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. We will post further updates as access improves.

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From birdwatchers to families there is plenty to discover all year round.

Tips for making the most of your day

  • When you arrive, check in at the gift shop to hear the latest updates and sightings whilst you get your admissions
  • Pick up a centre map and day planner - for free! Or download a map now.
  • Forgotten your binoculars? Hire some at the gift shop so that you don't miss any of the action
  • Families can pick up an explorer back pack from the gift shop
  • Daily flight in at dusk - don't miss the swans flying home to roost as the sun sets across the Fens!
  • Kingfisher with a brew - sit in the wigeon cafe and watch for the kingfisher making his regular visits to the pond outside.
  • First signs of spring - many of our birds currently on the reserve are starting to display to one another as new arrivlas begin to drop in!
  • Birds have ears too! You'll see much more around the site and in hides if you are quiet and approach slowly

Don't miss

Swan spectacle – get closer to nature from the comfort of our centrally heated hide. Watch thousands of birds seeking refuge in winter and use the swan research station to learn about our Bewick's and whooper swans.

Kaleidoscope of birds – be entertained by a range of colourful birds attracted to the feeders, viewed all year round.

Watch, make and do – learn more about wetlands with our art & craft activity stations or watch seasonal wildlife films.

Fenland worlds exhibition – find out how people made their livelihoods from the enormous wetlands that covered the flat lands known as the Fens, prior to the historical drainage works.

Dragons & damsels – admire up to 21 species of dragonfly and damselfly throughout the summer from the tranquility of the wetlands.

Pond dipping (Easter-mid October) – explore beneath the surface of the water in search of newts, beetles and nymphs with the equipment provided in summer.

Brown hares – watch these fascinating mammals year round by overlooking the 300 acres of our wetlands creation area from the Wigeon cafe, or get closer to them with guided walks (Oct-Feb).

Summer walk* – explore the further reaches of the reserve in search of wildflowers, insects and birds, leaving the stresses of daily life behind.

*Check news and wildlife sighitngs pages for latest access.