Walthamstow Wetlands is a 211 hectare nature reserve in the heart of London's Lee Valley.
Keep an eye out on the news section to stay up to date with all the latest goings-on at Europe's largest urban wetland.
spring is in the air
Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve sees an arrival of rare birds and special spring sights
Walthamstow Wetlands is London’s largest wetland nature reserve. Having opened to the wider public for the very first time in 150 years in October last year, the 211 hectare site, including 10 reservoirs, has attracted a large number of nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts from across the capital. With spring in full bloom, Walthamstow Wetlands is a bustle of activity and bird song. Hundreds of birds are busily building their nests and raising their young, the flowers are blossoming and the frogs are spawning – a few reasons why the site is a special home to wildlife both resident and rare....
London Wildlife Trust leads on the conservation of wildlife and nature at Walthamstow Wetlands. Since the Trust’s formation in 1981 it has helped shape the face of London – saving and protecting wildlife sites across the capital. In the month of February, the London Wildlife Trust team of staff and volunteers working at Walthamstow Wetlands turned their attention to a small woodland copse located at the start of the Reservoir 1, 2, 3 path...
little bunting sighting
first sighting at Walthamstow Wetlands
A little bunting has been sighted at Walthamstow Wetlands over recent days. It is the first time the bird has been recorded at Europe's largest urban wetland nature reserve and it is the first time in five years that the bird has been sighted in London. Birders and visitors have been flocking from far and wide to catch a glimpse of this rare sight!
Image credit: Jamie Partridge
New art programme launched
Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve has launched an exciting and innovative arts programme, Wetlands Contemporary, which will play an integral part in engaging audiences with nature and science. Wetlands Contemporary will include an artist in residency programme as well as a series of public art exhibitions to be hosted primarily in the Victorian, locally-listed Engine House and occasionally across the entire site itself. Working in dialogue with the natural environment, Wetlands Contemporary will serve people of all ages and interests, and encourage them to use the space for peaceful contemplation.
Visitor engagement volunteering opportunity
Induction dates now available
We are looking for enthusiastic and welcoming Visitor Engagement Volunteers to support our team. Are you interested in telling our visitors about the area's history, industrial and cultural heritage, and wildlife? We are running two visitor engagement inductions, please book via Eventbrite for your preferred date - no prior volunteering experience necessary to join.
Heritage Lottery Fund campaign to start
10% discount in shop for National Lottery players
Walthamstow Wetlands will be taking part in the Heritage Lottery Fund #thankstoyou Campaign between Monday 11th December and Friday 15th December. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, the funding we received allowed us to regenerate the Engine House, Coppermill Tower and surrounding area and open Walthamstow Wetlands to the wider public for the very first time in 150 years. Offer now closed.