WWT Welney

Swans awake

Sat 21 January

Join our warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. 

Time: 6.30am - 9am

Cost: adults £10, children £5 (optional breakfast, £6.95)

Each winter thousands of Bewick's and whooper swans make their winter migration to the UK, to escape colder countries.  Bewick's are the smallest and rarest of the three swan species in the UK.  Being much more timid than the larger whooper swans they tend to stay away from the swan feeds, so venturing out early gives you the best chance to see them. 

The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they take off and their wing beats as they pass over head. 

During the event access is given to the wildlife photography hide, towards the end of the event the birds on the main lagoon are given their breakfast and then you return to the visitor centre for your breakfast. 

Weather permitting.

Booking essential. Call 01353 860711 or email info.welney@wwt.org.uk

Additional information:

  • You may bring a torch if you wish
  • Binoculars would be an advantage, you may also wish to use a telescope, but there will be at least one scope available to borrow
  • We will advise of the conditions underfoot if we are using anything other than footpaths to walk on
  • Warm clothing is advised if you wish to observe the birds from outside the heated hide or if you are prepared to go to the further hides if they are available