WWT Arundel Wetland Centre is one of nine wetland centres run by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), an international wetland conservation charity in the UK.
Management and funding: WWT Arundel is funded by visitor income, membership subscriptions and trading subscriptions and trading income from shop, venue hire and restaurant. Gifts, donations, legacies and grants provide extra support.
The site has an annual visitation of around 78,000 people.
WWT Arundel reserve and centre opened to the public in November 1976 after taking on a 99 year lease from the Duke of Norfolk’s Estate in 1971.
Part of the beautiful River Arun floodplain and overlooked by ancient woodland, WWT Arundel covers 26 hectares featuring ponds, lakes and reedbed. The site is fed by springs from the surrounding chalky Downs. There are 7 hides, two picnic sites, two play areas and level access is provided to all areas.
Our site is managed for both captive collection and wild native birds and has a fabulous abundance of seasonal wild flowers.
The visitor centre has a restaurant and shop, large viewing gallery, free wheelchair loan and free parking.
Dave Fairlamb is our Centre Manager. The centre has a range of staff and volunteers help to provide the best possible service to our visitors.
Our SSSI reed bed is one of the largest in Sussex and visitors can access part of it along the reed bed boardwalk to see and hear Reed, Sedge and Cetti’s warblers along the way. The reed bed is also home to the elusive Water Rail with high numbers over-wintering and one or two pairs breeding.
This is a nationally important site for over wintering pochard. Kingfishers are regularly seen from our hides, Peregrine Falcons breed nearby and Kestrels and Sparrowhawks are seen daily.
Notable captive species include a variety of sea duck species such as Harlequin ducks and Common Scoter.
Our Wetland Discovery boat safari provides visitors with a unique sensory experience -they are guided along waterways in silent electric boats through habitats including wet woodland, chalk meadow and reed bed, giving those on the boat a chance to see dragonflies, water voles and other native plants and animals up close.
Interpretation and exhibitry
Most of the interpretation is provided by people. There are also identification and information boards, sensory trails and a new Discovery Trail every school holiday.
Formal (school and university) learning
WWT Arundel offers a range of educational activities for schools, universities and uniformed groups. With reference to the national curriculum we offer hands-on, outdoor learning experiences in our beautiful wetland setting.
For more information please visit the Learn pages of our website www.wwt.org.uk.
Informal (general public) learning
Arundel has a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages including informal guided walks* e.g. Dawn Chorus, pond dipping (April to October), family events and self-guided trails. Some activities need to be pre-booked.