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Wexford Wildfowl Reserve North Slob, Ardcavan Lane, Wexford

Information

Opening Times

09.00 -17.00 hours daily

Telephone

00353 53 912340

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A short journey outside of Wexford town is this large wildfowl reserve, owned jointly by BirdWatch Ireland, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. It is an area renowned for its birdlife - come and spot geese, ducks, waders, swans, herons and more!

The Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is situated in a vaste swathe of reclaimed 'sloblands', old mud flats reclaimed for agriculture on the north bank of the river. It is an internationally important wetland and one of Ireland's finest bird sites. Habitats include wet grassland and tillage, a brackish-water drainage channel and reedbeds. Pools have been created to attract passage waders and wildfowl

What can you see?

As many as ten thosand Greenland White-fronted Geese come here in winter, some 30% of the world's population. Internationally important numbers of Bewick's Swans and Pale-bellied Brent Geese occur. It attracts waders and wildfowl from Wexford Harbour, where an internationally important flock of Black-tailed Godwits and good numbers of Scoters winter. Slavonian Grebes are regular. Breeding birds include Pochard, Shoveler, Reed and Sedge Warbler, Cuckoo and Tree Sparrow.

Summer Schedule for Families

Mid-Week Events for all the family this summer at the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve and Raven Nature Reserve.

Every Tuesday*, 2.30 TO 4 PM POND DIPPING AND BUG HUNTING IN THE SNIPE FIELD, WEXFORD WILDFOWL RESERVE.

Park in parking space at Ardcavan beach and walk down lane to Snipe field as signposted.

*Exceptions are 17th when event will be run on Wednesday 18th and Heritage week, with a list of events from 18-26 August

Every Thursday*, 2.30 TO 3.30 PM. NATURE TRAIL IN RAVEN NATURE RESERVE

Park in Raven Point Car Park pass through Barrier gate as signposted.

*Except 26 July, event on Wednesday 25 instead, and Heritage week, 18-26 August

FAMILIES WELCOME to all events. SUNSCREEN, WELLIES AND WATERPROOFS RECOMMENDED. NO BOOKING REQUIRED. ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Public Lectures

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve hosts a public lecture, organised by the Wexford Naturalists' Field Club in the Pumphouse on the first Thursday of each month.

Location

3 km north of Wexford town. There is an observation tower for viewing the reserve. The Pump House hide and Pat Walsh hide overlook parts of the reserve. There is also a visitor centre with an audio visual display and a wildfowl collection.

Facilities

Facilities include a modern up-graded Visitor Centre, car park, picnic area, wildfowl collection and hides (including Observation Tower). Facilities are also available for our disabled visitors. Toilet and baby changing area in the visitors centre.

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