London Wetland Centre

London Wetland Centre information

London , England
Queen Elizabeth's Walk
+44 20 8409 4400
Getting there
Train: Barnes
Tube: Hammersmith then
Bus: 283 (Duck Bus), 33, 72 or 209
More information
adult/child/family £12.75/7/35.55
Opening hours
9.30am-6pm Apr-Oct, to 5pm Nov-Mar
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One of Europe’s largest inland wetland projects, this 43-hectare centre run by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust was transformed from four Victorian reservoirs in 2000 and attracts some 140 species of bird, as well as frogs, butterflies, dragonflies and lizards, plus a thriving colony of watervoles. The glass-fronted observatory affords panoramic views over the lakes, while meandering paths and boardwalks lead visitors through the watery habitats of black swans, Bewick's swans, geese, red-crested pochards, sand martins, coots, bitterns, herons and kingfishers.

Don’t miss the Peacock Tower , a three-storey hide – and magnet for serious birders – on the main lake’s eastern edge; other hides are sprinkled around the reserve, including the Headley Discovery Hide in the west. The wetland is also well-populated with eight different species of bats that feed on the abundant moths. A short walk north of the entrance, the wetland's family of sleek-coated otters are fed daily at 11am and 2pm. Free daily tours , which are led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff members, are highly recommended. They depart at 11.30am and 2.30pm daily. Binoculars can be hired from the shop.