Due to heavy rainfall along the catchment of the River Great Ouse, the Ouse Washes are currently acting as a flood water storage area. Access is possible to the main hide and wing hides, all other footpaths and hides are closed due to flooding. Swan feeds and hare walk are still running as normal. The A1101 between Welney village and the Centre is closed, access is still possible from the A10 at Littleport and Downham Market.

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3.30pm Swan feeds

Date: Sat 19 October - Sun 8 March

Spend an afternoon at one of our winter wild swan feeds enjoying this experience from the comfort of our centrally-heated hide.

The excitment builds as the birds get ready to be fed, swans and ducks line-up waiting for the guide to appear. The live commentary begins and after an introduction to the reserve, the guide makes their way out to feed the birds. Watch a serene lagoon turn into a hive of activity as the birds feed! Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, the guide will point out any family groups or ringed individuals.

The pochard are busy diving beneath the surface of the water for the grain and the mallard say 'bottom's up' as they get in on the action.

After the feed, there is time to ask the guide any questions.

As dusk falls more swans fly back onto the reserve, from the fields they have been feeding in throughout the day. This creates a spectacular view of swans gliding overhead and decending onto the surface of the water.

Cost: Free to members, included in admission - you will need to purchase an admission ticket (10% off with online admission).
No need to book.

Time: 3.30pm start

Please note: We advise arriving at the centre 30 minutes prior to the swan feed you want to enjoy.

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

Open everyday, except Christmas Day