Don't let the rain keep you cooped up indoors. With all this unpredictable summer weather, here's our guide to making the most of a rainy day at Llanelli Wetland Centre. We've got you covered whatever the weather decides to do!
On rainy days, you'll feel like you've got the place to yourself. With so much space and plenty of cover across the wetlands, you can enjoy a different pace of family life. Take time to enjoy the sound of rain on the wooden roof of a hide or the drip of a raindrop in a pond or puddle. Jump in the puddle! Go on! Nobody's watching.
The ducks love the rain. Listen to them dabble and preen, splashing without a care in the world, making all kinds of incredible quacks and squeaks to each other. We all need to be a bit more duck.
We've also got lots of organised activities for the whole family over the summer holidays, come rain or shine.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, head to the Discovery Room at 11 am to take a look at the incredible array of moths trapped overnight. From tiny micro moths of bright gold to big pink and green Elephant Hawk-Moths and vibrant underwings - there's so much variety! Find out more about these fascinating creatures of the night and how important they are for a healthy ecosystem.
When the rain falls, the Wetland Wizard will appear in the indoor soft play area at 10.30 am for his daily tale of animal magic to entertain and delight the little ones. On dry days, he'll be back at his hut in the woods. What a thoughtful wizard!
If you're outdoors when the heavens open, there are plenty of places to shelter and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of summer rain falling.
There's good cover from the trees in the woods and Explore play area - so you can happily enjoy some wild play in Explore or build yourself a den without getting too soaked. The sound of raindrops hitting the leaves above is an amazingly comforting and invigorating sensory experience.
There are also wooden play huts to shelter in around Explore... Just don't wake up the Wizard!
Play in the Water Lab and learn about the water cycle. Turn the waterwheel to scoop up all of this lovely rain and watch it spill and splash through the multicoloured windows. Listen to steel cups slowly fill with rain - drip, drip, drip - and the waterfall as they overfill and the water cascades into each cup below on its way to the ground.
There are accessible hides across the wetlands, each offering something different for every visitor. On rainy days, the wildlife you can see from the comfort of a hide will be totally different to a sunny day, and the birds act differently when it rains. It really is lovely weather for ducks!
If you head to the Heron's Wing Hide, the big windows offer you a great view of the sky and the lake below. You can watch the Swallows and Sand Martins swoop above as they dodge raindrops to catch bugs; look down to the water and vegetation to spot ducks, swans, moorhens, and even Kingfishers hunting. You can hire a pair of binoculars from the shop if you'd like to see more. To see across the estuary and scrapes, pop up to the Viewing Tower to use the telescope. Here you'll see Egrets, Redshank and many more charismatic species.
We've got our soft play area for little ones, books, a colouring table, Lego, and even a swan train to play with. Take in glorious views of the pond, watching Dragonflies skim the water and birds happily feeding on our new feeders while you enjoy a coffee. Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Tits and Great Spotted Woodpecker are regular visitors - and the chubby Grey Squirrels plopping in the pond will give you a laugh.
See or hear something you don't recognise? Use our iPad to identify any mystery birds discovered on your visit. With photos, videos and sounds, it's a great way to learn more about the wild species here at the wetlands, and, of course, you can always ask one of our volunteers on the Info Desk for advice.
Put on your wellies, pick up your umbrella, and embrace the rain! Splash around our grounds puddle jumping, or head to Explore and get muddy. Squelch through the muddy obstacle courses, bounce across the wobbly bridge to the wet woods, and balance along a reedy ramble, discovering the wildlife and secret nooks.
On the nature reserve, feel the wet willow leaves brush against your cheeks and hands as you make your way around Swan's Nest Maze, getting lost in the green corridors as you try and find the giant swan's eggs in the middle. Water Vole City is another great play area on the reserve, and you can slide through the tunnels on wet days and get lost in the banks and paths. Real voles have been spotted here, so keep your eyes open for these special furry creatures.
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