It opened its doors to the public in 2000 and already the London Wetland Centre is the favourite Nature Reserve of Countryfile Magazine readers.
In its 12 short years, it has transformed the 100 acre area, of what was previously a mass of concrete-lined reservoirs, into Britain’s most popular conservation project.
Over 200,000 members currently enjoy what WWT London has to offer, and the site brings a host of wildlife to the city’s 8 million residents. With the vision of its founder, Peter Scott, now brought to life, the efforts of WWT have been recognised with this prestigious award as favourite nature reserve.
And it’s not just the wildlife that benefits from the WWT Centres, over 2.2 million school children have visited the centres since opening and with 20 million visitors across all nine sites, the WWT continues to inspire, educate and entertain.
WWT has recently collaborated with other conservation trusts to fulfil its aim of restoring healthy populations of Eurasian Cranes in the UK. The Great Crane Project has taken off in such a way that it too has been given an award this year by Countryfile Magazine, as the Best Conservation Project.
To receive double awards really elucidates the accomplishments of the London Wetland Centre and the popularity of its mission.
Photo: Countryfile Magazine
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