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Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust give talk at Jenner’s House

PUBLISHED: 10:31 19 February 2014

Sir Peter Scott, Founder of the WWT

Sir Peter Scott, Founder of the WWT


Dr Jenner’s House & Garden have invited Bill Francis of the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre to give the latest in its series of Old Cyder House Talks on Thursday, February 20.

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In 1946 the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) was founded by Sir Peter Scott on the New Grounds, near the village of Slimbridge. The founder was almost a Renaissance man with a wide variety of skills and interests, not all related to his main purpose in life: the conservation of wildlife and its environment, in particular wildfowl (swans, geese and ducks). From a small beginning, the WWT has grown to a conservation organisation earning global respect for its work.

Bill Francis, a long-serving Slimbridge volunteer, will give details of the growth of the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre and its other centres across the United Kingdom. He will go on to give examples of the Trust’s activities world-wide in efforts to secure the survival of a wide variety of threatened species. This will include description of the breeding and raising of birds at Slimbridge, bird ringing and studies of bird migration across the globe. The talk ends with a description of the variety of wild birds that visit Slimbridge throughout the year.

The talk will be given on Thursday February 20 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.00 which includes a drinks reception from 7:00pm. Seats may be booked in advance by contacting the museum on: 01453 810631 or email

Simon Hobson, Visitor Experience Manager at Dr Jenner’s House, said: “We are delighted to welcome Bill to the museum. We are close friends with our neighbours the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge and we are pleased to celebrate the amazing success they have had as a conservation organisation over the last 50 years through this fascinating talk.

“Our Old Cyder House Talks series has been enormously successful over autumn and winter season. Our new season opening in April 2014 will see more than twenty new talks presented over the next twelve months.”


Contact Dr Jenner’s House - Tel: 01453 810631 or e-mail: More information can also be found on the museum website


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