Marsh WWT Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Wetland Conservation in the UK

The Marsh WWT Staff Award for outstanding contribution to wetland conservation in the UK recognises staff through the WWT that are dedicated to protect and transform wetlands areas. 

David Paynter 2021

Dave has been Reserve Manager at WWT Slimbridge since 1980 and has been the driving force behind the creation, restoration and management of a wide variety of wetland habitats at the site. He is always looking for ways to improve the reserve and continues to seek new opportunities to make improvements for wildlife and people on the site. Since joining WWT, he has improved habitats for thousands of species and has supported the growth of breeding numbers of a number of other species. Dave engages with thousands of visitors every year through the delivery of an extensive events programme at Slimbridge and has helped create new visitor experiences around the reserve which are innovative and accessible to everyone.  

Highly Commended: David Paynted