image for Wildlife & Nature Event item type6.30pm Floodlit swan feeds at WWT Welney Wetland Centre

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Wildlife & Nature Event, Thu 1 Nov 2018 - Thu 28 Feb 2019

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6.30pm Floodlit swan feeds

6.30pm Floodlit swan feeds

Address

Hundred Foot Bank,
Welney,
Wisbech,
Norfolk,
PE14 9TN

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 1 Oct - Thu 28 Feb Hare walks
Sat 6 Oct - Sun 10 Feb Top Trumps Trail
Sat 20 Oct - Sun 10 Mar 3.30pm Swan feeds
Thu 1 Nov - Thu 28 Feb 6.30pm Floodlit swan feeds
Sun 18 Nov Swans awake
Sat 1 Dec Willow Workshop with Jane Frost

Details

Experience a stunning evening of watching wild swans being fed by floodlight from the comfort of the centrally-heated main hide.

You can hear the calls of the swans as you arrive after dark. The calls are getting close as you cross the bridge to the reserve and what you find when you get to the main hide is white forms gliding around an illuminated lagoon surrounded by the inky black of night.

Most of the swans have returned to the reserve to roost for the night, but the swans on the main lagoon get one last meal before tucking their bills under their feathers and counting sheep. The guide tells the story of the swans and their journeys they have made to get to the Ouse Washes for winter before going out to feed the birds. Enjoy close-up views of whooper and mute swans, as they tuck into the grain. Any ringed swans that come out onto the islands or stick their bottom up out of the water can be entered into the swan computer to find out more about them.

The guide returns to the hide after the feed, where there is time to ask any questions and get a bit of help reading any leg rings.

Cost: Included in normal admission and free to members, no need to book.

Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee.

Open everyday, except Christmas Day - Please note, no swan feeds on Christmas Day.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 1 Nov 2018 - Thu 28 Feb 2019 18:30

Prices

Cost: Included in normal admission and free to members, no need to book.

Groups of 12 or more people, who book to visit a swan feed can get a reduced admission fee.

Directions

See location of WWT Welney Wetland Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 546944  Lat: 52.52587 Long: 0.27784

By Road:
WWT Welney Wetland Centre is 12 miles north of Ely, 26 miles north of Cambridge and 33 miles east of Peterborough. It is 2 miles south of Welney village - turning off the A1101 at the New Bedford Suspension Bridge, signed Ten Mile Bank. Occasionally the A1101 is flooded between Welney village and the Suspension Bridge - and is closed to cars. Under such circumstances, access to WWT Welney Wetland Centre is always possible from Ely or Downham Market, off the A10.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu