Get ready for a Summer of Wonder

Families looking for a fresh adventure that will deepen their connection with nature can enjoy a new postcard adventure trail launching for the school summer holidays at WWT Welney. The trail is one of many activities planned that will offer a summer of wonder for all exploring the wetlands.

Giant postcards, designed by children’s illustrator Ella Beech, share personal messages from nine animals who live in wetland habitats around the world. Dotted across 1.4km of trail exploring part of our 1,300 acre wetland centre, those on the adventure trail at WWT Welney use a trail map to find the postcards and discover new wetlands and the animals that thrive within them.

Created to offer an unforgettable experience, the postcard trail will encompass all corners and habitats of the WWT centre, so not only will explorers read what’s happening in wetlands across the globe, but see, up close and personal, the interesting species enjoying the summer months at WWT Welney.

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This includes close up views of our high flying summer visitors like swallows and house martins nesting and caring for chicks at our main hide. Watching mute and whooper swan families with their ‘ugly ducklings’ on the pools and waterways viewed from our hides and trails. Making contact with otherworldly creatures at our moth mornings (Tuesdays each week), spotting day flying moths and colourful butterflies whilst bug hunting throughout our wetlands. Getting eye to eye with dragonflies and damselflies, some of them daintily flying over the grasses and wildflowers, whilst others find a sunny spot to perch and await a mate. The wealth of insect life is a vital part of the wetland ecosystem, both above the water’s surface and below.

Families completing the trail will have a WWT Welney postcard, so they may share their amazing experience and what they’ve learnt about wildlife and nature with a loved one.

Emma Brand, Events & Marketing Officer at WWT Welney, said: “We love sharing the wonder of the wetlands with families and can’t wait to welcome them this summer for a truly memorable day out. The postcard trail offers a real opportunity for them to explore nature and learn more about wildlife, both here and around the world. It’s a completely unique experience families simply won’t find anywhere else.”

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The postcard trail is part of an on-going programme of summer 2024 activities at WWT Welney that includes pond dipping, exploring nature with play, getting up close to insects whilst bug hunting, meeting otherworldly creatures at moth mornings and other activities. Families who want to get involved just need to pick up a trail map at the visitor centre. More information about this activity and all the exciting and educational things to do at WWT Welney can be found at

Participating in WWT Welney’s postcard trail is included with an admission ticket or is free to WWT members. The trail will run from Saturday 20 July until the end of the school summer holidays, full details can be found at Summer Postcard Trail

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