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Slimbridge Wetland Centre consists of 325 hectares of internationally protected wetlands and serves as the headquarters of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). In total, there are 128 species of wildfowl at the centre—it is the world's largest collection of swans, geese, and ducks. It's also the only place where you can see all six species of Flamingos together.

The centre consists of several loops of walkways (all easily accessible) that snake through the wetlands.

There is a visitor center where you can have lunch, wander the galleries of wildlife art and photography, and shop for gifts. Also located within the visitor center is the Sloane Observation Tower, which is well worth a visit as it offers an aerial view of the entire Slimbridge reserve.

The nature center lies at the uppermost extent of the Severn Estuary in the village of Slimbridge, about midway between Gloucester and Bristol, England. The area was first established as a protected area in 1946 by Sir Peter Scott. At that time, it was called the Severn Wildfowl Trust and after two name changes, the area was named the Slimbridge Wetland Centre in 1989. Sir Peter Scott was an ornithologist, conservationist, painter who also co-founded the World Wide Fund for Nature and designed its well-recognized panda logo.

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