Duck Heaven at WWT London Wetland Centre

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Last weekend, I headed to bird-spotter’s paradise the London Wetland Centre in Barnes.

Although not ornithologically-inclined myself, I do like ducks, so seeing numerous species including the White-faced Whistling duck, Indian Running ducks and mallards was a bit of a treat!

The 42-hectare site features ponds, rivers and reed beds, making it a perfect home not just for birds, but bats, insects, water voles and other wildlife too.

You can wander the paths in just a few hours and keen bird-spotters can set up camp in one of six hides located around the site. Admittedly, the centre looked distinctly brown and muddy at this time of year, but our tour guide assured us that it becomes much more colourful by spring.

My highlights included:

  • A pair of bullying Black Swans who chased any other birds off their patch of water
  • The strange and random sculptures scattered around the site, including a seal carcass and a bird sculpture made out of shopping trolleys
  • Ducks, ducks and more ducks!

The WWT London Wetland Centre also runs regular events for kids – look out for pond dipping and Easter egg hunts this Easter.


  1. Jamie Wyver says:

    Hi Jenny

    Sorry about the weather! We’re expecting some more sunshine over the next week, and the site will transform beautifully as spring arrives. So please do come back and enjoy another visit: it is our 10th birthday this year so there will be plenty of exciting activities going on.

    Jamie Wyver, WWT London Wetland Centre