From birdwatchers to families there is plenty to discover all year round. With experiences to suit all ages offering access to a huge variety of wildlife, it is no surprise we are an award-winning day out!

Tips for making the most of your day

  • Arrive early to avoid the crowds
  • Check the daily walks and talks schedule before you go to make sure you don't miss anything
  • When you arrive, check the Wildlife sightings board for updates on what's been seen that day
  • Pick up a centre map and day planner on arrival - for free! Or download our leaflet and map now and see all the amazing things you can do.
  • Birds have ears too! You'll see much more around the site and in hides if you are quiet and approach slowly
  • Don't forget to buy grain from the dispenser on the feed bay in World Wildfowl to feed the birds- 20p per handful. Grain is better than bread for healthy birds and clear water.

Don’t miss...

Stunning views – the reserve is framed by the rolling South Downs, towering Offham Hangar and majestic Arundel Castle.

Wetland discovery boat safaris – glide with a wildlife guide on quiet electric boats through wetland habitats. Wildlife surrounds you - ducks on the surface, the fish below, water voles rustle the reeds while peregrines and buzzards fly the skies above.

Arun riverlife – enjoy amazing views of Sussex wildlife from the windows of the café. Look out across rich wetland habitats and the kingfisher nesting bank.

Discovery hide – this hands on hide with children sized telescope and easy to use bird identification boards is a great start to a lifetime love of nature for families and beginning birders.

Tree creepers and pond skater play areas – families will enjoy these exciting, interactive areas.

World wildfowl feeding bay – a chance to get up close and hand feed rare and endangered birds from around the world.

Reedbed boardwalk – NOTE: The reedbedboard walk is closed for repairs from Juy 11-14. Take a stroll down a wooden boardwalk and lose yourself in the sights and sounds of our lovely and nationally important reedbed.

Wildlife sightings board – read this for regular updates on what’s been seen recently from the eight wildlife hides and different habitats across the reserve.

Pond dipping station and the meadow maze (seasonal) – discover mini-beasts in the ponds and meadows.

Wetland secrets– let the rich scent of wetland herbs and plants fill your senses while you discover their social and historic uses.