The Reserve is open daily, guided tours of our Visitor Centre, observation tower and hides are held every weekday (Monday to Friday) at 3pm. Learn the history of the North Slob and its value in conservation. No booking and no fee required, just enquire at reception or call 076 100 2664. All ages are catered for. Apart from the observation tower the itinerary is wheelchair accessible."
From 9 to 5, visitors, including school groups, are welcome to visit at any time. Binoculars and bird guide books can be borrowed on request to watch for birds from the tower.
During holiday times, the Wildfowl Reserve offers events for all the family. In the summer (July-August) there are twice-weekly pond-dipping, bug hunting and animal tracking events in the Snipe Field on the Reserve on Tuesdays and in the neighbouring Raven Nature Reserve on Thursdays from 10am until 12. You're are welcome to join us any and stay as long as you like. Nets, jars and identification charts are provided as would-be explorers and bug-collectors of all ages are invited to investigate the small creatures that swim, creep, hop and fly around. Play groups can book activities on the reserve as well.
We stage wildlife themed events as part of Heritage Week each August including bat-detection, beachcombing for shore wildlife, bug hunting and pond-dipping in the Snipe Field or Raven or in the grounds of the visitor centre. These events are listed in the official Heritage Week book and website.
We also stage a series of events in late October to celebrate the annual return of the Greenland White-fronted Geese, ‘Wild Goose Week’. The flocks of geese are so considerate as to time their return with the Wexford Opera and Fringe festivals and the school break so we host wildlife detective and bird-watching events including dawn and dusk watches from the tower to see the flocks commute between the fields of the Slob and their night roosts in Wexford harbour.
Our education office runs a service for schools during the Spring, Summer and Autumn terms with outdoor and indoor activities for primary and secondary schools. Click here to find out more about our education services.
Wexford Naturalists' Field Club
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve hosts a public lecture organised by the Wexford Naturalists' Field Club in the Pump house on the first Thursday of each month. For more information visit their website:
- Wexford Naturalists' Field Club Website