WWT Welney

Floodlit swan feeds

Thu 1 November 2018 - Thu 28 February 2019

(Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)

Experience a stunning evening of watching wild swans being fed by floodlight from the comfort of the centrally-heated main hide.

You can hear the calls of the swans as you arrive after dark.  The calls are getting close as you cross the bridge to the reserve and what you find when you get to the main hide is white forms gliding around an illuminated lagoon surrounded by the inky black of night. 

Most of the swans have returned to the reserve to roost for the night, but the swans on the main lagoon get one last meal before tucking their bills under their feathers and counting sheep.  The guide tells the story of the swans and their journeys they have made to get to the Ouse Washes for winter before going out to feed the birds.  Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, as they tuck into the grain.  Any ringed swans that come out onto the islands or stick their bottom up out of the water can be entered into the swan computer to find out more about them. 

The guide returns to the hide after the feed, where there is time to ask any questions and get a bit of help reading any leg rings. 

Cost: Included in normal admission and free to members, no need to book.

Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee.

Open everyday, except Christmas Day - Please note, no swan feeds on Christmas Day.