On the finish of November I posted this concerning the WWT’s ‘refocus’ doc. I’d learn it a number of instances and couldn’t actually make a lot sense of it. It felt a bit extra like one thing one would discover on a company web site which was aiming to not let you know something than the sharp new imaginative and prescient for a number one environmental NGO.
It is going to be fascinating to see the way it pans out. The redundancies hinted at within the doc are taking part in by way of and a few of what I regard because the acquainted faces at Slimbridge have departed. Now, quite just a few individuals near WWT are questioning what the modifications imply for numerous points of the WWT’s work, together with some pretty excessive-profile points. We’ll must see how this performs out over time however there are ripples of concern within the conservation neighborhood.
The larger image with WWT, I can’t assist however really feel, is that it’s an organisation constructed on a really unusual basis the place captive waterfowl collections convey within the public by way of the 12 months for a time out and at many websites wintering wildfowl spectacles add to the draw of the centres in winter, and that this produces revenue and assist for a variety of conservation work within the UK and overseas. The ‘duck-zoos are us’ mannequin, as it’s unflatteringly known as at instances, is a troublesome one to make work significantly at a time of lockdowns and avian flu. However absolutely it’s a troublesome one to take care of into the long run anyway?
I’m wondering what the nice Sir Peter Scott, genuinely probably the most all-spherical gifted Britons of the 20th century, would make of the present conservation scene and of the organisation he arrange again within the interval after WWII – this year sees WWT’s 75th birthday.