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WWT Welney Wetland Centre

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Address: Hundred Foot Bank, Welney PE14 9TN, England
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+44 1353 860711
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WWT Welney has a beautiful wetland reserve and eco-friendly visitor centre....

WWT Welney has a beautiful wetland reserve and eco-friendly visitor centre. Every season is different; in spring watch breeding birds and chicks. In summer see dragonflies, butterflies, and wildflowers out on the summer walk. In winter the Ouse washes are home to thousands of whooper and Bewick’s swans, the largest gathering in the UK. Amazing events throughout the year and brilliant café for refuelling! Open everyday except Christmas day, see website for opening times.

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A wildfowl treat

We thoroughly enjoyed our day out here. The whooper swans and wintering ducks are easy to see close up to the main viewing point. How nice to be in a heated, wind-proof hide for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ken L
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Broughton Astley, United Kingdom
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Broughton Astley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our day out here. The whooper swans and wintering ducks are easy to see close up to the main viewing point. How nice to be in a heated, wind-proof hide for the best views - we are not used to such luxury when bird watching. The other hides were well worth the walk (not far) and meant... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

In winter, hundreds of Whooper Swans from Russia and Scandinavia descend on Welney and fields around it, along with smaller number of Bewick Swans and 1,000s of ducks of many species. The visitor centre is modern with a lovely café overlooking a lake, and then you walk over a footbridge to the main hide overlooking the flood where most of... More 

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The day we went was a bleak Sunday, however we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The swans were in feeding on the potatoes they had been fed. We could have done with our walking boots and binoculars. Will go prepared next time. Restaurant very good, Sunday lunch was on the menu, we chose the tomato homemade soup, delicious. Look forward to... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

The WWT centre at Welney provides a convenient stop off for lunch. The restaurant on the first floor has good access for disabled visitors (lift, toilets and plenty of space between tables) and provides excellent views of the surrounding wetlands. There is even a little area of outside seating which has both shaded and sunlit tables depending on the time... More 

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Thank Julian M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Fascinating afternoon...we arrived at 1pm and enjoyed a hot lunch in the Widgeon cafe. We'd booked to do the hare walk at 2pm but were disappointed to see only one hare in the hour's walk across some very wet fields...(take wellies). The 3.30pm swan feed was interesting to watch, from the warmth of the observatory. It is all wheel chair... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Visited on a day that the Swans were very active. The new Peter Scott viewing gallery is fantastic. Everything about this place is magical, (if you like nature) and I do.

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Thank John T
Emma B, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Hi John, thank you for taking the time to let us know you enjoyed your visit. Our swans will be with us for another month or two before heading back to their breeding grounds. Then a new influx of birds will arrive ready for summer; including avocets, little ringed plover, house martins, warblers and cuckoos. We look forward to welcoming... More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We went to watch the swan feed at 12 noon and really enjoyed ir. Plus we learnt so much about the swans, ducks and birds from the commentator. The hide is lovely and warm and the views fantastic. We then had a great lunch before going on the Hare Walk. This was probably the highlight of the visit as we... More 

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Emma B, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Hi Karen, thank you for giving us such great feedback after your visit. We're so pleased that you enjoyed our Festival of Swans weekend. We are able to put on such great events with the support of our volunteers, many of whom help us with swan feeding, guided walks and helping visitors with bird identification in the hides. I will... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

At first we were rather put off by the other visitors getting out of their cars. Everyone seemed to have outdoor clothing and high end cameras, telescopes and tripods. However we needn't have worried. A lovely lady explained all there was to see and we had a marvellous time. We didn't have binoculars but saw plenty of birds. The feeding... More 

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Emma B, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Hi John, thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your visit. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your first visit to our centre. We love welcoming visitors to our reserve whatever experience you have bird watching. We have equipment available for hire, or to purchase if you are ready to take your new hobby further. As... More 

Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

We had not visited in recent years due to access problems with snow and flooding so a return was very welcome. I am sure that this reserve has some of the most engaging and enthusiastic staff and volunteers that you will ever meet. The wildlife itself needs little advertising, but it is a very special place. As part of our... More 

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Emma B, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Great to hear that you have enjoyed a return visit to our centre after a few years away. When the reserve is in full flood, access is reduced, but this function of the Ouse Washes is vital as flood protection for homes, businesses and farmland along the River Ouse. Thankfully we have had a couple of flood-free years now, enabling... More 

King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

My wife and myself went here today for what was my first visit, my wife had been previously some 40 years ago. We both found it to be very interesting and informative.

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Emma B, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this review

We hope you enjoyed your first visit to our centre, there have been some considerable changes in the last 40 years so we're sure it will have been like a first visit for your wife too. We hope to see you again at WWT Welney soon. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience :-D More 

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