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WWT Welney Wetland Centre

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Hundred Foot Bank, Welney PE14 9TN, England
+44 1353 860711
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a lovely isolated gem

The Welney Wetlands Centre is a little gem, in a quiet, isolated spot, and really feels as if it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sue W
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Wonderful Welney

We first visited when staying nearby during October half term. We enjoyed the setting, the swans... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
allSarah
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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WWT Welney has a beautiful wetland reserve and eco-friendly visitor centre. Every season is different; in spring watch breeding birds and chicks. In summer see dragonflies, butterflies, and wildflowers out on the summer walk. In winter the Ouse washes are home to thousands of whooper and Bewick’s swans, the largest gathering in the UK. Amazing events throughout the year and brilliant café for refuelling! Open everyday except Christmas day, see website for opening times.
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“bird watching” (14 reviews)
“the reserve” (17 reviews)
“pond dipping” (13 reviews)
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Hundred Foot Bank, Welney PE14 9TN, England
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+44 1353 860711
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Welney Wetlands Centre is a little gem, in a quiet, isolated spot, and really feels as if it is a long way from anywhere, situated in the middle of open fenland on the Norfolk/Cambs border. It is the perfect spot for the keen bird...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We first visited when staying nearby during October half term. We enjoyed the setting, the swans and the atmosphere so much we instantly joined the WWT and visited again the next day, then again (one hour from home) about 6 weeks later in the hope...More

Thank allSarah
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

This place is a must for birdwatchers - superb hides, well-informed staff as well as a great restaurant and gift shop. There are also opportunities for nature walks outside the main buildings. We spotted a barn owl, hares and roedeer when we visited in January.

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Reviewed 3 February 2018

This was our annual visit to see the over wintering swans. The reserve was flooded so only the observatory open. We stayed for the 12.30 swan feed.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

So if you want some nice easy birding in a comfy heater hide this is the place to come . Ducks , geese and swans right in front of the hide . Great visitor centre where you can also view the many bird feeders outside...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Visited here late December on a freezing but bright day, had the best time! The heated observatory with free binos and ID books for everyone to borrow was a winner, huge quantities of a large variety of waterfowl, volunteers who were only too happy to...More

1  Thank Amanda G
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Even on a chilly, grey, rainy day with flooding all around the centre it was a mesmerising place to be watching swans and ducks go about their business and gather for feeding time. Due to quantity of water the muddy areas frequented by wadders was...More

Thank Charbala
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WWTWelney, Front Office Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Hi Charbala, Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed our reserve even though we are currently flooded it’s nice that you enjoyed the observatory and the birds. We are very sorry however that you did not enjoy the food and drink we...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

For non-birders, the highlight is probably the swan/duck feed which is best viewed from the main hide (access to which is not generally affected by water levels). With binoculars it was possible to examine a much wider area of the washes and pick out a...More

Thank LondonKaytee
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WWTWelney, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Hi Kaytee, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Glad you enjoyed your visit. We have so much to see all throughout the year, the swans are the highlight in the winter alongside huge flocks of ducks and wading birds. Then when we get...More

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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

It was damp and foggy when we arrived but the welcome we received warmed our hearts. Bright and airy with wonderful cooking smells made us think that perhaps a mug of coffee and a look out of the window wouldn’t go amiss rather than the...More

Thank Mikall
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Emma B, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2017

Hi Mikall, Thank you for sharing your lovely review of you visit to our Wetland Centre. Hopefully the next time you visit us the weather will be brighter, so that you can enjoy the reserve that much more. Thank you for sharing your photos from...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Here you can learn about the amazing journey swans take to be here in our fens. There is rather an interesting museum too.

Thank andrew b
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Emma B, Public Relations Manager at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2017

Hi Andrew, Thank you for leaving a review of your visit to our Wetland Centre. The way the reserve looks and the different species of wildlife using the wetlands, change throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming you back for another visit soon :-)

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j0andrews
2 August 2017|
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Response from WWTWelney | Property representative |
Hi, Apologies for the delay. Hopefully you have been able to contact us on 01353 860711 by now. If not, or, you are yet to visit us we do hire out binoculars to visitors. These are £5 for the day with a £20 deposit... More
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Richard E
I was thinking of walking to the centre from Downham Market by following the public footpath down the NW side of the New Bedford River. This path appears to pass straight through the Wetland Centre but I think it may be more complex than that, and the only access to the facilities is from the road (Station Road) on the SE side of the river, over the covered wooden footbridge. My question is: Can I gain access to the Wetland Centre hides and so on from the public footpath or do I have to stick to the road? Alternatively, there is another public footpath on the SE side of the same river which I could take, but it seems to be separated from the road by a barbed wire fence, which I could probably tackle, but would prefer not to. Which route would you advise me to take? I don't begrudge you the entrance fee, but I would prefer not to have to walk all the way to the suspension bridge at Wash Road and back again just to get in. Suggestions please.
28 January 2017|
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Response from WWTWelney | Property representative |
Hi Richard, You can't gain access to WWT Welney from the public footpath on the NW side of the river, the only access is through the visitor centre which is on Station Road. There is a bridleway on the SE bank of the New... More
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Barbara S
24 October 2016|
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Response from WWTWelney | Property representative |
Hi Barbara, We hope that you do decide to come and visit us this winter. Our busiest week of the year for visitors is Boxing Day to New Year's Day. We've got plenty of information on the website about events and activities... More
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