PUBLISHED: 09:42 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:37 20 February 2013
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust reserve at Arundel protects 62 hectares of wetland habitat and houses over 50 species of rare and vulnerable wildfowl kept in naturalized exhibits.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust reserve at Arundel protects 62 hectares of wetland habitat and houses over 50 species of rare and vulnerable wildfowl kept in naturalized exhibits. Through your donations WWT staff manages a large SSSI reedbed at WWT Arundel, and works to maintain a wet grassland, wet meadows and carr woodland habitats. Visitors can view seasonal wildlife from six hides around the reserve. WWT guides lead quiet boat trips that offer views of the thriving water vole population that finds protection on the reserve.
In 2012 WWT Arundel Wetland Centre began work on the Arun Riverlife project to revamp the main lake to recreate the landscape of the Arun floodplain which historically dominated the site. This will create outstanding views for visitors and a rich mosaic of priority habitats to attract native wetland species from wildfowl and waders to kingfishers, bats and water voles.
An overgrown perimeter of willow trees around the lake was removed last year which immediately attracted more wildfowl. More shrubs for dormouse habitat were planted around the lake and eels and large fish were relocated. In 2013 the lake will be re-landscaped and the new kingfisher nesting bank and a visitors Discovery hide will open at Easter.