WWT Welney

Get closer to cranes foraging at WWT Welney Wetland Centre before they move on for winter.

Cran flock at Welney (c) Tony Orwell

Image: Crane Flock at Welney (c) Tony Orwell

For the last few autumns the growing crane population has begun an autumn ritual of feeding up on the wetlands at Welney. Numbers start to build by mid-September, reaching almost 40 in 2017. This post-breeding flock is made up of pairs and their now fledged young from the summer, as well as non-breeding individuals.

The sight of cranes flapping and gliding through the sky as they move around the reserve and out to nearby fields to feed is just incredible.

The best places to see the cranes are from the visitor centre, overlooking Lady Fen or between our main hide and Lyle hide on the reserve. As we start to welcome back thousands of whooper swans by mid-October, crane numbers begin to drop so this really is an autumn highlight not to miss.