When living in London – or any city for that matter – it’s easy to take it for granted. I have been guilty of falling into that trap and far too often when people ask me what I did at the weekend, I have found myself answering, “Oh, nothing much”. Nothing much?! It’s London, for goodness sake!
London is amazing and there is always more of the city to explore; in (most likely) my last year here, I have resolved to get out there and explore it! So this weekend, Matt and I decided to make the most of the dry weather and spend a day outdoors at the London Wetland Centre. The centre is located in peaceful, leafy Barnes in South West London and is run by The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). The WWT is an organisation focused on conservation and working “with others across the world to monitor, research, create and restore wetlands and the wildlife that depends on them.” It’s an organisation I am happy to support!
As soon as we entered the grounds, it felt a world away from London. Every so often, you catch a glimpse of a tall office block or The Shard reminding you where you are but for the most part, it felt like a remote nature reserve.
The centre is brilliant for bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts and families looking for a fun day out. With interactive exhibits, bird watching huts and educational signposts all around the grounds, it’s hard to leave without learning something! The wetlands are home to otters, ducks, swans, geese, frogs, bats, and a host of other animals; some wander around the grounds, disinterested in humans, whilst others (mostly those with young) prefer to hide out in shrubbery and reeds.
I took about a million photos (okay, 280+), so this is actually a severely narrowed-down selection. What can I say? Animals are awesome! I may have sneaked in a few pretty flowers and landscapes as well…
We finished our day by stocking up on amazing, locally grown veggies and fruit at a little market down the road, followed by roast veggie and goat’s cheese sandwiches at Fresh Cafe.
If you’re in London and looking for somewhere a little different to spend the day, I highly recommend the Wetland Centre. It truly is a city oasis.
London Wetland Centre
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk
Entry Fee (Incl. Gift Aid):
Adult – £11.65
Concession – £8.70
Child (4-16)- £6.50