About Ouse Washes
Summer Trail: Please note, the Summer Trail as detailed in our reserve leaflet is currently closed until further notice due to flooding.
In the heart of The Fens, the Ouse Washes forms the largest area of washland (grazing pasture that floods in the winter) in the UK. The reserve attracts thousands of ducks and swans in winter, and in spring, hundreds of snipe, lapwings and redshanks breed. This is an excellent site for dragonflies in summer. Shallow flood levels provide the best viewing conditions for winter ducks and swans. You can call the reserve for an update on the current flood level.
The birdwatching hides are open at all times. The visitor centre is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.
If you are new to birdwatching...
Very good for birdwatching from the visitor centre from December to March.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are only allowed on public footpaths and bridleways