World Wetlands Day 2005 -- United Kingdom


What's happening for WWD 2005…..

[A collection of WWD plans assembled by Ms Helen Harding (, who served as the focal point for the distribution of Ramsar WWD materials in the UK.]

EHS (Environment & Heritage Service) will be running a week long public exhibition on wetlands at one of our country parks from Monday 31st January until Sunday 6th February. - Eileen Curry

We are part of the WWT Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. All the trust centres have free admission on the Sunday 31st Jan and Monday 1st Feb. We are all handing out pledge cards which the public are encouraged to fill in stating what they will be doing to celebrate wetlands. At the London Wetland Centre we are running extra activities on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st Jan. For kids we are doing an interactive water workshop with experiments to show the amazing properties of water and looking at endangered wetland creatures. We will then attempt to make the first human pond skater. Our normal pond dipping and art activities will also be themed around the world wetlands day message. For adults there will be free tours of our captive bird collection and wild birding walks. - Michelle Brewster

I would like to do a display in Oxford Brookes University about World Wetlands Day since it sounds of interest for our students. - Sue Russell

The Severn Vale Biodiversity Project aims to create wildlife corridors and wildlife sites in 12 parishes with the help of parishioners, schools, farmers and landowners and businesses. We are currently talking to 2 primary schools and one secondary school who are interested in the project and where we could use the material for.Promoting wetlands fits into our remit here along the River Severn. For the World Wetlands Day we are hoping to take two classes to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre at Slimbridge. - Nadine Smykatz-Kloss

Guided walk. On World Wetlands Day this guided walk (about 1.5 miles) led by Colin Wilson looks at the birds at Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve an important wetland site within the Blackwater Valley. A little over 10 years ago the site was a worked out gravel pit with bare ground and empty lakes covering 36 hectares (90 acres). Today the Reserve comprises three lakes with gravel islands, beaches and scrapes, fringed by scrub and grassland with mature trees and hedgerows. The lakes are now best known for wildfowl and waders that visit every winter including wigeon, teal, gadwall and goosander. Over 200 bird species have been recorded here including lapwing, cormorant, possibly buzzard, kestrel and kingfisher. - Christine Reeves, Hant Government

We are intending to celebrate World Wetlands Day with a presentation on our Wetlands Reserve and a boat trip around Cardiff Bay and River Ely. - Chris Cole, Cardiff Government

As part of it we have decided to put together a family pack of relevant material (i.e. resource sheets which adults can use with children on the reserve at a later time, should the weather be to wet and we have to resort to our wet weather alternative in a near by hall) such as posters, local information, games, puzzles and resource sheets to the activities we are going to carry out. - Siobhan Lanigan Okeeffe , Ulster Wildlife Trust

There are two RSPB events planned on the Suffolk coast to celebrate this. Wed 2 Feb - Wildfowl and Waders guided walk at RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, starting 10am. This is promoted as "celebrate World Wetlands Day" and I will be explaining the significance. Sun 6 Feb - Wildfowl and waders at North Warren guided walk at RSPB North Warren nature reserve, starting at 10am. Not specifically themed for WWD, but the date was selected as the nearest weekend. - Ian Barthrope

Just to let you know that the Sussex floodplain forests group is planning a Floodplain Woodlands Forum on Feb 2nd 2005 for WWD. The day will bring together a number of organisations and landowners to discuss the floodplain woodland restoration benefits and opportunities in Sussex. - Fran Southgate

We at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust are working in partnership with the Environment and Heritage Service, RSPB, Ulster Wildlife Trust, National Trust and WWF to produce Billboards, Leaflets and stands to promote WWD 2005 in the three major shopping centres in Northern Ireland and to advertise what we intend to do in each of our visitor attractions... Sunday 30th & Monday 31st January 2005 - Free admission. Have rain barrel exhibit in shop. Sell low phosphate products from prominent static display. Talks on the 'Five Secrets of Wetlands' every hour. Have interactive workshop on water cycle every hour. - John Mc Cullough

As part of world wetlands day we have held an event here at our centre with a Wildlife Watch Club. We played a water pollution game and created wetland "minibeasts" which had special designs to cope with water pollution. - Lindsey Hill, Penwotham Environment Education Centre.

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