Welney Wetland Centre

Welney Wetland Centre

Welney Wetland Centre has had another successful year with the headstarting work of Project Godwit; a total of 48 hand-reared black-tailed godwit chicks were released into the wild, bringing the total to 112 over the last three breeding seasons. The wild population was boosted by the return of 21 of these headstarted black-tailed godwits, from their wintering grounds, in southern Europe and northern Africa, to the area they were released last year. These birds will…

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Welney Wetland Centre

Welney Wetland Centre

For wetlands, spring and summer brings new life. Will you discover something new at your local Wetland Centre this season? With a successful spring the efforts of the busily nesting birds will be rewarded with the hatching of their chicks. In early summer watch avocet, lapwing, redshank and common tern chicks as they become more adventurous, feeding in the shallow water. Ducklings and cygnets will be following their parents around the pools and ditches, sometimes…

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WWT – Welney Wetland Centre

WWT – Welney Wetland Centre

The North wind doth blow and we shall have swans. Wrap up warm and watch the wildlife this winter at your local Wetland Centre. During this season, the Ouse Washes and WWT Welney become the home of our three species of swans: mute, whooper and Bewick’s. With a range of swan feed events you have a good chance of finding these wonderful waterfowl on the reserve. For the early birds why not book onto one…

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WWT – Welney Wetland Centre

WWT – Welney Wetland Centre

Late summer and autumn brings a host of species to your local Wetland Centre, resulting in a busy time for the reserve team, as we ensure the habitats are just right to receive them. For the birdwatchers, this is the best time to look out for migrating birds, as they travel from their summer breeding grounds to warmer climes for the winter. By lowering the water levels on the pools, we can create muddy patches…

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Bugs, botany and baby birds; the summer sights, scents and sounds at your local Wetland Centre.

Bugs, botany and baby birds; the summer sights, scents and sounds at your local Wetland Centre.

Each spring brings with it the excitement of birds nesting and rearing young. The habitats on the nature reserve at WWT Welney provide ideal nesting sites for our regular summer visitors, including avocets, black-tailed godwits, reed warblers and swallows. This spring has been extra special as it saw common cranes successfully breed for the first time at Welney. In March a pair of common cranes, a species which until recently had been absent from the…

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Spring has sprung at your local wetland centre

Hello from WWT Welney Wetland centre, we are situated less than seven miles from the centre of Littleport. Plus we are on the same side of the Ouse Washes as you, so when the Welney Wash Road floods it does not affect access from the A10 and yourselves. We see most of our human visitors during our winter season when about 10,000 swans return to the Ouse Washes, and we provide a fantastic place to…

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WWT Welney is a neighbour with lots to offer!

WWT Welney is a neighbour with lots to offer!

Now is the perfect time to come and experience the winter wildfowl spectacle at WWT Welney. The arrival of thousands of ducks and swans over the past two months will soon bring numbers to their peak. Whooper swans coming in from Iceland can reach numbers of 8,000; whilst the smaller, shyer Bewick’s swans coming in from Arctic Russia number 3,000. To see the most swans a visit at dawn or dusk is best. The swan…

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