Winter wildfowl

Surrey through the seasons

Winter wildfowl

© Fergus Gill/2020VISION

Wild winter wetlands

Winter is the best time of year to watch ducks, geese and swans for two very good reasons: the highest numbers of birds are present in winter months and drakes are in their brightest and best plumage of the year.

In winter look out for flocks of migratory geese and swans on Surrey's wetlands, as well as larger numbers of our less common ducks such as goldeneye, smew, snipe, tufted duck. You may also see more lapwings and other waders. 

Top sites for winter waders