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Walthamstow Wetlands, London

4.2
#8 of 26 in Wildlife in London




Walthamstow Wetlands is a 211 ha (520 acres; 2.11 km2) nature reserve, containing the Walthamstow Reservoirs, in north east London. Opened on 20 October 2017, the site is particularly important for wildlife due to its position within the Lee Valley; a byway for migrating, wintering and breeding birds in the Greater London area. The site is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is one of the largest urban wetland nature reserves in Europe. Visitors can freely access the site’s natural, industrial and social heritage in one of the capital’s most diverse and densely populated urban areas.
The reservoirs, under the ownership of Thames Water, also form part of a larger Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation, noted for the mixture of aquatic and terrestrial habitats on site, and for their London-wide importance (especially for birds).


The Walthamstow Wetlands project is managed by London Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Thames Water and London Borough of Waltham Forest. The project was made possible after the Heritage Lottery Fund provided £4.4 million in funding. In total Walthamstow Wetlands has a value of £8m from capital works and revenue funding over five years, with Thames Water committing £1.84m to the project.
The Greater London Authority have also funded the Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway, improving the 3 km (1.9 mi) cycle links between Woodberry Wetlands in Manor House and Walthamstow Wetlands to encourage visitors to visit both sites.
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  • Great place to see wild life and there is a cafe if you get hungry or want a drink. You will also find people fishing there as well.  more »
  • It was sunny the day we visited and it was beautiful. Main attractions are the wildlife, views and the Engine House and Coppermill. You can go inside both the Engine House, which has a cafe and...  more »
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  • A lovely place to visit. It is free to get in, and it is such a beautiful and relaxing place to be as you are so close to nature. I recommend this wetlands to anyone especially if you want to get away from the stress of everyday life.
  • A serene and relaxing environment amongst the craziness of London. The walking trails are well thought out between the lakes and water ways. The natural wildlife has been allowed to flourish. A perfect place for a picnic.... Remember to take your rubbish away with you!!!

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