Discover wildlife

Although close to the heart of the capital, WWT London is a haven of tranquillity for both wildlife and people. It is the perfect place to discover nature.

What you'll see

The lakes, pools and gardens are home to a huge variety of wildlife including birds, dragonflies, damselflies, bats, mammals, lizards and more. Check out our Wildlife page for our star species in each season and our Latest sightings page for full details of what we've seen this week.

Emperor dragonfly on water

Where to see wildlife

Wildlife is everywhere, so keep your eyes peeled and ears open for sights and sounds along every pathway!

In summer, survey lakes for birds, ponds for dragonflies and frogs, and reedbeds for water voles - listen out for the characteristic 'plop' noise as they drop into the water, after chomping on reeds. Visit the meadows for butterflies and minibeasts, and keep an eye out for lizards basking in the sun. Not to mention wildflowers - summer is their season!

If you want to really get stuck in, there are six hides, perfect for watching wildlife and photography. Take a seat and get comfortable - spend some time surveying the landscape. Our hides host lots of information and bird books to help identify your discoveries. Hire a set of binoculars or use our hide scopes to get even closer to the action.

For those who seek another level of tranquillity, come and enjoy Wildside. Find a secluded spot and absorb the peacefulness whilst you observe the migrating birdlife and enjoy a soothing sunset.

Wildlife talks

Join our volunteers from Friday to Sunday and learn some incredible facts about the wetlands and why they are so important. Talks occur twice a day (subject to volunteer availability), last around 15 minutes and can be on any of the following topics:

  • Bird of the Day
  • Urban Oasis - more about us and why we are here
  • Mission Possible - why wetlands are vital in reducing the impact of climate change

Guide in the Hide

The Headley Hide offers a close-up view of wildlife with comfort! From 10am until 2pm daily our guide in the hide can help you identify the wildlife that you see (subject to volunteer availability).

Getting around

The paths at London Wetland Centre are mostly flat and there are plenty of benches dotted about. Our three storey hide, the Peacock Tower, has a lift. For more information visit our Accessibility page.