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.


No lift access to the reserve: Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are unable to access the reserve at present, we are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Until the lift is working access is via a flight of 8 steps a landing and then 12 steps. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, access is still possible to the shop and cafe which have fantastic views out over Lady Fen and our bird feeders.



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.


The washes become colourful with wildflowers, dragonflies, butterflies and moths; the need to feed young spurs hawks and owls to hunt; swallows and house martins fledge.


The chances of seeing a kingfisher rise; greenshank, curlew, sandpiper, ruff and little stint are also in evidence.


Many thousands of ducks come in from the Arctic and are joined by the magical sight of up to 9,000 wild Bewick’s and whooper swans alighting on the lakes, just in time to take advantage of the centre’s floodlit feeds.