Wetland Centre

WWT Slimbridge is a wetland reserve situated close to Slimbridge village near to Dursley, Gloucestershire.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre was the first Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) to be opened, on the 10th of November 1946, due to the vision of Sir Peter Scott.

Statue of Sir Peter Scott at WWT London.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre cares for and studies ducks, geese and swans of the world and offers excellent opportunity for bird watchers and photography.

WWT Slimbridge covers 3 square kilometres of which 500,000 square metres has been landscaped and is open to the public.

To view the various zones at Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (W.W.T.), click the thumbnails below: -
Andean Flamingo Zone
Asia Zone
Australia Zone
Back from the Brink
Flamingo Lagoon
Geese of the World Zone
Lesser Flamingo Zone
North America Zone
Otter Pool Zone
Pampas Pen Zone
South America Zone
Swan Lake
Tundra Zone
Wader Shore Zone
Carribean Flamingo Zone
There is also a heated Tropical House which contains various tropical birds and water features.
Tropical House at WWT Slimbridge

Wildfowl Lists
To aid finding and identifying wildfowl at WWT Slimbridge, various Lists have been compiled recording where and when the wildfowl were last seen during our various visits:-

Lesser Whistling Duck (Slimbridge June 2015) Bean Goose (Slimbridge October 2017) Grey-Crowned Crane (Slimbridge August 2010)
Duck List
Geese List
Crane List
Crane List includes Flamingos, Swans and Screamers.
Novembers Photograph: James's Flamingo taken by ©Nigel Key.

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As well as being a fantastic place to visit, WWT Slimbridge is very important to maintain and preserve Wetlands.

They are essential for storing and cleaning water, helping to prevent floods and storms.

Freshwater Wetlands hold over 40% of all known species,
covering just 6% of the Earth's surface and yet they store around 35% of the Worlds Carbon.

Over the last Century, half of the World's inland wetlands have been lost with 15% of wetlands bird species in decline and 30% of wetland mammals threatened.

Sloane Tower Sloane Observation Tower is positioned above the Visitor Centre giving amazing views of the Cotswold escarpment in the East and the Forest of Dean in the West.

Access to the tower is from the Visitor Centre by either stairs or lift. Entry is free but you will need to get a token
from a member of staff to comply with their Health & Safety rules.

You can help to protect wetland habitats in the UK and around the World by becoming a member of the WWT, visit official WWT site for details.

Some of the Activities at WWT Slimbridge: -

Welly Boot Land - visit the outdoor wet playground suitable
   for all the family.

RBC Rain Garden - visit the award winning Chelsea Show

Otter Feeds - visit the otter pool and listen to talks and watch
   them being fed.

Toad Hall Talks - visit Toad Hall in the visitor centre and listen
   to one of the amphibian talks.

Guided Walks - enjoy a guided tour of Slimbridge.

Canoe Safari - explore the one kilometre waterway by canoe.
   (extra charge applies)

Land Rover Safari - take a tour of the Slimbridge reserve from
   a covered trailer with a warden. (extra charge applies)

Wildfowl Hides - visit the numerous hides around the reserve
   and observe the wildlife.

Where to find WWT Slimbridge
Opening Times
November to March
9:30am - 5:00pm

April to October
9:30am - 5:30pm

Latest Forecast
Last admission one hour before closing.
Christmas eve 9:30am - 3:00pm.
Christmas Day - Closed.

Directions (Official WWT Slimbridge Website)