Walthamstow Wetlands

Walthamstow Wetlands is a partnership project between the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Thames Water and London Wildlife Trust – with funding in part from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Located 15 minutes from central London, Walthamstow Wetlands is both a 211 hectare nature reserve and also a Thames Water operational site supplying 3.5 million people daily with clean drinking water.

The site has now been redeveloped into Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve and in October 2017 it opened its gates to the wider public for the very first time in 150 years.

With an abundance of wildlife and a rich industrial history, Walthamstow Wetlands offers a haven to explore, enjoy and connect with nature whilst the newly renovated Engine House includes a cafe, visitor centre and shop.

London Wildlife Trust

Founded in 1981, London Wildlife Trust is dedicated to protecting and conserving the capital’s wildlife and wild spaces. The Trust manages 40 free-to-access nature reserves across the capital, and engages with London’s diverse communities through practical land management, campaigning, volunteering and education.

We work with many partners to advocate for a city richer in biodiversity and ecological resilience, through policy, planning and best practice. The Trust is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK, with the support of over 800,000 members and 40,000 volunteers, to make our local areas wilder and make nature part of life, for everyone.

The Urban Birder

David Lindo is The Urban Birder. Londoner, broadcaster, writer, speaker and tour leader. His mission is to engage city folk around the world with the environment through the medium of birds.

Recently named the 7th most influential person in wildlife by BBC Wildlife Magazine, David is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers and a member of the British Travel Writers Guild. He is the Founder of Britain’s Vote National Bird Campaign in 2015 and the author of The Urban Birder (Bloomsbury, 2011), Tales From Concrete Jungles (Bloomsbury, 2015), #Urban Birding (Kosmos, 2018) and How To Be An Urban Birder (Princeton/Wildguides, 2018). He is a Vice-President of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and a Patron of the Alderney Wildlife Trust and Birding For All.