Welney Wetland Centre 11/1/2018
The Bird Watching Groups second trip was to Welney Wetland Centre, part of the The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).
Despite the large amounts of rain and the reports of flooded roads, Lesley, Joan, Janet and I all managed to arrive at the Wetland Centre with little more than washed tyres. The centre looks from a distance like an industrial building, but it is a lovely modern complex, full of everything needed for a day watching birds.
We had all decided to go on the Hare Walk. This was lead by Chris, with Hattie armed with a Swarovski spotting scope, so that we could have a good look at the Hares. We didn't walk very far, before we spotted the Hare's, or rather before they spotted us. The Hares were surprisingly numerous and Chris pointed out their forms within the tusk-type grass, she explained in some detail the life of the Hare. Janet was able to take a long distance photo of a couple of Hares.
When we returned to the visitors centre we grabbed a coffee before walking to the observation room. The room was equipped with a full length window and rows of seats for us to see the panoramic view of what looked like a giant lake, we learnt that it was just a large flooded field system. We saw all three different types of swans, although the single Bewick was at the other side of the 'lake',also loads of Mallard, Tufted, and Pochards, After a talk which explained that Welney was at one end of the Ouse Washes. We saw the narrator talk a wheelbarrow, with a float, out in front of the Observation room to feed the birds. A splendid site
A very good time.