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.



A world of wildlife awaits at Welney Wetland Centre. With a variety of habitats on offer, there's always a star species on show. Check the latest sightings and find out how to make the most of Welney's wildlife.

Winter at Welney Wetland Centre

Experience spectacular winter wildlife as swans, ducks and wading birds flock in their thousands. The reserve is a hive of activity with morning and evening flight of swans, godwit flocks shoaling in the sky to avoid birds of prey and pochard roosting on the main lagoon.

Nature reserve

Welney takes in 1,000 acres of the Ouse Washes alongside 300 acres of wetland recreation, where some of the UK's rarest ground-nesting birds hatch their young.

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Latest sightings

Find out which species have made an appearance with our latest sightings, updated regularly by staff and volunteers.

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Wildlife guide

As the seasons change, so do the wild visitors. Find out what to see when with our Wildlife Guide.

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Viewing wildlife

Welney Wetland Centre has a variety of hides looking across the stunning Ouse Washes, the dragonfly ponds and reed beds.

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