Arundel Wetland Centre
Muddy says: Varied ways to get close to wildlife on land and water and a busy programme of children’s activities make this a natural winner for a day out
Part of the WWT (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust), Arundel Wetland Centre will make explorers of visiting families and nature lovers.
65 acres of lakes, reed beds, waterfalls and channels bordered by the river Arun and South Downs are a haven for our feathered friends.
Among the hundreds of ducks and geese you’ll find birds who will feed from your hands. You can watch sea ducks diving for whitebait in the Icelandic and Arctic Tundra areas and hang out in a hide to spot nesting gulls, oyster catchers, terns and lapwings.
Out on the water, a boat safari will take you in search of voles and kingfishers.
There are plenty of children’s activities like pond dipping and crafts throughout the year, especially during the school holidays. For summer 2018, Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers is encouraging young visitors to take on bushcrafts, orienteering, foraging and animal tracking challenges.
After all that action the Water’s Edge cafe and gift shop is a pleasing place to relax with river views.
Arundel Wetland Centre is open every day except Christmas Day and has good step-free access for buggies and the less mobile.
If you’re making a weekend of it, the centre is easily combined with Arundel Castle in the same pretty town.