Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October 2016
The first cold northerly winds only blew for about 15 hours on Tuesday 18th October but they still brought hundreds of Greenland White-fronted Geese directly down from Iceland with them, along with 40 to 60 Whooper Swans. So our Goose Week celebrations should actually feature some geese.
Celebrate the return of the Greenland White-fronted Geese to Wexford Wildfowl Reserve during the Wexford Opera and Fringe Festivals (and school holidays!) in October. Join us for a week of goose-themed events, all free and family-friendly.
We open our observation tower early (7am) on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th to see the geese fly in to the fields of the reserve. Those same two days we bring nets and jars to the Raven Nature Reserve for pond dipping and bug discovery, and to look for traces of our native Red Squirrels, 2 to 4 pm.
We stay open late, to sunset (5.30pm) on Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th to see them fly off to their roosts.
On Saturday 28th, the last day of summertime, we walk the length of the Raven Nature Reserve to watch the Geese take off from their overnight roosts on the sandbanks in Wexford Harbour to fly off to the fields of the Slob. Booking is required and outdoor clothes and footwear are necessary. 6am start at the Raven Nature Reserve barrier gate, the walk lasts until about 10 am.
In our visitor centre every day, we have treasure hunts and quizzes and a book sale. Come and see Dave Daly’s Wildlife Art Exhibition in the pump house (Saturday 29th to Sunday November 6th).