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“When the pump stop working”

WWT London Wetland Centre
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Ranked #165 of 1,695 things to do in London
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Owner description: Nestled in a loop of the Thames, London Wetland Centre is an urban oasis for wildlife and people; a rural idyll in the heart of the capital. Voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Reserve by readers of Country file magazine, it is perfect for a relaxing stroll along the paths that meander among the lakes, meadows and gardens. The Centre is a haven for wild ducks, wading birds, butterflies, bats, amphibians and water voles. Visitors can also see a collection of beautiful water birds from around the world, and watch the antics of the otter family at feeding time. With six hides, two kids’ adventure zones and a café there’s something for everyone.
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Unfortunately at the moment they have problems with their water or should I say lack of, reliant on a massive pump which is now broken the ponds are gradually drying up. Also as a millennium project the buildings are now looking tired as is often is the way when you get a massive capital fund to launch a project and then have to scratch around to keep it going. It can be noisy when the Heathrow flight path is overhead but that will depend on the wind direction. However what a great use of the old reservoirs and it is much loved by the birds! They have good secure bike parking and some wonderful views of London. I will be back to see what it is like when the ponds are brimming with water.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

a stunning oasis within London, a fantastic man made paradise for birds, plants, amphibians and any other wildlife lucky enough to find its self there.
The facilities are clean and well maintained, the staff are helpful and friendly and the volunteers are fantastic.
Please make sure you go on a guided walk with one of the staff/volunteers its very interesting and they are very knowledgeable.
there is a lovely garden shop and they sell a range of plants grown at the WWT.
This would be a fantastic place to take the family, the paths are all wheelchair friendly and the Peacock hide even has a lift!! there is also activities and learning for kids of all ages.


Thank Experiences4ever
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Living not far from the Wetland Centre, in Richmond, we thought that this would be an interesting day out with my daughter's two girls aged 6 and 3. However, there was very little for the children here as the birds were very difficult to view without binoculars and we saw only a few ducks. The displays showing how the water in wetlands is essential were old and tired and it was not really interesting to spray water at small targets to watch animal shapes emerge from behind the targets or to fill up the world with water using a pump. Even the playground seemed to have seen better days. If there had been more people visiting, we would not have had a chance to do much even here as there were only a small number of attractions and the children already using them were, understandably, reluctant to forego their turn. The highlight was the feeding of the otters but it was hardly worth the entrance fee to see them. The small slate paths which were attractive to the children had 'keep off' signs. It seemed strange to bother going to the trouble of making paths if they were not for walking on. We could have had much more fun on Ham Lands and the shore of the River Thames along with Richmond Park and spent nothing at all.

2  Thank Roaming2011
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Part of the WWT, originally set up by Sir Peter Scott, this gem, only 5 mins from Hammersmith by bus, is a piece of the countryside close to the heart of London. I have been member since it opened and have found it a haven of wildlife and environmental peace ever since. Children love to experience the birds and other creatures - don't miss the otters - while adults can appreciate the entire area for its tranquility and space, away from the rush of the nearby metropolis.

Thank rupertbear1
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Having been visiting London for many years, this was our first trip here and i don't know why we did not come here sooner. We spent a full day here.
There is a good bus service (number 283) from Hammersmith bus station which stops at the centre.
Although there were several staff available to answer questions and it is well signed, it is also worth buying the guide booklet (£2.50) with a pull out map, species list and drawings of birds you could fined here. We spotted 30 different species, not including the captive ones in pens representing different areas of the World.
The bird hides are first class with easy access for disabled, two even had lifts in them. Although we took our own binoculars, there were telescopes and binoculars in most hides plus bird books in them all..
On our day, at least, we were not aware of any planes flying over or any traffic noise. Difficult to believe we were in London.
The cafe/restaurant had 4 "hot" meals available ranging from £5.95 to £9.00 - much cheaper than Kew. Though we ate about 1:30pm and our meals were warm rather than hot. I expect they would have warmed them up had we asked. It is also an ideal place to bring your own picnic to enjoy while walking round.
A good place to visit for people, families wanting a day outside with lots of displays and areas to explore, as well as being somewhere for more experienced birders to see wildfowl from around the World and spot non capitve birds - we saw 30 different species of the latter.

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