London Wetland Centre shortlisted for ‘Britain’s Favourite Nature Reserve’ award

WWT London Wetland Centre has been nominated for the ‘Britain’s Favourite Nature Reserve’ category in the Countryfile Awards 2012.

The Centre, which opened just 12 years ago, was transformed from four concrete-lined reservoirs into an urban wildlife oasis by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). Since May 2000, the reserve has attracted over 200 species of bird as well as numerous reptiles, amphibians, dragonflies and a thriving colony of water voles, the UK’s fastest declining mammal.

It is also a haven for people, with many visitors enjoying a relaxing escape from city life.

Sir David Attenborough considers it “a miracle”. He says: “The London Wetlands: it must be very difficult to think of anywhere that’s better in London, with a greater variety of species and wonderful things to see.”

Kate Humble calls the reserve “an oasis in the middle of London”, and to fellow presenter Chris Packham it “brings to millions of people the opportunity to encounter wildlife up close.”

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WWT London Wetland Centre is a 105 acre wetland visitor centre in Barnes, southwest London, an international award-winning visitor attraction and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is home to a wide range of wildlife species including birds, water voles, bats and amphibians. Facilities include six wildlife hides, Water’s Edge Café, Water’s Edge Room, Observatory, a gift shop, free car park and cinema. The Centre also has adventure play areas for children.

Find out more about WWT London Wetland Centre at: www.wwt.org.uk/london

You can vote for WWT London Wetland Centre to win by visiting www.countryfile.com/awardsvote. Voting closes on 1 June 2012.

WWT Caerlaverock in Dumfriesshire has also been included in the nominations.

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