Fri 21 December - Sat 16 February
Winter is a fantastic time to visit WWT London Wetland Centre. Enjoy bird watching from one of our hides, a variety of courses and walks and talks with wildlife experts.
This is one of the best seasons to visit London Wetland Centre as some of the UK’s most attractive ducks arrive. Teal, wigeon and shovelers are easy to spot on our main lake.
Our over-wintering numbers of gadwall and shoveler ducks are nationally significant and one of the reasons London Wetland Centre is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The elusive bitterns, always popular with birdwatchers, are present throughout winter and we regularly have up to six on the reserve. They prefer our denser reed beds into which they can retreat if disturbed.
Members' Walk: creating your own garden wetland
Join our warden as he takes you around our gardens to show you some ideas of how you can create your own wetland in your garden. From DIY bug hotels to planting wildlife friendly wetland plants, you’re sure to go home with some fun and inspiring new ideas.
Date: Saturday 12 January
Introduction to Wildlife Photography
Confused or frustrated by the buttons and settings on your camera and want to really take control of your photographic creativity? Or have you just bought a new camera? This is the course for you. Photographer and author Iain Green will guide you through your camera’s various automatic settings - and then show you how to turn off the 'automatic ' mode but still get fantastic photos.
Date: Saturday 19 January
Winter Bird Watching Walk
Our coldest season is a wonderful time to visit WWT London Wetland Centre, with the colourful winter birds decked out in their finest plumage. Our warden will guide you around the wildlife reserve to see what’s about and give you tips on field-craft and bird ID. We record over 180 species of bird each year, so you’re almost bound to see something exciting. So wrap up warm and join us for a winter wander to see which amazing water birds are about. And what’s more, the event includes breakfast in our café.
Date: Sunday 3 February
Winter Wildlife Photography Course
Photograph the winter wildlife wonders of the wetlands with practical guidance and tuition from wildlife photographer and tutor Iain Green. Discover and learn about seasonal specialities of the reserve and how to photograph them. During the day we hope to photograph the abundance of wintering wildfowl and water birds, from the elusive bittern to vibrant shoveler and teal, while also enjoying some creative photography exploring colour, texture and form of the winter flora and landscape.
Date: Friday 8 February
Members’ Walk: coppicing & pollards
Trees are an integral part of the ecosystem at London Wetland Centre, providing benefits to wildlife and biodiversity. During the Centre’s creation more than 27,000 trees were planted. Now our team of wardens work hard to manage this essential habitat throughout the year. On this walk learn about the historic value of trees, how they’re managed here at the Centre and their value to us today as a haven for wildlife.
Date: Saturday 9 February
Winter Drawing Course
Winter is a lively time for ducks at the Wetland Centre. They are in their winter plumage and looking for a mate. This new winter workshop will feature a project about these colourful ducks, and also we will look at reeds and grasses in winter. Artist Judith Gordon will provide photos and all materials that you will need to complete the projects.
Date: Sunday 17 February