Get closer to nature at Welney

Children and staff have fun at the new interactive wildroom film room at the WWT Welney Wetland Centre. Photo: Bob Ellis.
Children and staff have fun at the new interactive wildroom film room at the WWT Welney Wetland Centre. Photo: Bob Ellis.
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A new installation at the WWT Welney Wetland Centre will allow visitors to fly with swans, hide in the reeds like a bittern or box with hares.

Using a studio set-up complete with a green screen, adults and children alike can interact with scenarios using a selection of props.

Ellie Argent 'swims' underwater after using the new wildlife filming room at the WWT Welney Wetland Centre.

Ellie Argent 'swims' underwater after using the new wildlife filming room at the WWT Welney Wetland Centre.

You can even step into the shoes of wildlife television presenters Steve Backshall or Michaela Strachan and present to camera about what you are seeing.

The film room has been made possible with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the support of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme.

The centre’s media production officer Adam Finch said: “It’s a fantastic way for children to engage with wildlife through technology and learn about the world around them in a new and exciting way.”

Mark Nokkert, landscape partnership programme manager for Cambridgeshire ACRE, said: “Having just recently tried this activity out with my six-year-old son, we would thoroughly recommend it.

“The staff and volunteers are great at engaging children and adults alike with this opportunity.”

During the summer holidays the wildlife film room is available on Wednesdays and at weekends.

For more information visit: www. wwt.org.uk