Thursday, 8 May 2014

Nature in the City: London Wetland Centre

If you want to live in a bustling metropolis 
without losing touch with nature, 
then London is your city.

With 40% of its surface being green spaces, 
London is the third greenest city of its size in the world 
{we are lucky}. 

From manicured royal parks to vast open spaces,  
Londoners have many alternatives on a sunny day... 

...one of them being a 40 hectare wetland, 
right in the heart of the city. 

A Mum in London

Bird's eye view

Built from disused water reservoirs in 2000, 
London Wetland Centre is a haven 
both for wildlife species & Londoners. 

Paths zigzag between the lakes and lagoons, 
bird watching hides offer amazing views, 
and birds' chirping is the soundtrack of choice. 

A Mum in London

World of Nature

London Wetland Centre is home 
to all manner of wildlife and aquatic plants.

On our visit, we spotted endangered species, 
like the Siberian red-breasted goose 
{pictured above with her egg nest}, 
 graceful black swans, playful otters, 
dragonflies and beautiful water lilies. 

A Mum in London

Family Facilities 

Kids are spoilt for choice at the Wetland Centre. 

There is an amazing nature themed playground, 
with water play & burrows 
{highly recommended by the Toddler}. 

An indoor discovery centre with funfair inspired games, 
a pond zone to dip nets in...

...and, of course, do not miss the otters' feeding time 
everyday at 11:00 & 14:00. 

In a nutshell: eco-fun family outing on a sunny day.

Getting there: take bus 238 from Hammersmith, free parking if you go by car.
Admission £11, children under 4 go free.

15 comments:

  1. I didn't even know this existed! So nice to discover more about London every time I read your blog.

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    1. Thanks, Louisa! It's very nice, both for kids & adults. Highly recommended next time you're in London :)

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  2. Oh, it sounds just lovely!! I must try see if my friend-with-a-toddler is keen although I might like a bit of bird spotting!

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    1. You'll like it a lot, it's so serene & peaceful.
      And so many birds species to see!

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  3. I used to be a member of the Wetlands Centre, pre-kids, even though it's on the other side of town from us. I love the place....must give it a visit soon.

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  4. Looks fun. I thought it might be boring, but you've really sold it to me! :)

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    1. I assure you, it's no boring at all & there are plenty of activities for kids!

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  5. I didn't know that stat! Aren't we lucky? I also had never heard of the Wetlands centre - what a great day out. We're always looking for new things to do in London given we're only 20 minutes away. Thank you x

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    1. Yes, so lucky to be living in such a green city. Would be nice if the weather was sunnier though :)

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  6. I didn't know about this park/wetland area in London. Something to keep in mind for my next visit. Found you from Britmums.

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    1. Hi & thanks for you comment!
      It's a very nice place to visit on a nice {warm} day!

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  7. I didn't even know this existed. Embarrassing...

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    1. I would not know it existed either, if the Toddler hadn't developped a new passion for all things aquatic ;)

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  8. This post brought back many happy memories for me! We used to visit a lot, and spent hours watching the king fishers! :)

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    1. Oh, I'm glad it did bring you happy memories! It's a lovely place, isnt'it?

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