Arundel Wetland Reserve

For 2019 we’ve created a list of 100 things to do as a family. The idea behind the list is to try new things, and also to cut down on screen time. The list consists of things like bake a cake, climb a tree, go litter picking and do something nice for a family member. A complete mix of days out, good deeds and other fun exciting things to do.

We only started this towards the end of February so we have some catching up to do and with this in mind we thought we’d visit Arundel Wetland Reserve as this was on the list and we could also tick off go on a boat, feed ducks and also visit a new playground.

The weather was scheduled to be dry but a little bit windy, this would blow away the cobwebs and get all of us off the computers and enjoy some family time.

Whilst creating our list of 100 things we were researching places we’d never been to and a few places popped up that I’d never heard of. One of these was WWTArundel, so there is a chance you’ve never heard of it either.

Spot water voles from the boat safari, hand feed geese at World Wetlands and stroll gentle paths to quiet spots to watch wildlife. Stunning views from the café make it perfect for relaxing, and kids will love the play areas and pond dipping.

This sounded like the perfect day for us, various birds to spot, ducks to feed, a wonderful area to explore and walk around and lots of photography opportunities for me. Arundel is just an hour down the road but we’ve never stopped there, driven through it but never made the effort to stop and explore. It you ever get the chance make the effort the castle there is huge and looks amazing…that’s for another day.

We visited on a Sunday and got there just after it opened and it wasn’t too busy, the sun was out and the wind was blowing. For a family ticket of 2 adults and 2 children, it was about £30 which is what we felt was a good price plus it helps out the reserve. The area is set out in a natural circuit walking along the paths and stopping off at certain hides or water areas to take in views or feed the ducks. At no point in the day did it feel busy as it’s well organised and spread out.

We took in the hides and it gripped the girls into taking the views in, spotting the birds and really enjoying where we were. Most of the hides had posters and books to help identify the birds and also a telescope or pair of binoculars.

It’s difficult to describe just how peaceful and perfect it is here. The reed beds, the vast lakes with the birds going about their natural business and all the while learning something new about the way they interact and behave.

Towards the end of the route you come across a boat ride where a guild takes a group of you into the reeds and towards the enclosed woodland. Here you get to see some of the birds up close and when the weather is nice you’ll possibly see water voles and with the knowledge of the guild learn a little more about the environment that the reserve has created.

We were told to keep and eye on the huts around the boat jetty as kingfishers are often spotted around the area…unfortunately we didn’t manage to spot any which was a shame.

The day out was enjoyable for all and we would without doubt visit again.

I’ll leave you with some of the photos I took.