WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre temporarily closed

WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre has closed today as a precautionary measure, following the finding of a dead wild duck next to the estuary with H5N8 avian influenza, or ‘bird flu’.

This is a concern for local birds – not humans. This is not a strain of bird flu that has ever transferred to people.

The finding is not unexpected as the disease has already been found across Europe. Like other organisations across the country, we have been keeping a close eye out for any signs of the disease in birds this winter.

We will remain closed while we increase surveillance among wild birds on our reserve and our collection of zoo birds, and put in place any measures necessary to help protect them. We can’t speculate yet as to which day we might reopen.

We would like to thank our visitors and members for their patience and understanding, especially those who were looking forward to a Christmastime day out.

We invite any visitors with concerns or needing to rebook activities to email us at info.llanelli@wwt.org.uk. We will reply as soon as we can, once we have taken all the measures necessary to protect birds at the wetland centre.

Thank you again for your patience. We wish a happy Christmas to all our visitors and supporters.