The national partnership with the WWT has also resulted in many of the nine wetland centres nationwide making the switch to Kubota machinery, including WWT Slimbridge, the official trust headquarters and once home of its founder Sir Peter Scott, who is widely considered to be the founder of modern UK conservation.
The 1000-acre site is located halfway between Bristol and Gloucester on the estuary of the River Severn, and is home to much of WWT's pioneering work for rare and endangered species, such as its programme to re-establish a sustainable population of the Eurasian Crane to the Somerset Levels and Moors.
Grounds manager Nathan Dixon and his team of five maintain the site's grassy areas and wetland landscape. Last month he purchased a Kubota G26-II high dump mower through Slimbridge's machinery dealer Lister Wilder.
"A key requirement at Slimbridge is the removal of all of our green waste," explained Dixon.
"It's vitally important that grass cuttings are collected and removed on a regular basis. This makes the high dump function on the G26-II a vital addition, allowing us to quickly remove cuttings, minimising the time it sits on the ground and reducing the time consuming task of double collecting by our staff," he added.
Lister Wilder has also agreed to supply the WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes, joining the likes of Martin Mere Wetland Centre (Lancashire) and Arundel Wetland Centre (West Sussex), which already have Kubota machines.