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Outing to Welney Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Event info

Welney, in Norfolk, takes in 1,000 acres of the northernmost part of the Ouse Washes – Britain’s largest area of seasonally flooded land and provides habitat for the winter gatherings of many thousands of wild ducks, geese and swans.

We will meet in the cafe at 10am for a coffee or join us in the main hide or annexes when you arrive if you are later than this. If available, you can use the photography area in the basement of the main hide so you can photograph at the bird's level. There are other hides you can visit provided the flood levels are not too high. Please wear waterproof boots!!

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I have been informed by Welney that they have arranged an extras 'Swans Awake' event on Saturday 5th February (as the one on the 6th sold out)

Please see link here to event on Sat 5 February 6.30-9am - https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/whats-on/swans-awake-extra-date

There will be guides on hand to get the group to the hides to enjoy the swans waking up and flying out to the fields for the day, a fantastic range of winter wetland species from the hides and finishing the morning with a swan feed at the main hide, before returning to the centre for breakfast from the café (extra cost and book in advance).

As the event starts at 6.30am, if you are coming a distance, you may want to stay Friday night.

Entrance costs:


Ticket With Gift Aid Without Gift Aid
Adult £8.90 £8.09
Concession (65+, disabled, full-time student and unemployed) £7.60 £6.90

Included activities

Swans feeds and Fly In. The swans are fed three times a day at 12 noon and 3.30 pm encouraging movement of the wildfowl for flight shots. At dusk, large number of swans return from the fields where they have been feeding during the day to roost on the washes. If we are lucky with the weather, this can result in atmospheric flight shots.The haunting landscape of the Fens fills with the sound of swans calling to one another, their large feet slapping the water as they land and their wing beats as they pass over head. At 6.30 pm the swans are fed by floodlight, again a magical experience.

Hare Walks. There is a self-guided Hare Walk onto Lady Fen that can be good for views of Hare, waders and deer. Barn Owl and Short-Eared Owl are seen hunting along the banks

If you wish to stay overnight, the Travelodge at Ely is very convenient. There is an outing to Wicken and Burwell Fen on the Sunday '


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Event Organiser

Ann Miles


Venue Information

Cafe, toilet, small museum, 6  Hides including heated observation room.


Welney Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust

Hundred Foot Bank



Nr Ely

PE14 9TN