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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6.30pm Floodlit swan feeds

Date: Sat 21 December - Sat 29 February (Saturday and Sunday only)

Due to current water levels whilst the Ouse Washes provide an essential role as a flood relief area, evening swan feeds are the best time of day to see good numbers of swans. From dusk the swans are flying back to the reserve to roost, and glide down onto the water in front of the hide, where they gather until they are fed at 6.30pm.

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

Time: 6.30pm 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