WWT London Wetland Centre

Written by: Elmtree Press

Autumn is a beautiful season here with leaves changing colour, transforming the site. It’s also an exciting time for us with birds migrating back from summer feeding grounds to spend winter on our lakes and in the reed beds. Then, as foliage starts to disappear from the trees, spotting smaller birds becomes easier making it a great time for beginner bird-watchers. With fewer school visitors on site, this is the perfect time of year to engage your learners with the natural world.

We offer several curriculum-linked bird-based sessions such as ‘Which birds live in wetlands?’, where learners use binoculars to investigate bird-life in a wetland habitat, or our new session ‘What can we do to help protect wildlife?’  In this innovative session, your pupils will use our captive collection of endangered birds to gain first-hand experience of what WWT scientists do and why. Using a variety of equipment, they will record bird life and use their data to understand the relationship between birds and their environment. After the session, learner’s GPS track will be uploaded to a website.  Using their own unique code, they will be able to access their track and enter their own data providing an excellent opportunity to extend the learning into the classroom. Earlier in the season the ponds are still bursting with life making our popular pond dipping sessions excellent choices for September and October. Most sessions can be adapted to take place partially under cover if necessary.

Finally, this October, the world’s most popular toy will be at London Wetland Centre. Giant LEGO® animals and birds will be making their home on site alongside some of their real-life counterparts. The LEGO® trail will be with us for five weeks—from 3rd October to 8th November. Models include a swan, a flamingo, a red breasted goose, a river otter and more! Schools are welcome to participate in the trail if they visit during this time.
Call now to book your visit on 020 8409 4419, or e-mail
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