guess the food miles of a shopping basket. Linked interpretation to wetlands and poverty alleviation. Talks about Welney as a Wetland of International Importance.|
- Centres used stickers and posters from Ramsar, and WWT-produced promotion leaflets and 'money-off stickers'.
- Centres had free admission days on the Thursday of WWD and (in some cases) the following weekend. Thursday free days were not as successful as weekend ones.
- A recipe list of activities relating to events and activities that might illustrate the WWD theme was created by a working group of WWT Learning Managers and circulated to centres prior to the event.
- WWT is very enthusiastic about WWD, but feels there should be much more advance notice of the theme to tie in with centre planning and marketing cycles. We are aiming to expand WWD events into a World Wetlands Month plus that extends until the end of March.
--Reported by Malcolm Whitehead, WWT Head of Learning, March 2006.