The Wexford Wildfowl Reserve

The Wexford Wildfowl Reserve

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is jointly owned and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and BirdWatch Ireland.  First established in 1969 the reserve covers about 200 hectares, a quarter of the North Slob.

Over 250 bird species have been recorded on the Reserve, many of them Winter migrants from Greenland and Arctic Canada or from Scandinavia and Arctic Russia. Greenland White-fronted Geese are the most numerous and important goose species on the reserve and it is for them that it was established. They breed on the western lowlands of Greenland during the summer and winter in Ireland and Scotland from October to March. The North Slob holds about 8,500 or 45% of the current world population of Greenland White-fronted Goose during these months. 

The birds and other wildlife on the Reserve can be watched from the 8 meter-tall observation tower and three other hides. The Pat Walsh Hide on the sea wall about 1 kilometer before the Centre itself overlooks the main channel. The Pump House Hides next to the car park overlook the main channel and the sea and the Robert Jobson Hide overlooks a reed-lined pond.

The Reserve is owned in partnership with BirdWatch Ireland, a national voluntary organisation. BirdWatch Ireland is Ireland's largest conservation charity and is dedicated to the protection of Ireland's wild birds and their habitats.

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Education

The Wetland Field Study is based in the Snipe Field, an outdoor education area close to the visitor centre. Team-based activities include pond dipping, wildlife trail, mini-beast hunts and much more. Discover the wonder of wetlands in our outdoor education area.

Discover the wildlife of sand dunes. A look at plants, insects, birds, and mammals through team based activities. The Living Sandcastle takes place in the Raven Wood Nature Reserve close to Curracloe, and looks at plants, insects, birds and mammals through team based activities. (Note: the nearest toilet facilities are in the Curracloe beach car park).  

The duration of both of these programmes is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours (usually from 10am to 1pm but times can be flexible). The outdoor activities are most suited for 1st to 6th class students.

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