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WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre – £1.85m

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre near Gloucester has undergone several phases of redevelopment over recent years, the latest is a new visitor attraction which will be unique in the UK.

This new outdoor facility, being built by us, will comprise a 2,000 square meter walk-through aviary, allowing visitors to get a birds-eye view of the typical habitat wetland species rely on, and give them a glimpse into how conservation is saving endangered species. 

Attached to the aviary will be a Living Wetland Theatre, which will offer the perfect open-air venue for live and interactive demonstrations and the chance to get up-close to beautiful wetland birds while presenters introduce the species on stage. Stars of the show will include free-flying pelicans and diving whistling ducks. The theatre will also offer a platform for live debates with researchers, scientists and TV experts as they explore conservation and environmental issues. 

The project started in late May and will complete in February 2020, beneficial access will be granted in early January to allow the WWT team to settle the birds into their new home, before the exhibit opens fully in summer 2020.

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