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London Wetlands Center

WWT London Wetlands Centre is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in the Barnes area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, by Barn Elms.

The centre occupies more than 100 acres (40 hectares) of land which was formerly occupied by several small reservoirs. There were converted into a wide range of wetland features and habitats before the centre opened in May 2000. It was the first urban project of its kind in the United Kingdom. It became a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) in 2002 and supports nationally significant numbers of gadwall and shoveler duck.

It was featured on the television programme Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of the London area, with focus on the region’s parakeets, in an episode presented by Bill Oddie.

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