London Wetland Centre

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The Wetland Centre was on my list for quite a while but I didn’t get around to do it until a couple of weeks ago. I was lucky enough to catch the last day of the lego trail and do some lego bird watching. Yey!

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I still have the guide and I could copy some paragraphs from there and look really smart but…who am I kidding?

Instead, I will simply point out what awaken my interest: the wetland is man made, it is beautiful and peaceful and it is full of various types of ducks. I had no idea there are so many types of ducks in the world, to be honest.

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These two black swans were a couple. He was minding the eggs and she was very grumpy.
These two black swans were a couple. He was minding the eggs and she was very grumpy.
These are some dangerous ducks because they have some pointy things under their wings. Stay away!
These are some dangerous ducks because they have some pointy things under their wings. Stay away!
I liked the rather introvert duck sitting on that banister. I totally related!
I liked the rather introvert duck sitting on that banister. I totally related!

We were lucky to start our tour when a lovely gentleman was on his was to feed the birds, so he allowed us to follow him while he would tell us interesting bits of information about each species we were visiting. He was jolly and passionate about his job. When I grow up I want to find a job that I am as passionate about! He inspired me and at the same time he made me feel bad about my lack of enthusiasm in general. Bad Lavi!

Look for this lovely gentleman if you want the best tour ever! We loved him!
Look for this lovely gentleman if you want the best tour ever! We loved him!

The place has some playgrounds for the kids, an outdoor cafe and a proper restaurant with very good food. I had some delicious fish and chips and none of the cakes. I was good! But I gave some side looks to the velvet cake and to the coffee cake, I admit. I treat cakes like I treat men: look but don’t touch! (Isn’t my life rather sad?)

I was neither staff nor duck so I kept calm and carried on.
I was neither staff nor duck so I kept calm and carried on.

You can find the Wetland Centre at Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT. By bus, hop on the number 283 bus at Hammersmith bus station (stand K) and it will take you right to the entrance. Ticket is 12,75 with Gift Aid and 11,59 without the Gift Aid. If you book online you get a 10% discount.

Go visit soon, rain or shine! It is totally worth it!

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