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The Big Hideout

Calling all budding birdwatchers!

This half term, kids are taking over our bird hides.

Borrow a pair of binoculars or get crafty and make your own. Discover the wild birds that live in our wetlands – and how to tell them apart. And let your imagination soar with our bird-themed activities.

Whether you’re a beginner with binoculars or a seasoned spotter, it’s the perfect time to step into our hides and discover something new.

The Big Hideout’s big activities:


  • Pick up a Spotter's winter guide to wetland birds and tick off the birds you can find during your day. These are included in our backpacks for younger explorers, or as a handout for more mature explorers.
  • Spend some time in our pond room
    • Spot birds on the feeders with a guide
    • Feed the birds - create a bird feeder of your own to take home or make a sunflower planter to grow bird food for the future
    • Get crafty - make an origami swan, a Bewick's swan hat or a handprint duck
  • Step inside our main hide
    • Spot birds out on the water with a guide
    • Enjoy a commentated swan feed - daily 12noon and 3.30pm

Special events

Storytelling and eel craft with Elaine Macdonald, Sun 18 February, 1.30 & 2.30pm, 30 minutes each. Suitable for pre-school and primary age. Meet Elvie the eel and find out about her incredible story from local author Elaine Macdonald, make an eel spinner to take home as a token of your day. Sign up at the welcome desk.

Bird box building workshops, Mon 19, Tues 20 & Wed 21 February - 10-12 & 1-3pm
£17 per person/box, these are booked events with limited places. Full details of event and how to book on the event page.

Public bird log day, Wed 15 February, all day
Meet the reserve team, ask them questions about how they look after our beautiful wetland wildlife and report in your bird sightings for the day to be included in our weekly bird log.

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