The colder, drier winter we have been experiencing has increased the amount of wildlife on show at Arundel Wetland Centre. A beautiful starling murmuration has been appearing at dusk and a flock of 32 Bewick’s Swan have been roosting overnight at the reserve. An elusive bittern has also been spotted roosting in the reed bed, too, attracting birders and photographers.
“We don’t get the starlings displaying every year and usually the Bewick’s swans come in only a couple of evenings each winter. This winter to have lots of both plus a bittern in the reed bed bittern is adding to the excitement.” said WWT Arundel Grounds Manager Paul Stevens.
The mornings are also great time to see the large number of wildfowl that are staying overnight at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre. WWT Arundel Wetland Centre Manager Dave Fairlamb said: “In the morning’s from the hides on the tranquil trail you can see grey herons and kingfishers catching their breakfast alongside wading snipe, water rail and lapwing.”
During National Breakfast week from January 25-31 Arundel Wetland Centre is opening at 8 am each day to serve breakfast from its popular Water’s Edge Cafe. Early birds who take advantage of this 1.5 hour earlier opening can take a guided boat trip and visit several of the wildlife hides on the reserve. There is no additional charge for the early admission to Arundel Wetland Centre, adults £11.95, concessions £9.50, children £6 and WWT members are admitted free.
Published 9th January 2015
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