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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 32.8 August 2021

WWT London Wetland Centre – the first 20 years

By - Louise Hill, Emma Hutchins, Philip Briggs, Rich Bullock, John Arbon, Laurence Arnold, Bill Haines, Martin Honey, Jake Klavins, Helen Mayfield, Adam Salmon, Penny Smallshire, David Widdowson

In the 20 years since it first opened the London Wetland Centre (LWC) has amassed a remarkable list of species, including a diverse assemblage of birds breeding in the various specially designed wetland habitats, and a number of rare invertebrates. Here, current staff and others involved in documenting the wildlife of LWC provide an account of how the site has developed through its first two decades to become a vital refuge for nature in England’s capital.   

It is just over 20 years since British Wildlife founder Andrew Branson visited the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s (WWT) London Wetland Centre (LWC) to prepare an article for the Reserve Focus series (Branson 2000). At that time, LWC was newly created and yet to open its doors to the metropolis and beyond, but Branson was impressed by ‘one of the most innovative reserves in the UK’.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist