The WWT Arundel Wetland Centre is one of nine specialist wetland centres in the UK run by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.
WWT Arundel Wetland Centre is a specialist wetland centre with a SSSI reedbed and a collection of over 50 species of wildfowl from around the world. Our guided Wetland Boat Safari runs each day through 4 types of wetland habitat, perfect place to spot a water voles. There are 6 bird hides onsite showcasing different wetland habitats, (reedbed, wet/dry grassland, scrape and carr woodland).
There is plenty to do for all the family. You can ride a guided boat through bustling wetlands. Explore towering reedbeds to wonder at wildlife. From natural play areas to modern bird hides – take time to discover, watch, learn or play. Arundel Wetland Centre’s paved walkways lead you through a collection of wildfowl from around the world to secluded spots to watch wildlife. With family friendly activities and crafts during holidays and half terms, there’s something new every season!
Stunning views – the reserve is framed by the rolling South Downs, towering Offham Hangar and majestic Arundel Castle.
Wetland Discovery Boat Safaris – Glide with a wildlife guide on quiet electric boats through the reedbeds to watch water voles and water birds. Wildlife surrounds you – ducks on the surface, the fish below it, water voles rustle the reeds while peregrines & buzzards soar the skies above.
The Pond Explorer station, Tree Creepers & Pond Skater play areas and the Meadow Maze (seasonal) – families will enjoy these exciting, interactive play areas.
World Wetlands – a chance to get up close and hand feed rare and endangered birds from around the world.
Wetland Secrets– let the rich scent of wetland herbs and plants fill your senses while you learn of their social and historic uses
Diving Duck Fish Feed – Watch these underwater acrobats compete for fish each afternoon in the crystal waters of the Icelandic pen.
Reedbed boardwalk – Take a stroll down a wide wooden boardwalk and immerse yourself in the rich sights & sounds of the SSSI reedbed.
Wildlife sightings board – Recent sightings from the seven wildlife hides and different habitats across the reserve are posted in the visitor centre daily.
Guide in the Hide (weekends): WWT volunteers help visitors identify wildlife from our hides using a spotting scope and ID guides. Check with the admissions desk to find the hide where the guide is today.
New for 2013
The Arun Riverlife exhibit opens in June 2013 – Arun Riverlife will appear to be a meandering bend in the Arun River. This restored habitat will attract kingfishers, water voles, herons and breeding waterfowl to be easily viewed by visitors from the windows of the main cafe and gallery.
A harvest mouse exhibit opens in the Wetland Secrets building in the summer of 2013.
Free car parking
Visitor centre and shop: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm winter /5:30 summer BST. Open 7 days a week, except 25 Dec and closing at 2 pm on 24 Dec. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Water’s Edge Cafe: 9:30 – 4 pm winter/ 5 pm summer. Hot food is served between noon – 2 pm daily. Ask about our catering services and room rental for corporate functions, weddings and parties.
Binoculars – Hire binoculars from the admissions desk.
Accessibility – The site is accessible for wheelchairs and buggies, with level tarmac and wooden boardwalks throughout. Please note that some areas of boardwalk are one way systems, with a limited turning space. Please read the posted signs. The Wetlands Discovery Boat Safari can accommodate most non-motorized wheelchairs.
How to find Arundel Wetland Centre
Located at Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9PB . Next to the town of Arundel, across from Arundel Castle, in the South Downs National Park in West Sussex.
Visit the website www.wwt.org.uk/arundel for further information including details of events, walks, workshops and talks held throughout the year.