This spring get nose-to-beak with ducks, geese and swans from around the world in the new World Wildfowl feed bay at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre. The new enclosure allows families to hand feed wildfowl, some will eat right from your hand.
The World Wildfowl area is home to over 230 birds from around the world like Hawaiian nene geese, Australian wood ducks and South African shelducks. The birds clamour to see the visitors who top-up their regular diet with this extra grain, especially during cold weather and in the spring breeding season. The new feed bay is surrounded fenced pillars with cylindrical signs that spin to reveal information about the birds that visit the bay for food. The new gated feed bay area replaces a former concrete slope that led to the water’s edge.
The paved pathway opposite the feed bay will soon lead to the new Discovery Hide, scheduled to open in June of 2013. This hide will have soft furnishings and homely features that morph into the more traditional ‘bird hide’ look to help novice birders get used to using binoculars and scopes to watch wildfowl. The Discovery hide is part of the Arun Riverlife project at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre. The final stage of the project is underway and should complete to open in June 2013.
Published 19th April 2013
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