Walthamstow Wetlands is a 211 hectare nature reserve in the heart of London's Lee Valley.

Keep an eye out on the news section to stay up to date with all the latest goings-on at Europe's largest urban wetland.

New habitat creation project

New planting and creation of ponds

Last winter, during the heavy rainfall events, we experienced flooding along the main access routes of Walthamstow Wetlands. As a result, Thames Water have commissioned Maydencroft Limited to help us deliver a sustainable solution to the drainage challenge whilst mutually benefitting the wildlife on site....

Childcare in school holidays at Walthamstow Wetlands

New questionnaire to learn more about your childcare needs

We are hoping to offer paid childcare during school holidays at Walthamstow Wetlands and are looking for information from parents on what they want.


Walthamstow Wetlands artist-in-residence, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, presents new film

Next week marks the opening of Interdependence, a film examining Walthamstow Wetlands as a site of refuge and sanctuary by artist-in-residence and independent choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir. Based in the Engine House at the Wetlands, the film will be exhibited from Tuesday 27 November 2018...

National Lottery #ThanksToYou Campaign

Monday 3rd December - Sunday 9th December

Walthamstow Wetlands will be taking part in the National Lottery #ThanksToYou Campaign between Monday 3rd December and Sunday 9th December. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, the funding we received allowed us to open up Walthamstow Wetlands to the wider public for the very first time in 150 years. Alongside the financial support of Thames Water and the London Borough of Waltham Forest, the funding also helped regenerate the locally-listed Engine House to include a visitor centre, cafe and education space and to also renovate the Grade II- listed Coppermill Tower now with a viewing platform. The funding also helped support numerous conservation works onsite to enhance habitats and create new ones too...

Birders’ Choice Awards

Walthamstow Wetlands has been nominated for the 'Site of the Year' award

Celebrate the birding and conservation of the past year and cast your vote in the annual Birders’ Choice Awards in association with the Birders Guide.

Walthamstow Wetlands celebrates one year anniversary

Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve welcomes over 415,000 visitors in opening year

October 2018 marked one year since National Lottery-funded Walthamstow Wetlands opened its gates to the general public. Since opening, Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve has provided a unique resource for the local community and visitors further afield to enjoy the great outdoors and experience nature and wildlife first hand in an urban setting... 


Artist in Residency 2019

London Borough of Culture 2019 announces open call

As part of a funded programme of artist projects that invite creatives to respond to themes surrounding Waltham Forest’s history and communities, this landmark residency entitled Form, Function and The Outdoors provides a unique opportunity for an established artist, designer or sculptor to explore how ideas stemming from the Bauhaus movement have influenced culture locally...


Completing important conservation work and opening up green spaces to local communities

Mace is a long-term partner of London Wildlife Trust and over the last six years more than 2,000 Mace employees have given their time to the Trust to help nature conservation across London...

Interview with Jacquie Davis

UK's first-ever female bodyguard recalls career during new job protecting Thames Water's Walthamstow Wetlands

From travelling the world protecting celebrities and royals to now guarding the water supply for almost for million Londoners at Walthamstow Wetlands – Jacquie Davis has seen it all.

The 59-year-old, who was the UK’s first ever female bodyguard after starting in 1980, has led a varied career working in close protection, in surveillance and hostage rescue...

Rachel Thomson - SACRE BLEU!

New exhibition celebrating Photomonth

An environmentally concerned exhibition of cyanotype photograms from the local canals and  roadsides in East London is opening at Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve as part of Photomonth East London International Photography Festival 2018...

Swift conservation at Walthamstow Wetlands

New swift calling system installed

A new swift calling system was installed at Walthamstow Wetlands in July to attract the much-loved migratory birds to nest in the 24-metre Swift Tower. The swift calling system recently installed at the Wetlands plays high-quality recordings of their song every morning and evening, mimicking the sound of a colony living in the tower...

Summer updates

Summer arrives at Walthamstow Wetlands with a flurry of activity

Walthamstow Wetlands, a space for conservation and contemplation in London, has welcomed summer with a flurry of wildlife activity and visitors enjoying the blue skies and warm weather. From colourful dragonflies and a mass of meadow flowers to beautiful bird song and an array of fledglings, Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve is the perfect place to escape the bustle, enjoy the calm and connect to nature in the city over summer....

NLA Awards 2018

People’s Choice Award win for Walthamstow Wetlands

Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe’s largest urban wetlands nature reserve, has won in the People’s Choice category at the annual New London Architecture Awards (NLA).

Voted by the general public, the Wetlands received an overwhelming number of votes and beat projects including London Bridge Station to claim first place...

Nisha Duggal, Flight

6 July - 30 October 2018

Nisha Duggal, the first artist-in-residence at Walthamstow Wetlands, presents Flight, a mixed-media installation on migration and the primal. Aiming to locate an interconnectedness between culture, creativity and our animal nature, Duggal works across media with an emphasis on the moving image....

NLA Awards 2018

Walthamstow Wetlands shortlisted for two awards

Over 150 projects across 15 categories have been shortlisted for the New London Awards 2018, recognising the very best new and proposed architecture, planning and development in the capital.

Walthamstow Wetlands is a finalist for two New London Awards 2018 including Culture & Community and the Mayor’s Choice...

Swift Awareness Week at Walthamstow Wetlands

Walthamstow Wetlands to celebrate the United Kingdom's first Swift Awareness Week

The United Kingdom's first Swift Awareness Week (UKSAW) will take place between Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd June 2018. To celebrate this special week, Walthamstow Wetlands will be hosting events to help raise awareness of the Common Swift and its plight...

New artist in residence at Walthamstow Wetlands

Fearghus Ó Conchúir begins artist residency as part of Wetlands Contemporary programme

Fearghus Ó Conchúir, an independent choreographer and dance artist, has begun his artist in residency at Walthamstow Wetlands. As part of Wetlands Contemporary, an exciting and innovative arts programme at Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve, Ó Conchúir will engage with the theme of refuge - examining the Wetlands as a site of sanctuary for humans and non-humans and for regular and transient inhabitants...

Spring is in the air

Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve sees an arrival of rare birds and special spring sights

Walthamstow Wetlands is London’s largest wetland nature reserve. Having opened to the wider public for the very first time in 150 years in October last year, the 211 hectare site, including 10 reservoirs, has attracted a large number of nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts from across the capital. With spring in full bloom, Walthamstow Wetlands is a bustle of activity and bird song. Hundreds of birds are busily building their nests and raising their young, the flowers are blossoming and the frogs are spawning – a few reasons why the site is a special home to wildlife both resident and rare....

Conservation update


London Wildlife Trust leads on the conservation of wildlife and nature at Walthamstow Wetlands. Since the Trust’s formation in 1981 it has helped shape the face of London – saving and protecting wildlife sites across the capital. In the month of February, the London Wildlife Trust team of staff and volunteers working at Walthamstow Wetlands turned their attention to a small woodland copse located at the start of the Reservoir 1, 2, 3 path...

New visitor survey

Opportunity for visitor feedback

Walthamstow Wetlands opened to the wider public in October 2017 for the very first time in 150 years! If you have visited the site, it would be great to get feedback on your experience. To take part, please click below.

Little bunting sighting

First sighting at Walthamstow Wetlands

A little bunting has been sighted at Walthamstow Wetlands over recent days. It is the first time the bird has been recorded at Europe's largest urban wetland nature reserve and it is the first time in five years that the bird has been sighted in London. Birders and visitors have been flocking from far and wide to catch a glimpse of this rare sight!

Image credit: Jamie Partridge

Wetlands Contemporary

New art programme launched

Walthamstow Wetlands, Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve has launched an exciting and innovative arts programme, Wetlands Contemporary, which will play an integral part in engaging audiences with nature and science. Wetlands Contemporary will include an artist in residency programme as well as a series of public art exhibitions to be hosted primarily in the Victorian, locally-listed Engine House and occasionally across the entire site itself. Working in dialogue with the natural environment, Wetlands Contemporary will serve people of all ages and interests, and encourage them to use the space for peaceful contemplation. 


Visitor engagement volunteering opportunity

Induction dates now available

We are looking for enthusiastic and welcoming Visitor Engagement Volunteers to support our team. Are you interested in telling our visitors about the  area's history, industrial and cultural heritage, and wildlife? We are running two visitor engagement inductions, please book via Eventbrite for your preferred date - no prior volunteering experience necessary to join.


Heritage Lottery Fund campaign to start

10% discount in shop for National Lottery players

Walthamstow Wetlands will be taking part in the Heritage Lottery Fund #thankstoyou Campaign between Monday 11th December and Friday 15th December. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, the funding we received allowed us to regenerate the Engine House, Coppermill Tower and surrounding area and open Walthamstow Wetlands to the wider public for the very first time in 150 years. Offer now closed.