Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is Britain's largest charity aimed at protecting and promoting wetland environment. The WWT maintains 9 centres throughout the UK in environmentally important areas, providing a homeland for a variety of rare and unusual bird species, including geese, swans, ducks, and flamingoes. In total, the WWT manages over 4000 acres of wetlands, including five Special Protection Areas and seven Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Slimbridge was the first of the WWT centres to open, welcoming its first visitors in 1949. The wetlands at Slimbridge are home to nesting and migratory birds from around the world, including some rare and endangered species.
The habitat areas are bisected by walkways, allowing visitors to view and interact with many of the birds at close hand. There are also a variety of hides, allowing quiet viewing of shy species without overly alarming them.
Among the many dozens of species that can be seen at Slimbridge are the black-necked swan, Hawaiian Goose (Ne-Ne), Red-Breasted Goose, Abyssinian Blue-Winged Goose, Smew, Scaup, Stint, and on, and on; Slimbridge is a real bird watcher's paradise.
Slimbridge for families
A resounding thumbs up! Our children, ages 12 and 6, adored Slimbridge. We paid a small amount (70p) for a bag of bird food for each of our children, and that kept them excited and occupied feeding birds for an hour and a half.
Aside from contact with the birds at Slimbridge, the visitor centre had some excellent, entertaining, and educational displays aimed at teaching children the role of wetlands in our ecological system. You could easily spend half a day at Slimbridge in a family group.
Address: Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England, GL2 7BT
Attraction Type: Family Attraction
Location: On a minor road west of Slimbridge village. The centre is well signposted, and there is plenty of parking.
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Dr Jenner's House - 4.2 miles (Historic Building)
Frocester Tithe Barn - 4.2 miles (Historic Building)
Berkeley, St Mary's Church - 4.3 miles (Historic Church)
Berkeley Castle - 4.3 miles (Castle)
Nympsfield Long Barrow - 4.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Uley Long Barrow (Hetty Pegler's Tump) - 5.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Westbury Court Garden - 5.6 miles (Garden)
Westbury on Severn, St Mary, St Peter, St Paul - 5.6 miles (Historic Church)
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