Welney WWT Reserve

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Welney WWT Reserve
4,500 Bewick's swans from Arctic Russia visit Welney in the winter

4,500 Bewick's swans from Arctic Russia visit Welney in the winter

Covering 1,000 acres the reserve plays host each winter to thousands of migratory swans from Arctic Russia and Iceland along with tens of thousands of other wildfowl.Rare breeding waders including black-tailed godwit join avocet,snipe, lapwing and little ringed plover in spring and migrant birds have included black tern (breeding) ,short-eared owl, red-footed falcon, american wigeon, green winged teal, black-necked and red-necked grebe in breeding plumages.
In summer resident corn bunting are joined by yellow wagtail, marsh harrier and kingfisher.There are also plenty of dragonflies, water voles and newts.In autumn the lagoons become a staging post for migrant waders such as greenshank, curlew sandpiper and little stint.
The reserve has fantastic new eco-friendly buildings which include educational features and a cafe.
Opening times
Open 7 days a week, except 25 December
Summer
9.30am to 5.00pm - Visitor Centre, Shop, Reserve and Observatory
9.30am to 4.30pm - Wigeon Cafe
Last admissions are at 4.30pm
Winter (Mon 3 November 2008 - Sun 1 March 2009)
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
10.00am to 5.00pm - Visitor centre/shop/reserve (Wigeon café closes at 4.30pm)
Thursdays - Sundays
10.00am to 8.00pm – Visitor centre/shop/reserve (Wigeon café closes at 7.30pm)
Late night last admission at 6.30pm.
Occasionally, during the winter months, the A1101 between Welney village and Suspension bridge is flooded. This flooding can also affect access to some parts of the reserve. At these times, regular updates will be posted on the website. In times when there is no flooding, no further notice will be posted. If you are unsure about the current conditions, or would like further information, please call the centre on 01353 860711 before you leave home.
for further details,visit the Welney web site here

Bewick's or Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
Recommended reading: Bewick's Swan
Popular among both birders and the wider public, these elegant birds are among the best-studied waterfowl in the world. In Bewick’s Swan, Eileen Rees tells the story of these birds in rich detail. Rees discusses population and distribution, breeding biology, wintering behaviour, food and feeding ecology, taxonomy and phylogeny, migration, and conservation. Personal recollections weave through the narrative. The result is a fascinating and highly readable monograph, showcasing one of the flagship species of wetland conservation.
Hardback 320 pages. 234x154 mm. Illustrations 16 pages of colour. Poyser
Click here for ordering details.....
Recommended reading: Bewick's Swan
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