Slimbridge is home to over 300 hectares of wild wetland nature reserve with spectacular views of the Severn Estuary. Our internationally important natural intertidal saltmarsh gives way to wet grasslands and shallow lakes and ponds which are a haven for wildlife.
During the summer months (open April – October) explore the natural wildlife and landscapes of the Severn Estuary. Look out for amphibians, dragonflies and butterflies in the new ponds on your journey.
Visit our new fully wheelchair accessible walkway and viewing platform overlooking the River Severn. See if you can locate May Hill and the Forest of Dean on the other side of the river!
Look inside the World War II Pill Box that WWT founder, Sir Peter Scott used as a bird hide and retreat from the weather when out birdwatching on the Severn Estuary.
Built just after 1800, this tumbled down ex-shooting lodge was historically used by the Berkeley family, and often with royal guests. The hut has been completely rebuilt to replicate a working Goose House and is fully wheelchair accessible provides new bird watching opportunities over the ‘Tack Piece’ area of the reserve.
The accessible Summer Walkway ends at the Goose House, but for intrepid visitors, the path continues over the sea wall to ‘Mid-Point’.
Here during the summer months you will find an authentic Shepherds Hut that will offer shelter when the weather changes.
Go into the wild with our Reserve Wardens, splash through ditches and trundle along the sea wall.
Discover birds, wildlife, flowers and plants at stop-offs along the way, this really is a brilliant way to discover UK wildlife at its best and to go behind the scenes for access to the Reserve that you wouldn’t get to see.
Thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund we’ve rebuilt the old Goose House using traditional techniques, such as hand-carved wood and lime work. We’ve created a wheelchair accessible viewing platform and opened the portable Shepherds Hut on the sea wall.