Arundel Wildfowl and Wetland Trust and a bit about Arundel, West Sussex
The video clip further down the page is of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust in Arundel, West Sussex. Sir Peter Markham Scott CH CBE DSC* FRS FZS (14/09/1909 – 29/08/1989) was a British ornithologist, conservationist, painter, naval officer and sportsman.
He was knighted in 1973 for his contribution to the conservation of wild animals. He had been a founder of the World Wide Fund for Nature, founded the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and the Panda Logo – November 1946, and was an influence on international conservation. He received the WWF Gold Medal & the J. Paul Getty Prize for his work.
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We have memberships to the WWT and are frequent visitors. When Inky our now almost 10 year old daughter was really small we used to visit 2-3 times a week, she still loves it here. We also have an almost 18 month old little boy and he also loves it. We try and go at least once a week, home ed calendar allowing 🙂
It’s a great place to meet up with home ed friends or go alone or with family. Not only are there loads of foreign, native, wild and endangered beautiful bird species to observe, learn about and feed, there are also 2 playgrounds, one aimed at ‘older’ the other at ‘younger’ children, pond dipping, a cafe, loads of picnic areas, free (donation welcome) boat rides, a gift shop and plenty of hides to view birds and take pictures. The centre also runs evening/day work shops at an extra cost and in the school holidays they always run free and low cost activities. This place is recommended to anyone, any age. Set in beautiful Arundel just 6 miles from us. And on the same road as the Wetland Trust you will find
“Swanbourne Lake”. We walk here a lot. Amazing for climbing and long dog walks with my mum or meeting home ed friends. My mum used to bring us here when we were small! Rowing boats for hire on the lake itself and another cafe selling amazing coffee and home made cakes and food (really good menu), and ice cream. Lots of happy memories here: “Swanbourner Lodge”.
There is also a nice playground, a golf course with yet another cafe, plus “Arundel Castle” on the road. And if that isn’t enough, try the “The Black Rabbit” at the very end of the road, sit by the river and watch the world go by.
There are 9 Wetland Centres across the UK. Membership gets you into all of them. Our family membership costs just under £7/month. Very reasonable. Click here for more information.
The Wetland Trust purpose is to save wetlands and their wildlife and raise awareness of the issues that affect their survival. To enhance people’s lives through learning about and being close to nature and inspiring them to help WWT’s conservation work worldwide.
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