Each season brings its star species and spectacles to Welney Wetland Centre

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Warblers return in full song; garganey are on the lagoon; the chicks of waders, such as black-tailed godwit, avocet, redshank, lapwing and snipe, hatch and discover the waters.

Black-tailed godwits return to breed. Find out how we are working to protect this wetland specialist of the Fens. Enjoy listening to their whickering calls as they pair up and set about raising their young.

A variety of birds display to prospective partners ahead of breeding, their performance a treat for the eyes and ears. Highlights include lapwing, redshank, shoveler, garganey, avocet, little ringed plover and common tern.

The long-distance travels of many bird species mean anything can drop in. Ringed plover, greenshank, sandpipers, terns and ruff use our wetlands as a refuelling stop. Whilst cuckoo, yellow wagtail and sedge warbler stay for summer.

Spring across our wetlands

A round-up of wildlife news and work across the reserve from Spring 2022.

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Now you know a bit more about what to expect, find your way here, along with other important information.

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