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WWT London Wetland Centre

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Address: Queen Elizabeth's Walk | Barnes, London SW13 9WT, England
Phone Number: (020) 8409 4400
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Activities: Birdwatching, Walking
Description: Nestled in a loop of the Thames, London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis...
Nestled in a loop of the Thames, London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis for wildlife and people; a rural idyll in the heart of the capital. Voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Reserve by readers of Country file magazine, it is perfect for a relaxing stroll along the paths that meander among the lakes, meadows and gardens. The Centre is a haven for wild ducks, wading birds, butterflies, bats, amphibians and water voles. Visitors can also see a collection of beautiful water birds from around the world, and watch the antics of the otter family at feeding time. With six hides, two kids’ adventure zones and a café there’s something for everyone.
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Variety of birds can be spotted..nice walk through nature with various trails n paths..observation area n wildlife viewpoints available..picnic area is also available ..

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Variety of birds can be spotted..nice walk through nature with various trails n paths..observation area n wildlife viewpoints available..picnic area is also available ..

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a professionally run wildlife refuge in a loop of the Thames, surprisingly close the the centre of London. It is just north of some nice walkable green space around the Beverley Brook, and nearby is another (small) nature reserve, the Leg of Mutton, so putting it all together, you can have a good half day or more of... More 

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for such a positive and comprehensive review. I agree, we're lucky to be surrounded by lots of other green spaces with a wealth of wildlife in the local area. And I'm glad you enjoyed seeing all the wildlife here at the Centre. Your support in the form of admission fees and spend in the café is invaluable as all... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Such a calm tranquil, beautiful place in the heart of London very hard to believe, you must see for yourselves the wildlife, plants and array of wild flowers is overwhelming to say the least. the Thames is a short stroll away with canal bars dotted along the side. take your significant other you will both love it trust me.

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Thanks Emmanuel, we're glad you had a great time here. And if you visit again the Red Lion pub at the end of the road has a great beer garden if you fancy a drink after we close ;-) More 

Chennai (Madras), India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

yep...had taken the kids with high hopes of seeing many wetland animals. And with the name boards everywhere and road directions inside for many trails, it did look too promising but very soon, we realized that there is just nothing inside in the name of animals or special birds or...just ducks ducks ducks...every other water body has a bunch of... More 

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

We're really sorry you didn't enjoy your visit and it's true that ducks and water birds form a large part of the wildlife you can see here, both the wild ones and the collection of ducks, geese and swans from around the world. I'm glad you saw the otters, and the cows that graze on our marsh. But I'm sorry... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Looking for a different outside day out in London? - this is a good choice. Despite being not very far from the hustle and bustle of Hammersmith, once you're in this place you are in a different world, peaceful and tranquil, and can see a whole host of birds in a wetland environment. Remarkable that they created this place originally... More 

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Yes, when I look out of the window it's difficult to believe it was once a reservoir! But I'm pleased you saw so much while you were here and thanks so much for your support - not just your review but also for helping us raise funds. The money we get from admissions and the café etc helps our conservation... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

So our plans changed and we needed a plan B....... Being a Westcountry girl, I certainly prefer tranquility of a green space than the hussle and bussle of the big city so a trip to the Wetlands Centre was a no-brainer! I was initially surprised at the cost (every park at home is generally free) but by the end of... More 

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

You've made our day :-) Thanks so much for being so enthusiastic about your visit and I'm delighted you had such a great time. And I'm glad the marsh frogs helped out in making your day; visitors love them, they can't believe such a tiny creature can make such a racket! Next time you're visiting do bring your camera and... More 

Bridgend, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Set in the heart of the metropolis, this place is a Birders heaven, and also interesting for those just looking for a break from the usual tourist sights. Extremely well maintained and with lots of knowledgeable Volunteers on hand to give advice and information. Not cheap .. £12+ and the Cafe charges are quite high too, but at least it... More 

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write about your visit Mark, and for being so complimentary. We do aim to provide a great day out for all visitors, not just keen wildlife watchers, so I'm glad you found our volunteers and guides helpful. All the money we raise via entry fee and the café etc goes back into running the... More 

Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

What a great way to spend a few or a day if you have the time. We spent about 5hrs there on Saturday and only left because the rains came. Not dedicated twitchers but we do love nature. Saw lots of birdlife, dragonflies and plantlife. Love it.

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit here - you don't need to be an expert bird watcher to have a good time, as you've discovered. And if you don't know what something is you can always ask one of our guides or wardens! Thanks so much for your review and I do hope you'll pop back to visit us... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

London Wetland Centre is a haven for waterfowl, and is a great tranquil place to visit in London. It also houses two otters who, for any otter loving persons like us, do not disappoint. Make sure you visit at feeding time for the best sighting! Best part is your money goes towards conservation over anything, so you'll e helping preserve... More 

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and I'm delighted you enjoyed your visit so much. As you say, it is the income we receive from visitors and members that allows WWT to carry out our conservation work, so your support really is vital to us. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Good day out if you like looking at ducks, but a bit boring as the wildlife gets a bit samey! The otters were the best thing about this place but there were too many people in the way for me to get a good picture!

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Catherine S, Manager at WWT London Wetland Centre, responded to this review

Hi. We're glad you enjoyed seeing the otters, they're very popular with all our visitors. But I'm sorry you didn't get much out of the rest of your visit. As well as our collection of water birds from around the world there are also plenty of wild birds around at the moment such as lapwings with chicks, terns, peregrine falcons... More 

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Address: Queen Elizabeth's Walk | Barnes, London SW13 9WT, England
Phone Number: (020) 8409 4400
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