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Duck the stress this World Wetlands Day and visit WWT Welney for a moment of calm

This World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2024, WWT Welney wants everyone to duck the stress of modern living and visit their local wetland for a moment of calm.

Research has shown that just ten minutes in a wetland setting, spaces like a marsh, lake or river, is enough to boost your mood, and WWT wants to share the stress-busting power of wetlands with as many people as possible this year.

To get more people visiting blue spaces WWT, the charity for wetlands and wildlife, has announced that for the World Wetlands Day weekend (2-4 Feb) any paying visitor or WWT member visiting their sites, including WWT Welney will be able to bring a friend for free.

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WWT Welney have an array of activities available for people visiting on World Wetlands Day and the weekend. Connecting people to wetlands and wildlife through guided opportunities as well as a helping hand to explore alone or with friends and family.

Activities include:
World Wetlands Day, Fri 2 February

  • World Wetlands Day guided walk – 2-3pm
  • Meet local artist – Tales from the Fen, Lizzie Ault 10am – 2pm
  • Commentated swan feeds – 12noon & 3.30pm
  • Family activities available in our Pond Room

Sat 3 February

  • Swans awake morning, pre-booked event, 6-9am. Find out more.
  • Meet local artist – Tales from the Fen, Lizzie Ault 10am – 4.30pm
  • Commentated swan feeds – 12noon, 3.30pm & 6.30pm
  • Storytelling and eel craft with local author Elaine Macdonald, 1.30-2.30pm. Suitable for pre-school and primary age.
  • Guided hare walk – 2-3pm
  • Family activities available with a guide – build a bird feeder, owl pellet dissection and crafts

Sun 4 February

  • Swans awake morning, pre-booked event, 6-9am. Find out more.
  • Commentated swan feeds – 12noon, 3.30pm & 6.30pm
  • Family activities available in our Pond Room
  • Guided Wetland Walk – 2-3pm

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WWT Welney will also encourage visitors to share their experiences on site by writing down how wetlands make them feel as part of a participatory word cloud.

More widely WWT will be recommending some of the UK’s other best wetlands and sharing the sights and sounds of wetlands digitally for those who can’t visit a blue space in person over the World Wetlands Day weekend.

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Emma Brand at WWT Welney said: “At WWT we celebrate wetlands 365 days a year, but World Wetlands Day helps us bring even more people to our sites to share the beauty and serenity of these super-powered habitats.

“With the theme of World Wetlands Day this year focusing on wetlands and human wellbeing it’s the perfect weekend to share a moment of calm with your friends and loved ones.”

World Wetlands Day, celebrated annually on 2 February, aims to raise awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and planet.

To find out more about what WWT Welney is doing for World Wetlands Day offer click here: https://www.wwt.org.uk/discover-wetlands/world-wetlands-day/

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