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London Wetland Center nice for kids and bird watchers

The London Wetland Center opened in 2000 at a site formed of four disused Victorian reservoirs tucked into a loop in the Thames; the entire 100 acre park is 100% mn-made

The London Wetland Center opened in 2000 at a site formed of four disused Victorian reservoirs tucked into a loop in the Thames; the entire 100 acre park is 100% man-made

The Asian small-clawed otter is a threatened species and the only non-bird at the center; the pair is the most popular draw and the main reason I chose to visit

The Asian small-clawed otter is a threatened species and the only non-bird at the center; the pair is the most popular draw and the main reason I chose to visit

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust was founded by the son of Antarctic explorer Captain Scott; Peter Scott became an Olympic sailing medalist and was founder of the World Wildlife Fund

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust was founded by the son of Antarctic explorer Captain Scott; Peter Scott became an Olympic sailing medalist and was founder of the World Wildlife Fund

I loved these benches and the great wood carving!; admission at the center is 13 pounds which seems steep unless you're really into waterbirds

I loved these benches and the great wood carving!; admission at the center is 13 pounds which seems steep unless you're really into waterbirds

The red-breasted goose is a threatened species native to Siberia which winters in Romania and Bulgaria; I expected more wildlife here but I guess it's really targeted at bird watchers

The red-breasted goose is a threatened species native to Siberia which winters in Romania and Bulgaria; I expected more wildlife here but I guess it's really targeted at bird watchers

These otters are excellent swimmers and can stay underwater 6-8 minutes; the Asian small-clawed otters are very social animals but are seriously threatened by rapid habitat destruction, hunting and pollution

These otters are excellent swimmers and can stay underwater 6-8 minutes; the Asian small-clawed otters are very social animals but are seriously threatened by rapid habitat destruction, hunting and pollution

The center is a great field trip destination for school groups; there are dedicated educational facilities for young kids that show them how they impact the environment in their daily lives

The center is a great field trip destination for school groups; there are dedicated educational facilities for young kids that show them how they impact the environment in their daily lives

The London Wetland Center needed some flamingos in their lagoon; TripAdvisor comments generally focused on the lack of any species that aren't seen already in London

The London Wetland Center needed some flamingos in their lagoon; TripAdvisor comments generally focused on the lack of any species that aren't seen already in London

The Asian small-clawed otter is native to SW Asia and the smallest otter species; ordinary river otters almost disappeared from England but have rebounded and are now found in every county

The Asian small-clawed otter is native to SW Asia and the smallest otter species; ordinary river otters almost disappeared from England but have rebounded and are now found in every county

Egyptian geese are native to sub-Saharan Africa with feral populations in Western Europe; apparently there are more birds here in the summer since some species migrate

Egyptian geese are native to sub-Saharan Africa with feral populations in Western Europe; apparently there are more birds here in the summer since some species migrate

Sleeping tundra swan; the center is close to Heathrow Airport in the Barnes neighborhood and is an included attraction with the London Pass

Sleeping tundra swan; the center is close to Heathrow Airport in the Barnes neighborhood and is an included attraction with the London Pass

The center hosts 50,000  school kids each year; like the rest of London, I heard plenty of different languages being spoken here during my visit

The center hosts 50,000+ school kids each year; like the rest of London, I heard plenty of different languages being spoken here during my visit

Sir Peter Markham Scott established the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust which now has 9 locations in England; his roommate at Trinity College, Cambridge became the first Director of Nature Conservancy in Scotland

Sir Peter Markham Scott established the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust which now has 9 locations in England; his roommate at Trinity College, Cambridge became the first Director of Nature Conservancy in Scotland

There are only two otters here with the larger one being the female; she's 7 years old while the male is 4 with the average lifespan in captivity of this species about 15 years

There are only two otters here with the larger one being the female; she's 7 years old while the male is 4 with the average lifespan in captivity of this species about 15 years

Barnacle goose; normally found on Arctic islands in the North Atlantic, the main predators of this breed are Arctic foxes and polar bears

Barnacle goose; normally found on Arctic islands in the North Atlantic, the main predators of this breed are Arctic foxes and polar bears

An amazing amount of money has been spent to develop the center from scratch; I stayed in a neighborhood of immigrants south of London at the end of my trip since central London hotels are so expensive

An amazing amount of money has been spent to develop the center from scratch; I stayed in a neighborhood of immigrants south of London at the end of my trip since central London hotels are so expensive

Greylag geese tend to bond in long-term monogamous relationships, though 5 to 8% o the pairs divorce and re-mate; birds in heterosexual (14-20% ae homosexual) pairs may engage in promiscuous behavior, despite the opposition of their mates

Greylag geese tend to bond in long-term monogamous relationships, though 5 to 8% of the pairs divorce and re-mate; birds in heterosexual (14-20% are homosexual) pairs may engage in promiscuous behavior, despite the opposition of their mates

This grey heron has moved in with the river otters since he can easily get fish that the otters don't eat; the otters rule their territory and occasionally would pester the heron who would fly a short distance away

This grey heron has moved in with the river otters since he can easily get fish that the otters don't eat; the otters rule their territory and occasionally would pester the heron who would fly a short distance away

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