WWT London Wetland Centre

WWT London Wetland Centre is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in the Barnes area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, southwest London, England, by Barn Elms. The site is formed of four disused Victorian reservoirs tucked into a loop in the Thames.

The centre first opened in 2000, and in 2002 an area of 29.9 hectares was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as the Barn Elms Wetland Centre.[1]

The centre occupies more than 100 acres (40 hectares) of land which was formerly occupied by several small reservoirs. These were converted into a wide range of wetland features and habitats before the centre opened in May 2000. It was the first urban project of its kind in the United Kingdom.

Many wild birds which have now made their home in the Centre cannot be found anywhere else in London, and there are nationally significant numbers of gadwall and northern shoveler. Other wild birds include Eurasian bittern, northern pintail, northern lapwing, water rail, ring-necked parakeet, Eurasian sparrowhawk, sand martin, common kingfisher, little grebe and great crested grebe. The centre also holds a collection of captive wildfowl.

It is host to regular lectures and events concerned with preserving Britain's wetland animals and was featured on the BBC television programme Seven Natural Wonders in 2005 as one of the wonders of the London area, with a focus on the region's parakeets, in an episode presented by Bill Oddie. The site contains a large visitors' building which is occasionally used as a wedding venue.

In 2012 London Wetland Centre was voted Britain's Favourite Nature Reserve in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards.

Barn Elms Wetland Centre
Site of Special Scientific Interest
London Wetland Centre Building, Barnes, UK - Diliff
The entrance to the London Wetland Centre Visitors Centre and the statue of Peter Scott by Nicola Godden on the left
Area of SearchGreater London
Grid referenceTQ 228770
Area29.9 hectares
Location mapMagic Map

Image gallery

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Sheltered Lagoon at the London Wetland Centre

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Black-necked swan at the Centre

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Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust London Wetland Centre

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London Wetland Centre Peacock Tower

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Coscoroba swan at the London Wetland Centre

Heron in London Wetland Centre

Demoiselle Cranes in WWT London Wetland Centre

See also


  1. ^ Natural England, Barn Elms Wetland Centre Citation

External links

  • Official website
  • WWT London Wetland Centre on Facebook
  • WWT London Wetland Centre on Twitter
  • "Map of Barn Elms Wetland Centre SSSI". Natural England.

Coordinates: 51°28′43″N 0°13′59″W / 51.4786°N 0.2331°W

Barn Elms

Barn Elms is an open space in Barnes in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

It is located on the northerly loop of the River Thames between Barnes and Fulham.

The WWT London Wetland Centre (105 acres of what were once reservoirs) lies to the north of the open space, now largely given over to sporting venues. The site is split in two: the Barn Elms Playing Fields (managed by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames) and the Barn Elms Sports Centre (managed by the London Borough of Wandsworth) which includes a boathouse as well as a sports centre. Beverley Brook flows across the southern part of the open space, joining the Thames almost opposite Craven Cottage.

Parks, open spaces and nature reserves in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Richmond upon Thames in the south west of Greater London has more parks, open spaces and nature reserves than any other London borough.

These include:

Kew Gardens

three Royal Parks – Richmond Park (which includes the Isabella Plantation), Bushy Park (which includes the Upper Lodge Water Gardens) and Hampton Court Park

English Heritage's Marble Hill Park in Twickenham

Thames Water's Sunnyside Reservoir

The WWT London Wetland CentreThere are over 100 parks and open spaces within the borough's boundary and 21 miles of river frontage. Many of the open spaces were village greens.

The main parks and open spaces managed by Richmond upon Thames Borough Council are:

The Crane Riverside Park, linking the boroughs of Richmond and Hounslow, is one of 11 parks in Greater London selected for renovation funds by a public vote. In 2009 the park received £400,000 towards better footpaths, more lighting, refurbished public toilets and new play areas for children.

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