london wildlife trust

london wildlife trust

London Wildlife Trust has been working in partnership with Thames Water and Waltham Forest Council over the last ten years to open up the reservoirs to the wider public, and to improve the area for nature and wildlife. In recent years, we have been able to deliver this vision thanks to invaluable funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Thames Water, Greater London Authority and others. We are delivering community engagement activities, volunteering opportunities, conservation work and ecological surveying here at Walthamstow Wetlands.

london wildlife trust volunteering

London Wildlife Trust has been monitoring wildlife at the Wetlands, alongside experts from BSG Ecology. We are using these surveys to guide the development of the site with nature conservation at its heart. Ongoing monitoring of the wildlife continues and we are watching for any positive or negative trends for wildlife species including wetland birds, small mammals, dragonflies and freshwater invertebrates. Natural England assist us with interpreting the bird survey results and if we see any alarming trends, we have the flexibility to close off access to sections of the nature reserve to help protect wildlife on site. Walthamstow Wetlands is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and part of a Special Protection Area (SPA) for wildlife, and conservation comes first here. It is also an internationally designated as a wetland site under the Ramsar convention.

London Wildlife Trust is delivering an exciting family learning programme that is helping parents and children to connect with nature on site and understand the importance of the wildlife and the industrial heritage at this amazing location. We offer lots of events and activities for parents and children under 5s to join us on site.

wildlife at walthamstow wetlands

We are steadily building our volunteer team, with our visitor engagement roles proving particularly popular. They provide essential support to our work; walking the nature reserve, talking to visitors, litter picking and monitoring wildlife. As frontline volunteers they can also explain the rules about where visitors can and cannot walk, jog or cycle, and they can feed back to staff regarding any issues they spot. We are starting weekly volunteer-led guided walks around the reserve, which we expect to prove popular!

London Wildlife Trust is also leading on an outdoor learning programme for London’s schools which will inspire and excite primary school aged children about the natural world. Our formal education programme had just been launched, and we are now reaching local schools with a cross-curricular programme. Visiting school children love learning about the wildlife and habitats which can be found so close to their doorsteps. We hope that 20 years from now, they will be bringing their own children to enjoy the wildlife here!

learning at walthamstow wetlands

London Wildlife Trust has been working at the Wetlands for several years now, improving and expanding various wildlife habitats. We have added and extended reedbeds along some paths and reservoir edges, and we have created thickets to provide food and shelter for songbirds. Some trees have been coppiced and thinned to promote a healthier ground flora, benefitting butterflies and small mammals, and new wildflower meadows provide plenty of food for pollinating insects and seed-eating birds.

London Wildlife Trust has a full programme of conservation activities to work through this year, with the help of our dedicated volunteer team and corporate partners including Mace. We will be busy making improvements year round, as well as seeking additional funding for projects, including improving the Coppermill Stream for water vole (Britain’s fastest declining mammal) and extending the reservoir reedbeds.

volunteering opportunities at walthamstow wetlands

If you would like to get on board with our many volunteer opportunities here at Walthamstow Wetlands please get in touch through our Conservation Volunteering Officer, Nadia Ward nward@wildlondon.org.uk.