February International Awareness Days

Dip your toes in new waters World Wetlands Day! 2 February annually

World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day

On 2 February it will be World Wetlands Day, your chance to find out more about the Wetlands of the UK and the world!

There will be events held around the globe to celebrate the purpose of the day, from seminars to nature walks and community clean up days in over 98 countries worldwide.

The date of February 2nd was chosen as it marks the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands which took place in the Iranian city of Ramsar near the Caspian Sea on 2 February 1971.

The theme chosen for World Wetlands Day 2017 is “Wetlands for disaster risk reduction”.  There will be an emphasis on the agriculture and wetland sectors working together along with the water sector to secure the best possible outcome.

This year across the UK the Wildlife Trusts will be holding events to raise the public’s awareness of wetland values and benefits and the Ramsar Convention.  The UK’s wetlands are home to some of our most exciting wildlife, like otters and beavers, and this is your chance to learn more.

In the past there have been walks around the Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes, and this year looks set to be just as entertaining, so get your welly boots ready!

To find out more, visit the World Wetlands Day website.

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