An Urban Sanctuary

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

We took a trip to the London Wetland Centre at the weekend. It's been on my to-do list for a long time...

I was born and grew up just a few miles from the first British Wetland Centre in Slimbridge, so I have lots of happy memories of feeding the birds there, exploring the tropical house and marveling at the flamingos.

The London centre opened in 2000 and was built on the site of several former Victorian reservoirs. Londoners can now enjoy 100 acres of serene waterways and learn about the different species which live and migrate here throughout the year.

Of course it's a birdwatcher's paradise ~ we saw plenty of fancy binoculars and telescopes working overtime ~ but it's also a great place to enjoy a walk and take some photos...

This duck was a favourite

And don't even mention the otters ~ too cute!

Aside from the wildlife, autumn was busy showing her glory...

And yet there were still a few summer blooms hanging on...

I also enjoyed the wetland plants and grasses. Check out the stillness of this water and the crispness of the reflected reeds

We saved the best til last, climbing up the Peacock Tower to get a super sunset view across the marshes

You'd never think you were just 7 miles from Westminster Abbey, would you? If I was a bird living in and around London I'd surely make a pit-stop at this urban sanctuary from time to time!

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