Post by lugg on Oct 3, 2015 10:36:12 GMT
Seeing Bixas photos of Barnes WWW centre as she buzzed over London reminded me to post this thread. Barnes is just one of a number of WWW ( Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) sites in the UK. Slimbridge was the home of the first site and opened in 1946. It was opened and run by Peter Scott, son of the famous Captain Scott (of the Antartica) who, in his dying letter, urged Peter’s mother to “make the boy interested in natural history”.
Peter became an Olympic sailing medallist and a well-known painter and broadcaster. He created the IUCN red list which measures whether species are threatened or endangered. He was the founding chair of WWF – he even drew their famous panda logo.
Peter particularly loved the wild open marshes of Britain and the mysterious geese that visited from unknown shores. He started as a wildfowler and learned to protect first the birds, and then their wetland habitats.
In 1946 he set up the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge as a centre for science and conservation. Uniquely at the time, he opened it to the public so that anyone could enjoy getting close to nature.
Peter and his family presented the BBC’s first live television wildlife programmes from his artist’s studio overlooking the lakes at Slimbridge, from where he brought a love for the British countryside into millions of homes.
WWT grew from strength to strength during Peter’s life and since his death in 1989. We now welcome a million visitors each year to nine Wetland Centres in the UK, and we undertake more research and conservation projects around the world than ever.
I learnt that Peter also gave Nessie a scientific name of Nessiteras rhombopteryx based upon a blurred underwater photograph so that it could be registered as an endangered species.
More about the WWT - www.wwt.org.uk/conservation/Slimbridge sits towards the top of the Severn estuary in Gloucester – No 1 on the map
… from the top of the Observation Tower above the visitor centre you can see across the Severn estuary towards Herefordshire and the Cotswalds in the opposite direction
Although I knew about Peter Scott’s conservation work, I had not realised that he also painted, this picture is just inside the visitor centre which also exhibits other current artists work, some of the proceeds of sales going towards the WWT.
So now for some birds
… a paddling/raft of ducks,
I was quite taken with the beautiful Eider – the photos don’t show exactly the greenish patch on their necks and the blush on their breasts
… a herd of swans