Be Wild this Winter
Thu 1 November - Sat 23 February
Winter is a fantastic time to visit Slimbridge with up to 30,000 wild wintering ducks, geese and swans feeding and roosting on the reserve.
Look out for huge flocks of wigeon, teal, lapwing and Bewick’s swans. Watch golden plover twinkling as they flock together in the sky and keep your eyes peels for the elusive bittern skulking in the reedbeds.
And if it gets too cold head indoors to our heated restaurant for a warming hot chocolate and delicious slice of cake. Take a trip up our observation tower for stunning 360 degree views of the Severn Estuary.
For those of you with little ones don’t forget to let them burn off some energy in our Riverlife playground and come along to our daily otter and toad talks. Grab a bag of bird seed from the visitor centre and feed our nene – the world’s rarest goose.
There’s so much to see do at Slimbridge this winter! Take a look below at some of our special wild winter events.
Wild Bird Feed
Witness the fantastic winter spectacle of thousands of wintering ducks and geese and hundreds of Bewick’s swans being fed by our warden. Starts 4pm from our heated Peng observatory.
Dates: Daily until Sunday 18 February.
Time: 4pm - 4:30pm
Swan Supper Evenings
Experience the beauty and sounds of hundreds of wild swans on a floodlit lake before enjoying a delicious two course meal at the Kingfisher Kitchen.
Dates: Every Friday and Saturday from 30 November 2018 to 9 February 2019
New Year’s Day Bird Watch
Make a great start to your year list with the chance of seeing over 80 species by joining our expert warden on their morning bird watch around the hides. Look out for wigeon, Bewick’s swans, white-fronted geese and golden plover. Followed by breakfast in our Kingfisher Kitchen.
Date: Tuesday 1 January
Wild Winter Weekend
Join us for a fantastic weekend celebrating our wintering ducks, geese and swans with a host of special birding events including bird watch mornings with our swan researchers, guides in the hides to help with bird identification, special talks from WWT’s experts, bird ringing demonstrations and more!
Date: Saturday 5 January and Sunday 6 January
Duck Decoy Demonstrations
Witness the historic practice of catching wild ducks in our duck decoy using a specially trained dog. Once used for hunting the decoy is now used to catch birds for conservation. Our warden’s dog will guide the birds into the decoy nets allowing our conservationists to catch and place leg identification rings on the birds.
Date: Every Saturday until 23 February