The Ouse Washes are currently flooded after recent high rainfall, our main hides are closed but flooding is dropping daily. Swan feeds and hare walk are still running as normal. Access is possible to Nelson-Lyle hide and the screen towards Lyle hide with wellies. We will post further updates as access improves.

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Whooper swans arrive from Iceland

Posted on 03 Oct 2019

We have now welcomed back over 100 whooper swans who will spend their winter on the Ouse Washes. These birds have successfully made the 1,200 mile migration from Iceland across the North Atlantic Ocean, Scotland and Northern England. Scenes of swans grazing on the reserve and bathing in the pools, are making it feel that autumn is well and truly here. As well as the increase in swans, ducks such as teal and wigeon can be seen arriving and flocking up, and the first flocks of lapwing can be seen across the landscape.