WWD in the UK, with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

[reprinted from the schedule issued by WWT on 29 December 1997]

CELEBRATE WORLD WETLANDS DAY AT A WILDFOWL & WETLANDS TRUST CENTRE NEAR YOU

wwtlogo.gif (468 bytes)On Monday 2 February 1998, millions of people all over the world will be taking part in World Wetlands Day, an annual event to celebrate these magical habitats.

People in this country will be able to have fun finding out why wetlands are so important to us all through a variety of different events at the eight Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) Centres around the UK.

WWT Slimbridge - Saturday 31 January to Sunday 1 February: Two special illustrated talks have been scheduled for 11 am and 2 pm each day which will give visitors the chance to find out more about wetlands, the wonderful wildlife which can be found there and what needs to be done to conserve them.

WWT Arundel - Saturday 31 January to Monday 2 February: A special illustrated talk has been scheduled for 2 pm each day which will give visitors the chance to find out more about wetlands, the wonderful wildlife which can be found there and what needs to be done to conserve them.

WWT Caerlaverock - Sunday 1 February: Two special guided walks will be held to celebrate World Wetlands Day - where better than this stunning estuary in Scotland?

WWT Castle Espie - Monday 2 February: At 9 pm, expert Davey Andrews will invite visitors on a tour of the Musical Mudflats around the shores of Strangford Lough. Enjoy the always evocative, but sometimes eerie sounds and delights of the mudflats by night.

WWT Llanelli - Sunday 1 February: The Cockle Connection - activities, displays, stories and even tastings will help to highlight the importance of our estuarine wetlands to people and wildlife.

WWT Martin Mere - Sunday 1 February: Two daily illustrated talks have been scheduled for 11 am and 2 pm, which will give visitors the chance to find out more about wetlands, the wonderful wildlife which can be found there and what needs to be done to conserve them. Guided walks around the site will also be on offer.

WWT Washington - Monday 2 February: Eric Bird, a local speaker, will be giving a special illustrated talk at 7.30 pm on wetland birds.

WWT Welney - Sunday 1 February: Guides in Hides between 10 am and 5 pm will help visitors get the most out of their day's birdwatching and special childrens' drop-in activities will also be available.

Many events are free of charge upon admission (donations gratefully received). Visitors wishing to find out more can contact their local WWT Centre, or ring the WWT Slimbridge Visitor Services Department on 01453 890333 ext 223 to find out more.

For further information, please contact Ali Byard, WWT PR Officer Tel: 01453 890333 ext 279 (0973 723742)

Notes to Editors:

1. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is the only wildlife conservation charity in the UK dedicated to wetlands and the wildlife which they support.

2. World Wetlands Day is held on 2 February because it marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, which was adopted on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. The so-called Ramsar Convention is the major international treaty concerned with the wise use of wetlands and their biodiversity, including water resources. Over 100 countries have joined the convention and designated some 900 wetland sites.

3. Contact details for WWT Centres are as follows: WWT Arundel, West Sussex - 01903 883355; WWT Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire - 01387 770200; WWT Castle Espie, Co Down - 01247 874146; WWT Llanelli, Carmarthenshire - 01554 741087; WWT Martin Mere, Lancashire - 01704 895181; WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire - 01453 890333 ext 223; WWT Washington, Tyne & Wear - 0191 416 5454; WWT Welney, Norfolk - 01353 860711.

Alison Byard
Public Relations Officer
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Slimbridge Gloucestershire GL2 7BT, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1453 890333 extension 279
Fax: +44 (0)1453 890827
E-mail: communications@wwt.org.uk

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