We know how important our various lotteries are to good causes. We cover the important causes of the National Lottery and local events all the time here at Powerball Magazine. Perhaps a little under-represented are the smaller national games. Take People’s Postcode Lottery, for example. Did you know that it too supports some of our most important heritage, natural and social causes around the country? For the last few years, PPC has worked with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, a chain of nature reserves across the country. Specifically, their partnership works towards engaging young people with our wildlife.
About the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Many of us in the UK have visited WWT facilities. Their most famous facility is Slimbridge in Oxfordshire. However, they also have centres at Arundel (Sussex), Llanelli (South Wales), Castle Espie (N Ireland) and Caerlaverock (Scotland). They manage and promote wetlands within the UK, helping to conserve these spaces for wildlife that rely on it. They are home to rare species of birds and, in some cases, great places to visit over-wintering birds. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust provides an essential conservation service for a landscape type presently under threat. In the past, landowners drained wetlands to make way for agricultural land, but that tradition is reversing in some places.
It is with great pride that People’s Postcode Lottery supports the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Over the last few years, the charity has received some £450,000 for its various centres. In each case, the money has gone towards promoting the benefits of wildlife to younger people. Children and young adults receive lower education standards on the importance of wildlife and feel less engaged with it. Specifically, a new Wooded Wetlands section at Martin Mere facility in Lancashire is already proving a great success. Another is a programme called Flight of the Swans at their Llanelli facility.