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Lose yourself in a winter wonder wetland at a WWT site

WWT Slimbridge swans

This year, people have been connecting with nature in new and interesting ways and winter at WWT is the perfect excuse to wrap up and get outdoors to experience the beauty that the coldest season has to offer on and around the wetlands.

WWT reserves are some of the most awe-inspiring places to visit with loved ones to experience the joy and restorative power of nature this winter. A sprinkling of frost and a heavy-hanging sun casting an ethereal glow across an expanse of wetlands is a must for anyone looking for a lift. They are packed with winter wetland wildlife and opportunities to get back to nature and create cherished memories. WWT reserves are the perfect escape during the long winter months.

If there’s one thing this year has taught us, it’s that getting outside in nature, is vital for health and wellbeing. And even in the depths of winter when it’s cold and wet outside, being around water and wetlands, in particular, can bring extraordinary benefits.

Hannah Clifford from WWT said:
“As the temperature dips and the dark nights draw in, it’s tempting to go into hibernation mode but to do so is to miss one of the most enchanting periods for nature on our wetlands.
“Whether it’s photographing spectacular ice patterns on frozen waters or listening to the trickling of a meandering stream, spending time in nature can do wonders for your wellbeing.
“Our WWT wetland centres are ideal places to take in the fresh air and appreciate what the great outdoors have to offer, in a safe way.”

WWT’s nine wetland centres across the UK each have their own unique draw so that there is something for everyone wherever they are in the country. From the breath-taking sight of visiting Brent geese on the Strangford Lough at Castle Espie or the trumpeting sounds of the thousands of whooper swans who’ve voyaged from Iceland to WWT Martin Mere, each reserve serves up an eclectic smorgasbord of wintry spectacles.

All WWT wetland centres have the ‘We’re Good to Go’ stamp of approval, a UK-wide industry standard which has been developed in partnership with Visit England, Tourism Northern Ireland, Visit Scotland and Visit Wales. The accreditation means visitors can rest assured that WWT is doing everything to ensure they operate within the relevant government and public health guidance for managing coronavirus risk. Wide paths, abundance of outdoor space, enhanced cleaning regimes and online booking system all mean visitors can relax and enjoy their visit, confident WWT is doing everything needed to keep everyone safe.

WWT have made a few changes to their sites and are asking everyone to book in advance. Visitors can find their nearest WWT wetland centre and book tickets at

WWT has another eight wetland centres at Arundel (Hampshire), Caerlaverock ( Dumfries, Scotland), Castle Espie (County Down, Northern Ireland), Llanelli (Carmarthenshire, Wales), London (at Barnes), Martin Mere (Lancashire), Washington (Tyne & Wear) and Welney (Norfolk).

Explore Gloucestershire
14 December 2020

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