New Wildlife Discovery Centre at Lee Valley


by Mark Cureton |

Birdwatchers and nature-lovers can enjoy the wildlife and habitats of the Lee Valley following the opening of a brand-new Wildlife Discovery Centre.

Located just north of the M25 in Fishers Green, on the Herts/Essex border, it’s at the heart of the River Lee Country Park, and replaces the old Bittern Information Point.

Overlooking Seventy Acres Lake, it will be one of the best places in the UK to see wintering Bittern, plus other species such as Common Tern (in summer) and Kingfisher, plus other wildlife such as dragonflies.

The centre will offer 360-degree views of the area from a five-metre viewing tower, overlooking wetland and grassland habitat and ‘living’ roofs. A two-tier viewing platform will provide enhanced viewing angles and photography opportunities, while CCTV in the Discovery Room will offer close-up footage from across the lake and educate visitors on the history of the park and the different species that can be found there. It is fully accessible, with ramps and a lift.

The 26-mile-long Lee Valley Regional Park stretches from the Thames deep into the Hertfordshire countryside.

The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s Chief Executive, Shaun Dawson, said: “The pandemic has shown us how much people value open space and the ability to get close to nature.

“This venue will provide everyone from seasoned birdwatchers to curious families with the opportunity to explore this beautiful part of the country, which is full of stunning wildlife and habitats all year long.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure all measures are in place so that people can enjoy this beautiful centre safely and better understand the rich wildlife and nature in the Lee Valley.”

The new centre will be open from 10am to 4pm, seven days a week. Pre-booking is currently required via visitleevalley.org.uk/rlcp, and visits are not permitted from people travelling from Tier Three areas.

For the latest news and events taking place in the park, go to visitleevalley.org.uk

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