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Last updated: March 26th, 2024

Your wetland centre

Organisation name



Your job title

  1. What makes your centre special? Maximum 250 words


Section 2. Facilities


2.1  Accessibility and inclusion

2.1.a. Direction signs off site (e.g. on approach to centre, multilingual if appropriate)

2.1.b Do you have a website with clear directions and centre details?

2.1.c Is the centre normally open to the public?

2.1.d Can visitors experience the wetland directly?

2.1.e Are mobility aids available (e.g. wheelchairs, mobility scooters)?

2.1.f Are buildings and hides/blinds accessible to people with physical disabilities or restricted mobility?

2.1.g Is there braille / high-contrast signage for the visually impaired?

2.1.h Are there audio guides for visually impaired people

2.1.i Is there a nursing mothers’ room?

2.1.j Is there a play area?

2.1.k Is there adequate space for pushchairs/baby strollers on paths and through gates?


Clarification on 2.1.a to 2.1.k  200 words maximum


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2.2 Facilities: Outdoor resources


2.2.a Outdoor interpretation boards

2.2.b Multilingual information on signage

2.2.c Boardwalks

2.2.d Hides/blinds

2.2.e Self-led interpretation (information boards and trails)

2.2.f Led interpretation (guided walks, talks etc)

2.2.g If there are exhibits of live animals, is there a policy on animal welfare?

2.2.h What age groups is your wetland centre suitable for?

< 5

5 – 12

12 – 18

18 – 35

35 – 55

55 – 75

> 75

Beginners, i.e. non-expert visitors


Clarification on 2.2.a to 2.2.h  200 words maximum


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Types of visitor resources (inside)


2.3.a Dioramas (taxidermy, mannequins etc)

2.3.b Audiovisual / touchscreen facilities

2.3.c Seasonally updated content for audiovisual / touchscreen facilities

2.3.d Live webcam

2.3.e Multilingual resources

2.3.f Library or research information

2.3.g Equipment (spotting ‘scopes or binoculars) for hire / free use


Clarification on 2.3.a. to 2.3.g 200 words maximum


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Section 3: People


Topics covered by your centre and programmes

3.1.a Wetland species

3.1.b The importance of wetland habitats

3.1.c Humans and wetlands (local history and livelihoods)

3.1.d Ecosystem services

3.1.e Earth sciences (geography, geology etc)

3.1.f Threats to wetland habitats

3.1.g WLI / international wetland conservation

3.1.h Practical ways the visitors can help make positive change for wetlands

Other (please tell us what)


Clarifications 3.1.a to 3.1.h 200 words maximum


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3.2.a Volunteer programmes

3.2.b Internships programmes

3.2.c Actively working with local communities and groups

3.2.d Activities for those with special needs

3.2.e Reaching out to under-represented groups

3.2.f Non-formal education / structured public sessions

3.2.g Guided walks and talks

3.2.h Demonstration of bird-ringing / banding

3.2.i Public participation in bird counting / monitoring / census

3.2.j Animal feeding sessions

3.2.k Interactive sessions with children

3.2.l World Wetlands Day (2nd February)

3.2.m World Migratory Bird Day (May, October)

3.2.n Other (please tell us what)


Clarification 3.2.a to 3.2.n    200 words maximum


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3.2.o On site sessions with students under 12 years old

3.2.p On-site sessions with 12-16 year old students

3.2.q On-site session for 16+ students

3.2.r Visits to schools and local groups

3.2.s Livestreaming and virtual/online sessions


Clarification on 3.2.0 to 3.2.s   100 words maximum


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Website, social media, digital

3.3.a Visitor facilities, prices, directions listed

3.3.b Multilingual

3.3.c Accessibility for people with disabilities

3.3.d Notice of recent or possible wildlife sightings

3.3.e Suggested itineraries for visit

3.3.f Introduction to organisation

3.3.g Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / other


Weblinks for those resources


Biodiversity management

4.1.a Species monitoring

4.1.b Habitat monitoring

4.1.c Invasive species monitoring or control

4.1.d Other biodiversity research

4.1.e What are the research structures?

4.1.f Interaction with Multilateral Environmental Agreements or similar, e.g. Convention on Wetlands, EAAFP, AEWA, IBAs


Clarification on 4.1.a to 4.1.e  200 words maximum


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5 What else? Any other activities, programmes, partnerships, features or factors that we should know about.

For what level of Star would you like to be considered?

Full star