Waterfowl, Wetlands and Walthamstow inter alia

25 June 2015

Region: London

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If you’re a Londoner, walking around the developing Walthamstow Wetlands is quite an eye-opener!  The site is absolutely colossal and made up of 9 reservoirs.  Take a picnic if you want to walk all the way round because at least one of the reservoirs takes 3hours to circumnavigate!  
All 200 hectares of Walthamstow Reservoir site in north east London is being transformed into an urban wetland nature reserve and centre for learning. By 2017 it will open to families as an open space that combines access to natural, industrial and social heritage in one of London’s most diverse and populous areas, to be shared between an evolving natural wildlife and the general public.  
It’s an SSSI site, has metropolitan nature conservation interest and RAMSAR status.  The Wetlands supports significant wintering populations of bittern, shoveler and gadwall. Regionally important breeding populations of grey heron, tufted duck, pochard and other waterfowl are present as well as kingfishers and watervole.  There are damselflies and dragonflies aplenty, as well as amphibians and bats.
There are not many places in London where you can watch Great Crested Grebes do their reed dance and have Canary Wharf and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s ArcelorMittel Orbit Tower as a back drop… oh, and capture a passing train or two in the same shot! Have I done it yet?  No, not quite…but I’m working on it.
'London, Naturally’, RPS London’s micro-group for photographers interested in wildlife and nature photography, is working very closely with the London Wildlife Trust to support this extraordinary transformation. By the way, we’ve got a walk around some of the site on Sunday 28th June.  If you’re into documentary or nature photography, come and walk with us!   Booking details here.
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