WWT Castle Espie, Comber

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The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a leading UK conservation charity committed to saving wetlands for wildlife and people across the world.

Founded in 1946 by the naturalist and artist, the late Sir Peter Scott, WWT is the only UK charity with a national network of nine specialist wetland visitor centres. With over 60 years experience of wetland conservation, WWT is committed to the protection of wetlands and all that depend on them for survival.
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  • castle espie very good visit let down by very poor slow service in resturant waited over 30 minuites for childrens meal of one toasted sandwich and one small bowl of chips better to bring picnic but w...  more »
  • My family and I visited in January after a morning of walking round feeding the birds etc. We decided to come in and get a cuppa to warm up. We stood in a queue for quite a while, it seemed to never m...  more »
  • I visited for the first time in February and it was just beautiful. The staff at the centre were lovely, chatted about what they do and upcoming events. We got a coffee to walk round and was so please...  more »
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  • Great place for a day out, adults and children. Pram friendly but no dogs. As well as a comfortable lookout station on the shores of the loch ( a little walk from the café) with a vending machine, a big eco-friendly stove, dry toilets, benches and huge windows, there is a new adventure play area in the woods with a covered picnic area, climbing frames and a zip wire. Castle Espie is really special as it has so many rare breeds of geese and ducks and they are breeding successfully. Each one is pinioned so that it cannot fly from the wetland area and at the end of each day as the rangers bang their clappers and walk round the ponds waving a big flag on a pole , dozens of wild mallards take flight leaving the 'home birds' to enjoy the feed supplied by the centre.
  • Brilliant day out with the kids....a bit pricey if you don't have membership. If feeding the ducks (some from your hand)! Isn't enough fun for your child then there's always different activities here to keep the children interested. Every time I have been with my daughters there has been extra activities to keep them happy. Lovely place to feed and see​ the ducks plus a few little extras and a fantastic natural play park. A great place to have a picnic, or a lovely restaurant although pretty expensive. Also a gift shop and an indoor soft play area. Two seperate toilet areas within the site. Staff always very informative and willing to help. I don't think we have ever spent less than 3 hours here. Definitely a super day out!! Would definitely recommend.
  • Fantastic, young or old there is something for everyone, I joined after my first visit, and have been back every week for almost a year
  • Lovely to see all the birds some quite rare , well worth a visit
  • Very pleasant way to spend a few hours. Always something new to see. Café is overpriced - bring a picnic!

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