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A Wild Winter Weekend away at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

10th January 2020

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A world of wildlife awaits you at Slimbridge Wetland Centre this January.

A Wild Winter Weekend away at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

On Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 January, Slimbridge will be hosting a weekend of exciting talks, demonstrations and bird watching events with their Wild Winter Weekend. Winter is an amazing time to visit with up to 30,000 wintering birds across the reserve to admire! There will also be an exclusive opportunity to watch the Flight of the Swans film plus a guest appearance from Mark Carwardine.

Throughout the weekend Slimbridge will be bustling with activities;

  • Head out onto the reserve and meet expert guides who will be on hand to help you identify the winter wildlife between 11am – 3pm
  • Meet the winter geese in the Living Collection with a special walk at 11am
  • Watch a duck decoy demonstration at 2pm - a historic practice of catching wild ducks – a method once used for hunting and now used for conservation
  • Step back in time on a guided tour of Scott House Museum at 11am or 1.30pm
  • Watch wardens on the Rushy Lake feeding thousands of wintering birds from the heated Peng Observatory at 4pm

During the weekend you can see the Severn Wader Carvers in action as they display their beautiful bird sculptures or you can meet your local British Trust for Ornithology representatives and find out how to take part in the Wetland Bird Survey. There will also be a Bird Clubs Information Stand if you want to learn more about how you can get involved with surveys, walks and talks in Gloucestershire.

You may remember WWT and Sacha Dench put a totally new spin on migration with an epic 7,000km journey by paramotor from the Bewick’s swans’ arctic breeding grounds back to Slimbridge. A highlight of the Wild Winter Weekend will be an exclusive opportunity to see this epic journey on the big screen with the Flight of the Swans film, screening both days at 2pm.

Specialist talks will also take place over the weekend including ‘The Changing Fortunes of Bewick’s Swans’ with Kevin Wood from WWT conservation team at 12 noon on Saturday and ‘The Sir Peter Scott Story’ with Slimbridge 2020 Project Manager, Jackie Harris at 10.30am on Sunday; where you can hear the amazing story of WWT’s founder. On Sunday zoologist, environmental activist, award-winning writer and wildlife photographer, Mark Carwardine, will be making a guest appearance with his hilarious talk ‘Never, Ever, Ever Write a Field Guide!’ at 12 noon. Go behind the scenes to find out what it’s been like to spend the past six years working on the most comprehensive field guide to the world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises ever published!

All talks, tours and screenings are free during Wild Winter Weekend, please pre-book online to guarantee a place. Non-members can save 10% on centre admission by booking online in advance.

Entry is free to members, with small charges for additional items: Canoe hire - £7 per boat (All children must be accompanied by an over 18 year old. Minimum child age is 3 years).

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