Pure and Otter Joy
Our otters love to play
under their waterfall
Get set for over 100 nature-filled acres of amazing wildlife
Go nose-to-beak with some of nature’s most exciting animals
We’ve hundreds of exotic swans, ducks and geese ready to meet you in our wonderful Wetlands of the World area, including American wood ducks, elegant smews, and noisy white-faced whistling ducks. Then head onto the reserve for lakes, pools and scrapes – home to colourful garden birds, pretty wading birds, as well as frogs and newts.
Watch our cheeky otters playing, see them snoozing in their specially-designed ‘holt’ and discover more about them during feeding time – it’s a real splash! Plus, join our wardens in Duck Tales as they feed our domestic ducks with their own special grain.
300,000 plants and 27,000 trees make us a wildlife oasis in central London. In spring, listen out for the screeching croak of marsh frogs and the zip of dragonfly wings. In summer, marvel at the aerial acrobatics of hundreds of swifts and sand martins overhead. As dusk falls watch for bats swooping across our skies.
If you want a better view of the reserve, we’ve six hides perfect for wildlife watching, as well as our two-storey Observatory for a panoramic view of the reserve. We make it a principle that our wetlands and wildlife are accessible to everyone which is why our three-storey Peacock Tower and the Observatory have lift access to the upper floors and our Headley Discovery hide has fixed floor to ceiling windows.
You can’t beat the sweet-scented peace of our beautiful gardens – The RBC Rain Garden and The Slate Garden. Stroll amongst them enjoying our beautiful wildflowers, reeds and grasses, and bug hotels; what wildlife will you spot? Lizards, bees, dragonflies and butterflies love it here as much as we do!
Join us for our daily spotlight talks to discover more about the history of the Centre and the animals that live here. Find out which bird has remained almost unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. Or come and discover more about one of the planet’s rarest geese. See our board in admissions each day for details.
Exciting hands-on discovery for little explorers
Zip slides, water games, giant water vole tunnels, plus a get-up-and-go climbing wall, it’s all happening in our Explore adventure playground.
Villages to build, wetlands to explore, water cannons to shoot and reed beds with very stinky secrets, our Discovery Zone is great – especially for rainy day adventures. Little adventurers will travel through the fascinating world of the wetlands learning all about the creatures through interactive games and puzzles.
During half term and summer holidays, join our team and grab a net to find out what lives in the water here at WWT London Wetland Centre. From snails to fish and shrimps, you’ll be amazed just how much you’ll find. Discover hidden creatures lurking in the depths of our ponds during one of our pond dipping sessions. See the what’s on section for more details.
Whichever day you come, there’s always something going on