Slimbridge Dowsing


Open Day at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

This yearís International Dowsing Day celebrations on Monday 5th May were our best so far.

We set up our stall, and our banner, and our display boards, and our mobile sandpit, and our upturned flower pots, and a stack of dowsing rods, and even some pendulums in the spacious entrance hall at Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). Volunteer dowsers Barbara, Di, Sue, Steve and Peter manned their action stations and declared themselves ready. Let them come!

And come they did. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. we had a steady stream of interested visitors, and the children were fascinated. Kids have a natural aptitude for dowsing, and happily dowsed for the WWT badges we had hidden in the sand for them to find and keep. One little fellow, unable to find buried treasure, solved the problem by trawling through the sand with his fingers. He might not make a dowser, but he will go far.

Even the parents took a turn at finding a duck under the flower pots. One 17-year-old boy was itching to have a go, but was too embarrassed to dowse for a plastic duck! Steve suggested we place a can of beer under a flower pot next time.

A 16-year-old girl asked the rods if she had passed her exams. Sadly they indicated No. She then asked if her brother was a pain, and got a resounding Yes! We tactfully suggested she might have faulty rods, but she knew the truth when she saw it.

At Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Slimbridge Dowsing Group volunteers (from left to right) Peter, Steve, Sue, Di and Barbara ready for their Open Day visitors at Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. (Photo Patrick Callaghan.)

Meanwhile, Mums and Dads and grandparents watched fondly, their interest piqued. Most folks asked the age-old question, “How does it work?” There are many theories, but we donít claim to know. It just does.

We handed out leaflets and newsletters, and invitations to come along to future meetings. And afterwards our volunteers wended their way homewards, thrilled by their success and pleasantly tired after a satisfying day.

Our next meeting will be a field trip to a farm in Arlingham on Saturday 24th May, and on Thursday 12th June we have a talk on Geopathic Stress from author Andrew Incledon-Webber. For more information phone 01453 890679 or visit our website