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“London Wetland Centre”

WWT London Wetland Centre
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Ranked #162 of 1,749 things to do in London
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed November 10, 2013

A very peaceful interesting place to visit. We had 4 children with us aged from 3 to 9 and they really enjoyed the wide open spaces, looking at the birds, otters etc. it was good value for money and an enjoyable day out.

Thank Sue M
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

We were treated to this marvellous visit by friends Jo and Mel. The wetlands nature reserve at Barnes was created at the instigation of the famous naturalist and nature painter, Peter Scott, who persuaded Thames Water to lease the land to the new Trust at a peppercorn rent and to bind the developers of adjacent land sold for housing to donate a capital sum of over a million pounds to the Trust towards the cost of making the site a welcoming environment for wildfowl. It was an overcast but predominantly dry day and we spent about 5 hours there. We saw our first live eider ducks and Bewick swans there. There were black swans also and great crested grebes, grey herons and the usual coots and moorhens in abundance. There are even Highland cattle and you can see the three otters being fed. There's a carpark, clean loos and a delightful cafe. Virtually all the staff you meet are volunteers and their passion for the centre is very evident. We will go there again and again.

1  Thank Denis M
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

This was our second visit here. Had another great day out with my sons aged 9 and 11. Whether you are an avid bird spotter or just there for a day out there is something for everyone. We got to see the otters being fed, the keeper was very informative. The boys enjoyed pond dipping and seeing what was in their nets. Great to get outdoors and enjoy some simple pleasures. Fab play area where the kids can let off steam while grown ups enjoy a coffee. Very clean facilities and ample free parking. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank Kimbolulu
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

At WWT London Wetland Centre you can have a stress free day out. See the nature around you. Green and peaceful. Wonderful family day out. You can use 2 for 1 offer when going by train. You can get off at Barnes and walk from there.

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

The Wetland Centre is a piece of wonderful countryside, inside London. Even if you are not a birdwatcher, it is a bit of magic, even if you may have to block out the sounds of overflying aircraft sometimes. It does great things for children, especially schoolchildren. If however you are not enthused by schoolchildren, go on a Monday, no children. I can also recommend the pond dipping for adults. When it is on, it takes place at 12 noon and 3 p.m. for 30 mins. It used to be Kids only, but now it is available for big kids. If you check on line, you can see the dates it is available. As it is Autumn, the creatures are small but varied. Later on in the Spring/Summer they get bigger. It is a good oportunity to relive childhood, with a small net to catch invertebrates. The ponds are raised, so wonky backs and stiff knees are not a problem. It is included in the entry price. The education officer, looking after the dipping, in our case Paul, was knowledgeable, without being too specialist. Well worth a visit. If it is very wet, or very windy, not worth it as the birds dislike it as much as the humans and sit tight.

Thank Chenahusky
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