For our wetlands, it is a spectacular time of year. The first of our migratory birds arrive, having flown vast distances in search of food and warmth to shelter and our reserves transform into an impressive patchwork of rich textures and dazzling colour displays, as leaves turn amber, fruits and berries emerge from the hedgerows and fairy tale fungus sprout underfoot.
In fact, autumn is perhaps the nicest time of year to explore wetlands whatever the weather. They provide an abundance of space and fresh air for nature lovers to enjoy endless skies and epic sunsets. Comfortable hides, situated throughout our reserve, ensure visitors can protect themselves from the elements without missing out on amazing seasonal scenes.
WWT Slimbridge is a haven to amazing winter wildlife spectacles including an array of birds passing through on their winter migration or staying throughout winter including large flocks of lapwing, dunlin and golden plover flying in unison.
Gary Haseley- Nejrup, General Manager of WWT Slimbridge;
“Our WWT wetland centres are ideal places to immerse yourself in nature and there is no better time to see what Slimbridge Wetland Centre have to offer than autumn.
Our wetlands are safe havens where people can explore the outdoors. Its been a difficult period, but our wetlands promise to provide an escape from the everyday and a discovery of peace and tranquillity. For families, we have the Giant Lego Brick Animals around the site for all to spot on their visit so there’s plenty of fun to be had this autumn.”
All WWT wetland centres have the ‘We’re Good to Go’ stamp of approval, a UK-wide industry standard which has been developed in partnership with Visit England, Tourism Northern Ireland, Visit Scotland and Visit Wales. The accreditation means visitors can rest assured that WWT is doing everything to ensure they operate within the relevant government and public health guidance for managing coronavirus risk. These measures include managing numbers on site, ensuring social distancing and thorough cleaning regimes.To safely manage numbers on site, all visitors are all asked to book online. To book tickets and for more information, visit wwt.org.uk/slimbridge