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.
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."
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 type||Pre-school||Recption to KS2||KS3 to KS4||KS5+||Adult|
|Full day admission without a learning session (self guided visit):||£3.45||£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.
1:2 - Pre-school
1:5 - Reception & Key Stage 1
1:10 - Key Stage 2
1:15 - Key Stage 3 +
Minimum numbers of pupils
We have a max number of 50 pupils per visit.
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.
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.
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.
Do your learners want to take home a keepsake? We have plenty of fun items for sale from 50p upwards.
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.
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.