Wexford Wildfowl Reserve
A hub of built & natural heritage and activity.
Wexford Harbour and its Slobs are natural havens for birds. Located on the south-east coast of Ireland, they are the closest point for birds migrating into or out of Ireland from Britain and the Continent from a southerly direction. Waders and wildfowl in particular are attracted to the area where the flat landscape and the wide shallow harbour with its sandbars and mud banks provide safe areas to feed, loaf, roost and breed. From early October through to the middle of April, the North and South Slobs and the Harbour are home to thousands of ducks, geese, swans and waders making this a site of major international importance for wildfowl and waders. In addition, during spring and autumn, large numbers of birds on migration stop to feed in these rich areas.
It's a short drive to the stunning Raven Nature Reserve - a beautiful place for a walk or cycle through mature pine forest growing on old sand dunes parallel to the sea.
- Guided Tours (3pm Monday to Friday, March to December) -
Join us each weekday afternoon at 3pm for a guided tour of our visitor centre, hides and observation tower. Learn the history of the North Slob and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve from its original reclamation from the sea to its establishment as a reserve for thousands of wintering Greenland White-fronted Geese (nearly half tof the total population winter here). The fields attract many summer and winter migrants and native birds year-round.
Bring binoculars and bird books, some are provided.
The tour is suitable for all ages and family groups are welcome. Some of the intinerary is not wheelchair accessible but wheelchair users are catered to.
The tour is free and no booking is required.
Parking at the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is free.
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is less than 90 minutes from Waterford City and approximately 100 minutes from Kilkenny City.