London Wetland Centre

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The London Wetland Centre is a 105-acre city wildlife area created by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in the year 2000. The four disused Victorian reservoirs tucked into a loop in the Thames have been softened by landscaping and weathered by nature to become an extensive landscape of lagoons, islets and pastures. At intervals along the serene walkways are hides where you can perch on a bench, push open a small window and gaze at all manner of birds up close through your binoculars – kingfishers, falcons, herons, sandmartins and sparrowhawks are some of the species spotted here. The centre offers all sorts of other entertainment for all ages including guided walks and courses for those who want to learn more about the birdlife or the flora, bat-spotting walks, wildlife photography courses and pond-dipping sessions. There are lots of places to picnic and a café with an outdoor terrace.

Venue name: London Wetland Centre
Contact:
Address: Queen Elizabeth's Walk
London
SW13 9WT
Opening hours: Summer: Daily 9.30am-6pm (last admission 5pm); Winter: Daily 9.30am-5pm (last admission 4pm)
Transport: Rail: Barnes Tube: Hammersmith then 283 bus
Price: £12.35, £9.20 concs, £6.90 under-17s, free under-fours, £34.50 family

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  • Until Sun April 12th 2015
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    Queen Elizabeth's Walk London London SW13 9WT
  • Sat April 25th 2015 - Sat April 25th 2015
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    Queen Elizabeth's Walk London London SW13 9WT
  • Sat May 23rd 2015 - Sun May 31st 2015
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