Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Gloucestershire GL2 7BT
Slimbridge is home to the world’s largest collections of swans, geese and ducks. It is the only place in the British Isles where you can see all six species of Flamingoes. Besides the birds there is plenty of other wildlife to see such as Water Voles, hares, amphibians and dragonflies.
Located on the east side of the Severn River estuary, Slimbridge is the headquarters of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). There are eight other WWT locations dotted around the nation, including one close to London. For details go to Web: WWT Wetland Centres
These 325 hectares of protected wetlands was started by Sir Peter Scott, renowned artist and naturalist, in 1946. The beauty of this place is that it is visited by millions of migrating birds throughout the year and there are plenty of hides on the lakes and mud flats where visitors can get a good view of the visiting birds.
From autumn to spring, swans flock to Slimbridge where they can be seen being fed daily. The Bewick’s swans fly in on their migration from the Russian Arctic and seem to prefer to land in the Swan Lake right in front of the visitor Centre.
In spring the birds are in their brightest plumage and the Close Encounters exhibit allows visitors to feed the birds with special food purchased from the Trust.
Explore the depths of the wild reserve on a Land Rover Safari on selected days from spring to autumn. During summer on one of these trips you might be lucky enough to see the brilliant kingfishers.
Plan your Visit
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Times & Costs
Opening times vary during the summer and winter months so it is worthwhile visiting the WWT website Visitor Information for current details
Admission costs also vary depending on the class of entry ticket purchased. Again visit the WWT website Visitor Information for details. Free to WWT members. Check out Opening dates & Times plus admission cost information at the WWF Slimbridge web site - link below
Accessible - Essential helpers assisting disabled visitors have free admission
Level, hard packed paths or tarmac. Twelve out of fifteen hides are accessible to wheelchairs
Disabled toilets are throughout the site
Disabled parking in free car park
The Water’s Edge Restaurant serves sandwiches, cakes, salads and hot meals throughout the day. This restaurant is the ideal ‘snack place’ as it overlooks the Caribbean Flamingoes exhibit
The gift shop stocks a wide range of home wares, wildlife books, outdoor clothing, bird feeders/boxes, cards, postcards and stationery, children's gifts and souvenirs
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1453 891 900
Slimbridge Wetland Centre is conveniently located near the M5 between Gloucester and Bristol. For detailed information, visit the 'How to Find Us' section of the WWT website.
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