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Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust's income on the rise

Conservation charity the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, better known to us here in Gloucestershire simply as 'Slimbridge' increased its income by seven per cent last year.

Accounts published this week for the year to the end of March show it went up from £22.4m to £24m, as reported by Third Sector.

The rise included legacy income, which more than doubled from £1.7m to £3.6m, and membership income, which rose by two per cent to £7.1m.

The trust also received a £4.1m Heritage Lottery Fund grant towards a three-year £6m project at Slimbridge  to celebrate the life of Sir Peter Scott, who founded the charity in 1946.

The trust has some big names on board - its patron is Prince Charles and its vice-presidents include Sir David Attenborough.

The number of full-time-equivalent staff went up from 418 to 430. Total wages for the year rose from £10.2m to £10.6m.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has 10 centres across the UK.

Punchline said: "We're not surprised to see this rise in the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust's income. Slimbridge is a fabulous Gloucestershire tourist attraction and a great day out. Children visiting Santa there or feeding the birds would have no idea they're supporting a conservation charity, they're just having lots of fun!"

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