Wet and Wild

A group of intrepid explorers recently set off to the wild west to track down the wildlife that lurks there.

It was actually a visit to the London Wetland Centre, organised by our activities co-ordinator, Arti Khan. The nature reserve is brimming with birds, plants, animals and insects at this time of year. In addition, a special themed event ‘Drawn to Water,’ which runs until early September, encourages people to view nature and the landscape through the eyes of the famous illustrator Quentin Blake. There is a published guide for visitors that features some of his drawings.

The centre is a haven for visiting birds and recent sightings have included common terns, sedge warblers, sand martins, as well as 17 different species of butterfly and 6 types of bee.

The centre is largely accessible to those with mobility issues with tarmac paths and boardwalks to accommodate wheelchairs.

Everyone on our trip felt as if they had spent a day in the country and all came home chattering about their experiences. It reminded some of the birds and butterflies they used to see when they were young.

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