January to March Events 2018 at WWT London Wetland Centre

 

January

Monday 1 January
Tick and Twitch Walk
9.45am
Get your 2018 bird list off to a flying start! During this one hour walk, our warden will help you identify as many bird species as possible. We record over 180 species on site each year and winter is a great time for finding many of them.

Our wardens and volunteers work outside on the reserve all day so will be able to show you the best spots for finding particular birds. Around this time of year, birds on site are likely to include bittern, common snipe, redwings and fieldfares. In previous winters at London Wetland Centre we've seen rarities such as bearded tit, waxwing, scaup, and common scoter. While we can't promise you'll see these, you never know what might turn up. The walk will take place whatever the weather, so come wrapped up to keep warm.

 

£3.00 per person plus paid admission to the Centre. Booking essential: please call 020 8409 4400.

Saturday 13 January

Winter Wildlife Walk
9.30am – 11am

A great time to visit for a walk as our expert warden can point out the seasonal wildlife on the reserve.

 

Some might think that winter isn’t the best time to go looking for wildlife but this cold season actually boasts opportunities to spot some of the most beautiful birds. Flocks of over-wintering birds such as teal and wigeon can be seen grazing along the grass banks and high numbers of colourful shoveler can be spotted dabbling on the main lake. These ducks will be employing their fascinating feeding strategy of swimming in circles and creating mini whirlpools in the water to bring food to the surface.

 

So dress up warm and join our expert warden to discover the amazing wildlife that lives in the heart of London.

 

You might even spot one or two other rarities on the reserve such as bearded tits or waxwings. Or get a glimpse of the elusive bitterns hiding out in the reed beds – with up to six spending the winter here each year you stand a good chance of seeing one. 

 

What’s more, you’ll learn more about how our wardens manage the reserve and habitats for the wetland animals and plants that you see. 

 

£20.00 per person, plus admission to the Centre. Includes the guided walk, tea/coffee & breakfast. Please bring your own binoculars/telescope to get the most out of the walk. Booking essential: please call 020 8409 4400.

 

Saturday 20 January

Members’ Walk: Urban Wetlands

1pm

Find out how we use rainwater from our roofs to make mini wetlands that are good for wildlife and a lovely place for people to visit.

 

Join our warden on this urban wetlands walk as he shows you the series of ponds and planters in our courtyard. Discover how this feature helps store rainwater so that it slowly percolates through the soil instead of flooding out onto our hard surfaces or rushing down drains. 

 

Then walk through our gardens and get inspiration about how you can create a small wetland of your own. From DIY bug hotels, to planting wildlife friendly plants you’re sure to go home with some fun and inspiring new ideas. 

 

1pm. £2PP. BE. 

 

Saturday 20 January

Introduction to Wildlife Photography

10am - 4pm

Take full creative control of your camera on this course with photographer and author Iain Green. Turning off the fully-auto setting, Iain will de-mystify your camera’s various buttons and settings and show you how to achieve fantastic photos.

 

The day will begin with an illustrated session about understanding your camera and the basics of composition, followed by a practical photography session outside looking at the flora and fauna. Due to small course numbers there will be plenty of time for 1-2-1 tuition.

 

This course is suitable for users of all types of camera and the content will be tailored accordingly and to the needs of course attendees. Throughout the day Iain will guide you through key camera techniques and photographic skills such as:

 

· Use shutter speeds to capture action and understand apertures to control the depth of field.

· Achieving correct exposure in different lighting or settings

· Effective composition, to add impact to your images

- Explore focusing options for close-up, movement or portraits.

 

£60.00 per person, plus paid admission to the Centre. Booking essential: please call 020 8409 4400.

 

February

 

Sunday 4 February

Winter Bird Watching with a Warden
9.30am – 11am

This practical session will help you identify different birds and to understand more about them. An expert warden will guide you around the wildlife reserve. The course will focus on birds currently on site, their plumage, calls and behaviour. You’ll get tips on how to watch birds including fieldcraft, what to listen out for and the differences between key species.

 

WWT London Wetland Centre is a great place to spot bitterns. Another notable bird species is the Cetti's warbler, which, unusually for a warbler, is present all year round. Cetti's warblers rarely nest in central London but bred here for the first time in 2010, raising two broods of chicks on the reserve. We would also expect to see numerous wintering duck species such as shoveler and gadwall, and other seasonal visitors like fieldfares, redwings, mealy and lesser redpolls and siskins. 

 

The walk lasts for 1 1/2hrs. £10 per person plus admission to the Centre. Bring your own binoculars/telescope where possible. Booking essential: please call 020 8409 4400.

 

Friday 9 February

Winter Wildlife Photography Course

10am - 4pm

Discover and photograph the winter wildlife wonders of the wetlands with practical guidance and tuition from wildlife photographer & tutor. Iain Green. Learn about your camera settings, effective composition and how to capture seasonal wildlife of the reserve. A practical course, the day will begin with an introductory session inside before heading out onto the reserve. This course is suitable for beginner & intermediate photographers, Iain's tuition will be tailored to suit. Due to small course numbers there will be plenty of time for 1-2-1 tuition

 

Enjoy photographing the abundance of wintering wildfowl & water birds, from the elusive bittern to vibrant shoveler and teal. Or explore the colour, texture and form of the winter flora & landscape.

 

£60.00 per person, plus paid admission to the Centre. Booking essential: please call 020 8409 4400

 

Saturday 10 February – Sunday 18 February

Dusty’s Puddle Jumping Championships
News splash!!  The London Puddle Jumping Championships will be held at WWT London Wetland Centre during February half term.  Children of all ages can grab their wellies and have fun jumping in puddles in the fresh air from 10 to 18 February 2018. 

Bring your wellies and wet weather gear and come and have a splashing time! Use your imagination to create the biggest, most exciting splash. Throw some shapes in the air for extra style!  

Puddle Jumping is free with paid admission to the Centre and free to WWT members. 

 

Saturday 17 February

Members’ Walk: reed bed ramblings

1pm

Reed beds are the ultimate wetland habitat; both fascinating and vital but often overlooked.  Join our reserve warden as he takes you on a 30 minute walk into our reed beds – normally out of bounds to visitors – to explain about their management, the wildlife that they support and how humans have relied on them for thousands of years.

 

£2 per person. Starting at Headley Hide. The ground may be damp and uneven so please wear suitable shoes. Booking essential: please call 020 8409 4400.

 

March

 

Saturday 3 March

Meet the cows

10am – 10.30am & 1.30pm – 2pm

Our adorable cows often stand out from the crowd of feathered animals on the reserve and although they aren’t wild, they play a crucial role in managing our wetlands. On this talk our warden will tell you more about the importance of our udderly amazing cows and what they do to look after our furry friends.

 

Participation is free with paid admission to centre.  

 

Saturday 10 March

Members’ Walk: What’s for lunch?

11.30am & 1.30pm
We’re often asked what we feed our collection of beautiful birds in world wetlands, our family of Asian short-clawed otters and our cows. Come behind the scenes with our warden as he gives an explanation of what we feed our feathered – and furry – friends.  Our warden will also explain a bit more about the birds’ regular health checks, how the cows help in managing our wetlands and how to weigh an otter!


£2. Booking essential: please call 020 8409 4400.

 

Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 March
Birds of Prey
Meet a range of magnificent birds of prey such as owls, peregrines, and kestrels and learn more about them. With their keen senses and aerial agility these avian hunters are perfectly adapted for seeking and catching their prey. This is a rare chance to see their talons, bills, and stunning plumage close up. Expert falconer Ben Long from the Falconry School will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about these wonderful raptors.

 

Free with admission to the Centre.

 

Friday 16 March

Introduction to Wildlife Photography

10am – 4pm 

Take full creative control of your camera on this course with photographer and author Iain Green. Turning off the fully-auto setting, Iain will de-mystify your camera’s various buttons and settings and show you how to achieve fantastic photos.

 

The day will begin with an illustrated session about understanding your camera and the basics of composition, followed by a practical photography session outside looking at the flora and fauna. Due to small course numbers there will be plenty of time for 1-2-1 tuition.

 

This course is suitable for users of all types of camera and the content will be tailored accordingly and to the needs of course attendees. Through the day Iain will guide you through key camera techniques and photographic skills such as:

 

· Use shutter speeds to capture action and understand apertures to control the depth of field.

· Achieving correct exposure in different lighting or settings

· Effective composition, to add impact to your images

- Explore focusing options for close-up, movement or portraits.

 

£60.00 per person, plus paid admission to the Centre. Booking essential: please call 020 8409 4400.

 

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