Welney

Explore the wetlands and its wildlife throughout the year, using our self-guided resources. In winter, learn about migratory birds at our daily wild swan feeds and witness thousands of swans, ducks and waders on the reserve. In summer, investigate different ecosystems by using our equipment to go pond dipping, bug hunting and bird watching.

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Self-guided resources

Here at WWT Welney, we offer unique and unforgettable self-guided learning experiences for you and your pupils, using our extensive range of fun and engaging resources designed to encourage pupils to explore the wonderful natural environments on site.

What teachers say

"Our visit was worth every penny. It sparked a curiosity in the children which led them to go off and do their own research. What a great experience."

Prices

All our prices include full access to our centre for the day, so you and your pupils can enjoy all that we have to offer.

Session typePupil (Under 4)Pupil (4-16 yrs)Student (17 yrs +)Adult (over ratio)
Full day admission without a learning session (self guided visit): £3.45£3.45£5.30£6.90

Free adult ratios

We offer free entry to adults within the following ratios, and free entry to all essential carers.

1:5 - Pre-school to Key Stage 1
1:10 - Key Stage 2+

Minimum numbers of pupils

We have a max number of 50 pupils per visit.

Sample Itinerary

Arrival

We'll meet you on arrival at the Visitor Centre and guide you to your base for the day. There you'll have time to use the toilets and space to eat a snack before you start your self-guided visit.

Self-guided learning session: Bird watching (year round)

Use the main observatory to spot birds feeding, preening or roosting on the main lagoon.  In winter, watch thousands of migratory swans and ducks, or see breeding birds building nests and raising chicks in summer. Displays inside the hide give information about swan migration, how we work in the local area to address some of the threats the swans face, and how the Ouse Washes work as a flood storage area, including an aerial floor map.

Self-guided learning session: Pond dipping (summer)

Use pond nets, trays and guides to catch and identify the fascinating creatures that live in our freshwater habitat at the pond dipping station.

Lunch

Have lunch in our Pond Room, back at the visitor centre with toilets nearby, where you can use microscope tables to see some of the smaller finds from the reserve in greater detail.

Self-guided learning session: Bug hunting (summer)

Use the bug pots and identification charts provided to explore the grassy edges along the footpaths to find butterflies, dragonflies and all kinds of bugs and beetles.

Self-guided learning session: Fenland Worlds Discovery Centre (year round)

Explore our Discovery Centre to find out about the Fens and how this amazing habitat has influenced the way people live their lives, in and around Welney.

Added extras

Extra equipment available

In addition to the self-guided resources provided at other Centres, we have a range of equipment that schools are free to use during their visit. This includes binoculars, microscopes, bug pots, magnifying glasses, and FSC identification guides.

Cost: FREE

Gift shop

Do your learners want to take home a keepsake? We have plenty of fun items for sale from 50p upwards.

Cost: Varied

Daily swan feeds

There are swan feeds with a live commentary at 12noon. These are open to the general public but schools are welcomed. The swan feeds take place daily, Jan-early March.

Cost: FREE

Summer walk

Explore the further reaches of the reserve (June and July) and look for wild flowers, insects such as bees, butterflies and dragonflies, and birds such as warblers and cuckoos.

Cost: FREE

Learning map and guide

Download the learning map and guide for WWT Welney. See all the facilities and fun things to see on your trip.

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Risk assessment

Download our risk assessment for WWT Welney to help you plan your day with us.

Contact us

Speak to one of our Learning team today at WWT Welney to book your visit or find out further details.

01353 860711