The best urban wildlife site in Europe, the London Wetland Centre is located adjacent to the banks of the River Thames. Recognized as a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’, the centre is a charming haven of natural beauty in the heart of the city featuring meadows, lakes, ponds and walkways. Admired for its positive environmental impact on the local area, the centre is home to wide range of wildlife including grass snakes, bats, amphibians, water voles moths, butterflies, slow worms and over 180 species of birds.
Opened in 2000, regular events and lectures regarding the preservation of Britain’s wetland animals are held by London Wetland Centre. Sprawling across 42 hectares, this centre is one of the most exciting and ambitious wildlife projects of Britain.
This award-winning attraction is managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). A prominent conservation organization in UK dedicated to saving wetlands for wildlife and humans, WWT was founded by a naturalist and artist in 1946. Having over 60 years experience on the subject of wetland conservation, the organization is solely committed to protecting wetlands as well as those whose survival depend on it. It also seeks to raise awareness on the issues that affect wetlands and the survival of their wildlife.
Featuring a restaurant, cinema and a gift shop, the visitor centre is a significant part of the London Wetland Centre. It also presents documentaries on ‘wetlands’. In addition, the centre also includes a heated viewing observatory, an interactive discovery centre, an adventure area and more. Free guided tours are also offered for the visitors making it possible for them to enjoy their visit to the maximum. During holidays and weekends, special programmes featuring children’s activities are also provided. All in all, the centre proves to be a fascinating and enlightening visit for the whole family.
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