Llwynhendy Llanelli Carmarthenshire Wales
Stretching over 450 acres on the Burry Inlet, this magnificent mosaic of lakes, pools and lagoons is home to countless wild species as diverse as dragonflies and little egrets. Plus over 600 of some of the world�s most spectacular ducks, geese, swans and flamingos, many so tame they feed from the hand. The visitor centre is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the National Wetland Centre Wales. Families can have hours of fun in the indoor, interactive millennium discovery centre or take a trip up to the top of the tower for a 360 degree view of the site and the Loughor Estuary. Or visitors can simply relax in the comfort of the estuary caf�, enjoying delicious home cooked food, panoramic views and amazing wildlife and find the perfect gift in the WWT shop. A safe home for a collection of over 600 of the worlds most spectacular birds and many of the species that you'll see are rare or endangered. WWT are involved in breeding and conservation programmes to protect these species and their natural habitats. Here you can feed Hawaiian geese (nenes), feast your eyes on a sea of pink Caribbean flamingos or visit one of our wonderful hides to see a multitude of wildlife native to these shores. Covering 66 hectares in total, the reserve encompasses saltmarsh, freshwater lagoons and the millennium wetlands, a complex of pools, grassy banks and reedbeds. Surfaced paths wind through the reedbeds, taking visitors to hides such as the Welsh Water hide, donated by Welsh Water, and the impressive heron's wing hide. It is a great place to see a wide range of waterbirds including pintail, shoveler, oystercatcher, shelduck, teal, black and bar-tailed godwits, curlew and snipe, as well as an increasing population of little egrets.Breeding birds on site include redshank, lapwing, reed warbler and reed bunting. Water voles are abundant throughout the site and otters are occasionally seen, although the tell tale signs that they have been around are often present. The saltmarsh has international protection including a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Ramsar site and a Special Protection Area. During spring and summer months visitors can explore previously inaccessible watery expanses on our canoe safari. Pick up a paddle and step into a canoe for a wonderful wetland adventure. The canoe safari is open every day (12pm - 4pm, last canoe out at 3.30pm)throughout local school holidays and on weekends during term time between Easter and the end of September. Suitable for children aged 5 and over. Children under 18 must be accompanied by and adult. The centre has a fleet of bikes, including toddler trailers and a tandem, which visitors can hop aboard to explore the paths weaving through the millennium wetlands. The bike trail is open every day (12pm - 4pm, last bike out at 3.30pm) throughout local school holidays and on weekends during term time between Easter and the end October.
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