Enjoy weekend of walks, talks, music and art

Sophie Rooney looks through birding scope in WWT Arundel's Discovery hide ' many family friendly activities on Discover Birds weekend.
Sophie Rooney looks through birding scope in WWT Arundel's Discovery hide ' many family friendly activities on Discover Birds weekend.
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Discover Birds at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre in a weekend of walks, talks, music and art! Whether you’re a beginning birder or a seasoned twitcher you will enjoy workshops on field craft and birdsong, music with the folk band Shipwrecked, optics displays, story-telling and more.

WWT Arundel staff and volunteers will lead tours of the rare collection birds, wild bird ID walks along with short workshops on field craft and birdsong. Many of the activities are aimed at families and those new to bird watching but the displays and presentations by Viewpoint Optics, birding talks in the theatre and digisoping demonstrations will also appeal to ‘hard core’ birders.

Dave Fairlamb, WWT Arundel centre manager says “Anyone can spend 15 minutes in our Spring Songsters workshop and be able to identify at least three types of birdsong when it’s finished.”

The popular band Shipwrecked will play sets of bird-themed folk tunes throughout the day in the Outlook In building’s pop-up Conservation Cafe. WWT Arundel artist-in-residence Desiree Hart will be working on a portrait of a kingfisher while chatting with visitors about her wildlife artwork. Families will also enjoy the Spring Songsters Jr. workshops, Birdy Folktales in the wildlife garden and ‘How Birds Work’ workshop with the Birdy Biologist.

All Discover Birds activities are included in your admission price to WWT Arundel Wetland Centre. WWT Arundel Wetland Centres has comfortable hides, easy buggy and wheelchair friendly pathways, a fully stocked cafe and gift shop and disabled and parent & baby facilities. Entry to WWT Arundel Wetland Centre starts at £11.95 per adult, or £32.10 for a family, which contributes to WWTs vital conservation work in England and all around the world. Arrive by train or bus and get half-price entry when you present your travel ticket. WWT members are admitted free.

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre is open from 9:30am – 4:30pm and is located on Mill Road, Arundel West Sussex BN9 8PB. Call 01903 883355 or visit wwt.org.uk/Arundel for more information.

Report and pictures contributed by the WWT Arundel Wetland Centre.