London has so much to offer that some not so well-known places are more or less off the radar of tourists and even locals. The London Wetland Centre seems to be, and totally undeservedly, such a place.
We went there mid-May, and had a wonderful day out. The one and only drawback is that it is located under a Heathrow flightpath. Makes for good photo-ops though.
Of course, we went there for the wildlife, and there is plenty to be seen. You can find very common birds, and also some rarer ones. As always with wildlife, a bit of luck is involved.
The WWT is also involved in conservation work. They care for some local species, like sand martins.
The trust also supports conservation efforts from further afield. If you go on one of their tours (for free, and highly recommended), you’ll hear a lot about all the species and the WWT’s work with them.
It’s easy to get there: you can either walk along the Thames Path, or follow the instructions on their website.
It’s a very family friendly place, but if you prefer quiet and peace with the birds and the reeds, that can be found easily too.