Please note that we will be closed Mon 14 - Fri 18, Mon 21 & Tue 22 October. This is due to road closures in Slimbridge village. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We are open as usual on the weekends.

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Welly Boot Land is open but has no running water. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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October WeBS count
13 Oct 2019

October WeBS count

* Please see the link for centre/reserve closure info this week* https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridgeA wet and windy Wetland Bird Survey produced a variety of birds, totals for wetland birds follow, other species noted included 1 Redwing, 1 L...

Super South Lake
12 Oct 2019

Super South Lake

South Lake Some great birding here this morning. A very high count of 160 Knot is most unusual for the South Lake, Black tailed Godwit almost as impressive with 308 among them were 59 Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 2 Redshank and a Ruff. A good selection of ducks...

Centre reopen for the weekend
11 Oct 2019

Centre reopen for the weekend

The Visitor Centre and reserve will be reopen again this weekend as normal, but please observe any signage as you pass through the roadworks in the village...

Centre closed today
10 Oct 2019

Centre closed today

A reminder that the Visitor Centre and reserve are completely closed today and Friday due to roadworks in the village...

Redwing arriving
09 Oct 2019

Redwing arriving

A few Redwing are passing overhead this morning, with a couple dropping in to the Decoy Wood...

Last days of the dragons
08 Oct 2019

Last days of the dragons

With the weather gradually cooling down and getting wetter, the increasingly rare patches of sunshine are helping the last of the dragonflies still on the wing...

A dark start
07 Oct 2019

A dark start

The overnight rain and thick cloud left a very dark start to the morning with a grey and wet outlook for the day ahead. First two Redwing of the season flew over the grounds this morning heading towards the South Lake‚Äč...

Sunny Sunday
06 Oct 2019

Sunny Sunday

A break in the weather and a lovely sunny day for birding and keeping an eye out for the Otter - seen again at the Zeiss Hide...

Black Tern, Bittern, Marsh Harrier and an Otter
05 Oct 2019

Black Tern, Bittern, Marsh Harrier and an Otter

Great birding again from the Zeiss Hide...

Marsh Harrier
04 Oct 2019

Marsh Harrier

Look out for the Marsh Harrier around the Dumbles and Top New Piece, from the Zeiss Hide...

Next sign of winter?
03 Oct 2019

Next sign of winter?

The first Pochard of the winter season were on the Rushy this morning, a sure sign winter is on its way as birds start to arrive and slot in to their winter routines, although they are still a few weeks too early for the wheelbarrow to arrive!...

Work continues
02 Oct 2019

Work continues

If you have visited the reserve recently you will no doubt have noticed lots of work taking place around the Tack Piece and fields to the north...

Don't forget the Bittern
01 Oct 2019

Don't forget the Bittern

Another big tide once again inundated the Dumbles and produced some great birding at the Zeiss Hide...

Another big tide
30 Sep 2019

Another big tide

The height of the tides for the next few days have been revised upwards so the Dumbles was underwater again this morning, pushing birds into the Zeiss Hide and off the estuary...

Severn floods the Dumbles
29 Sep 2019

Severn floods the Dumbles

A very high tide flooded the foreshore and Dumbles, creating perfect conditions for birds, at least 3000 birds were feeding here after tide had dropped. We have an even bigger tide forecast tomorrow. Best place to view is from the Sheperd's Hut hide or fr...