Castle Espie Wildfowl Centre
THe first thing to say about taking smalls to the Castle Espie Wildfowl Centre is that they have a wonderfully balanced nutritious grain on hand to feed the ducks with, so there's no guilt attached for giving the poor things your starchy old bread ends! You can also see Nene, red breasted geese, goldeneyes and rosy bills, if you're lucky and know where to look!
Next draw is the Wildwood Adventure Play Area where kids can indulge in all sorts of natural style play including den building from sticks and sturdy climbing structures.
It also has an indoor counterpart which is not only a fun combination but also a great weatherproof alternative if the skis shave turned against you.
You can also step out and follow the Sustainability Trail, which offers you a tour of the more ecologically interesting facilities available on the site, from the wetland treatment system to the cool but kind of gross compost toilet!
The Limekiln Observatory offers a fantastic viewpoint form which to observe the many indigenous and migrant bird species who visit here regularly throughout the year. Great fun for wildlife lovers of all ages but particularly bird-kids.
Their cool climbing wall on the exterior of the interactive learning zone is also well with looking at, great fun for competent claimers of all ages if they've got the nerve: it's quite imposing!
And if you ask at the visitor centre you can pick up a pond dipping kit and get some brief and friendly truing in how to use it, so that you can gently explore below the surface of the waterways and find the living treasures therein. Great for extra curricular projects!
If you've had fun on your family day out to Castle Espie Wildfowl Centre, tell us about it your visit, so other people will know it's a great place to go as well.
Telephone: 028 9187 4146
Concession (65+, disabled, full-time student and unemployed) £5.55
Child (4 to 16 years) £3.55
Family (2 adults and 2 children, 4 to 16 years) £19.45
Children (under 4 years)and registered carers free Opening Times: 2015 Opening Details:
Winter (November to February) Monday to Sunday: 10am to 4.30pm
Spring (March to April) Monday to Sunday: 10am to 5pm
Summer (May to August) Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday 5.30pm
Autumn (September and October) Monday to Sunday: 10am to 5pm
The centre will remain open until 5.30pm on Bank and Public Holidays during the spring and summer months.
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