London Wetland Centre

12 August 2011

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Marsh Marigolds, London Wetland Centre. Copyright © Ross Paxton, August 2011.Marsh Marigolds, London Wetland Centre. Copyright © Ross Paxton, August 2011.

London Wetland Centre is a wildlife oasis in the heart of London, a space to relax and enjoy your very own ‘Springwatch’ moments.  Located on the banks of the Thames, our nature reserve is just 10 minutes from Hammersmith by bus, but it could be a world away.

Amble along the paths that wind among the lakes, meadows and gardens, stopping to watch ducks, wading birds, butterflies and water voles.  With a bit of patience you might see a heron spearing a fish, swallowing it whole in long, seemingly agonising gulps.  Or watch the ducklings whizzing around after their mother like wind-up fluffy toys.

During the summer the flowers and trees provide a colourful backdrop and offer a haven for both wildlife and people.  You can follow the swifts as they swoop across the lake hunting for insects, or bask in the sunshine with the lizards that sunbathe on the benches.  If you prefer something a bit more active join in one of the guided walks or keep the kids amused in arts & crafts or pond-dipping sessions.

The Centre gives you the chance to swap the capital’s traffic fumes for a picnic accompanied by the scent of meadowsweet.  And relax with a coffee or lunch at the Water’s Edge Café.  There’s no need to leave the City to unwind; London Wetland Centre brings the countryside to the capital.

For more info on London Wetland Centre visit or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


Post by Catherine Starling from WWT London Wetland Centre.

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