The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) was founded in 1946 to carry out conservation work on wetlands worldwide. Many wetlands have been destroyed due to development and pollution, causing damage to the populations of birds, fish, reptiles and mammals.
The WWT aims to stop this damage and improve the wetlands, both for the wildlife and for the public. Today, with a growing membership of over 200,000 people and over 60 years of experience, the WWT works towards saving endangered species, providing safe water for communities and reversing the effects of climate change.
The charity has many centres over the UK, one located in the Sussex countryside surrounding the market town of Arundel. Because of its close proximity to the South Downs, a wide variety of wildlife takes advantage of the lakes, streams and channels in the area. Autumn is a great time to visit as thousands of birds migrate to the UK, making the wetland reserves their temporary home.
A multitude of activities help visitors explore different aspects of the wetlands. During school holidays and weekends, pond-dipping sessions are available to catch and identify different species of pond wildlife. Or you can take the Reed Bed Boardwalk to discover the dragonfly pond, the woodland areas and the stunning reed chamber.
Along the way, you will encounter water voles, owls, peregrines and more, but you have to keep your eyes peeled to find them in amongst their natural habitat. A great way to take in the wetland centre is with one of the free boat safaris on offer, taking visitors on a journey through all of the areas in the reserve.
With so much countryside in Sussex, it’s unsurprising that a large area is used for natural conservation projects. The WWT in Arundel makes it possible for visitors and locals alike to truly understand the importance of caring for our environment to protect the animals and plant life that thrive in this area.
With a great cafe serving hot food between noon and 2pm and snack, cakes and cookies overlooking Swan Lake, WWT Arundel is a great place to take the kids open 9.30am to 4:30pm throughout the year except Christmas day.
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