Wexford Wildfowl Reserve re-opens

Date Released: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

After closing its doors in March 2020, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve Visitor Centre has now re-opened with an enhanced visitor experience.

A new, fully accessible walking trail of around 500m now allows access around the enclosed area of the Visitor Centre ponds. More picnic benches also make a trip to the Centre a chance to relax and enjoy nature, whether you’re a keen birdwatcher, photographer or just someone seeking a quiet escape from the stresses of the day. The trail creation is the initial stage of the redevelopment of the Visitor Centre grounds, and we are pleased to invite you to come have a look.

The Visitor Centre (with its display area and observation tower) and the grounds (with short trail and birdwatching hide) are now open four days a week, Sunday to Wednesday, 9am to 5pm (closed for lunch between 1 and 2pm, last admittance 4.45pm). All are welcome, but as WWR is a wildfowl and hare reserve, there are strictly no dogs allowed within the grounds of the Visitor Centre (other than guide dogs).

While the Visitor Centre has been closed, the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve lands have continued to operate at full strength for our wintering wildfowl population, with thanks to the very capable local farmers who manage the Reserve lands, under a lease specifically designed to benefit wildfowl and wider biodiversity value. Our wildfowl populations can be viewed from the observation tower or bird hides, and will be present for a few weeks yet.

Our wildfowl populations are easily disturbed, particularly our Greenland White-fronted Geese, of which up to a third of the world’s population is on the WWR and North Slob for winter. They are used to the wide open tundra of Greenland for their breeding grounds, so are particularly prone to disturbance by people on foot or on bikes, so we ask the public not to walk, run or cycle on the North Slob farm roads. You are very welcome to walk our new Visitor Centre trail or the woodland trails of the nearby Raven Nature Reserve.

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