A Small group of third year BSc Zoological Management & Conservation students went on a visit to Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre. During their visit, the students explored the centre's commitment to wildlife preservation and heard first-hand about the remarkable conservation initiatives that the centre is involved with.
The students were privileged to engage in a comprehensive tour and insightful talk conducted by the dedicated staff at Slimbridge. The informative session covered a spectrum of both international and British conservation projects, shedding light on the centre's crucial role in safeguarding biodiversity.
One notable focus of the discussion was the centre's involvement in the conservation of the Hawaiian goose, also known as the Nene. As the most endangered goose globally, the students gained insights into Slimbridge WWT's captive rearing and reintroduction efforts aimed at securing the survival of this rare species.
Additionally, the students were captivated by the story of the great crane, an iconic giant wading bird that had vanished from the UK approximately 400 years ago. Slimbridge's pioneering conservation work has led to the successful reintroduction of this magnificent bird in the South West. Witnessing these cranes, once extinct in the region, including breeding on the Severn Estuary, highlighted the tangible impact of conservation efforts.
The visit not only broadened the students' understanding of wildlife management and conservation but also provided them with a unique opportunity to witness the positive outcomes of dedicated conservation initiatives. As these students continue their academic journey, the experience at Slimbridge Wetland Centre will undoubtedly serve as a source of inspiration and knowledge in their pursuit of contributing to the welfare and preservation of our planet's diverse ecosystems.
'It was a great day, and we even had time to have a bit of fun feeding the birds!' - Debbie Berry, Programme Lead