Sunday 16 January 2011

The London Wetlands Centre

Today I paid a visit to the London Wetlands Centre. Located just over the Hammersmith Bridge in Barnes it really is a little oasis of calm tranquility in the middle of the hustle and bustle of London.

The London Wetlands Centre is one of several similar nature reserves dotted across the country and were the brainchild of the late, great Sir Peter Scott. Apart from carrying out vital conservation work its centres provide a wonderful opportunity to experience nature.

Birds at the Wetlands Centre were plentiful. I found myself transported back to a 9 year old boy, enthusiastically trying to identify the many different types of birds on display on the lakes and around the centre. I spotted: Wigeons; Gadwalls; Lapwings; Pintails; Herons; Coots; Moorhens; Mallards; Canada Geese and the highlight a Cetti's Warbler (pointed out to me by a friendly birder).

The London Wetlands Centre also has a pretty mean selection of cakes in the cafe and with lots for children to do and see, it really is a perfect way to spend a day.

One of the viewing areas overlooking the lakes.

The centre has plenty of bike racks, should you wish to bring a Brompton or other bike. It also has ample parking, a children's play area, lots of other child-friendly things to do and an excellent shop.  'The Family' loved it and we will be back again very soon.

The view from Peacok Tower - one of the many hides one can explore.

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