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Chris Dee
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Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust

Slimbridge, Nr Gloucester

Slimbridge Wildfowl TrustSlimbridge is a special place with a special character.  It was created by Peter Scott, Scott of the Antarctic’s son, as a haven for wetland wildlife. 

The 2000 acre WWT site is near Slimbridge on the Severn Estuary, a mysterious landscape of shifting sands, lagoons and salt marshes.  Pastureland often floods in winter and, in short, it’s a paradise for local and migratory birds, who appear in their season. Captive birds contribute to a breeding programme. 

Unusually for the time, Peter Scott opened the reserve up to the public. For many years, the Wildfowl Trust was a thoroughly worthy, if sometimes rather austere place, to see wildfowl such as geese, avocets, spoonbills and the common crane.  In recent years, investment has brightened up the attraction considerably and so Slimbridge  is now an entertaining and informative place to spend a few hours. 

There’s plenty to see all year, but if you’re in the Cotswolds in Autumn and Winter, bear in mind that this is, in many ways, Slimbridge’s finest hour. From late October there is the arrival of Bewick’s Swans (from Russia) and large numbers of greater white-fronted geese. You may also see peregrines and merlins and many varieties of smaller wildfowl.

There are other seasonal highlights through the year. 

The recent refurbishment of visitor facilities centred around the Sloan Observation Tower and a visitor centre with shop, restaurant and tropical house. You can feed the birds (with approved mixes bought on site and there are flamingos, amphibian areas and mammals such otters to see. One highlight is otter feeding time (usually 11am and 3pm - check in advance). 

Hides offer comfy chairs, binoculars and telescopes. 

Slimbridge is an enjoyable place - practical clothes and shoes are pretty essential though. 

Berkeley Castle is not far away, for a very complete combined day out. 

https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge

Cotswolds Finest Hotels Nearby

Slimbridge is on the Severn Estuary, at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment. A stay at Painswick Hotel, Calcot Manor or Whatley Manor puts you in easy reach.

Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust

Slimbridge, Nr Gloucester
GL2 7BT

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