On Tuesday we drove down to Arundel to visit the WWT Wetland Centre. We are members of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and visit London Wetland Centre every couple of months but have been keen to explore Arundel for a while after seeing a leaflet about the things to do there.
As is always the way we arrived at lunch time so after a very quick short walk we stopped in the cafe and had lunch. After lunch we decided to start our visit proper with the boat safari, this being the main reason we’d been so keen to travel down. We arrived at the jetty just as one boat was leaving but only had 20 minutes to wait for the next one.
While we were waiting Gordon took the kids to the Icelandic Lake Pen to see the diving ducks be fed so that helped the time pass quicker and we were soon boarding the boat.
The boat safari takes you through the wet meadow and on to the woodland carr and the reed bed. We were really lucky and just a few minutes in to our safari we spotted two water voles, although I wasn’t quick enough to get a photo of either of them.
After the boat safari we went to the pond dipping area and the kids had a look in the raised pond. They used some periscopes to look in the water and were quite excited by these!
We caught lots of midge larvae, freshwater shrimp, a couple of snails and a water boatman.
Next we walked over to the Roundhouse where the kids all got to make a “snappy fish” from a clothes peg, card and glitter. Once they’d finished we had a quick look in the hide and got very excited when we saw a grass snake in the corner! The kids all wanted to stroke it, catch it, touch it but I managed to get them to just watch it as it sniffed around us with its tongue then decided to slither away and hide!
We ended our visit with a walk along the reed bed boardwalk. While this is just a walk around the reeds it was a lovely way to end our day as it was so peaceful. Surrounded by such beauty and tranquility it is hard not to not enjoy it. We didn’t see much wildlife, probably because the children weren’t really very quiet, but we did see some ducks and other waterfowl, and a stunning Red Admiral butterfly.
Finally, a trip to Arundel wouldn’t be complete witout at least one photo of the castle!