World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day

Wetlands are essential to efforts to regulate global climate change. Inland  wetlands  such  as  flood plains, rivers,  lakes  and  swamps  function  like  sponges,  absorbing  and  storing  excess  rainfall and reducing flood surges whilst coastal  wetlands  such  as  salt  marshes, mangroves,  seagrass  beds,  and  coral  reefs   act   like   shock   absorbers, reducing the intensity of waves,   storm surges and tsunamis. Wetlands also regulate the global climate by storing vast amounts of carbon; for example peatlands cover approximately 3% of our planet’s land and store approximately 30% of all land-based carbon – twice the amount than all the world’s forests combined.

With temperatures rising, oceans warming, snow and ice melting and sea levels rising faster than recorded during any previous century, now is more important than ever to conserve and restore wetlands around the world.

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, Walthamstow Wetlands, a Ramsar wetland designated site of international importance, will be hosting a programme of events between Friday 1st February and Sunday 3rd February.

World Wetlands Day Talk and Guided Walk

Friday 1st February, 12 - 1.30pm

Join us on Friday 1st February for a talk all about the value of wetlands and their conservation with Ian Crump, Biodiversity Field Officer at Thames Water.

Duration: Talk - approximately 45 minutes; Guided walk - approximately 45 minutes. Free of charge. Spaces are limited so please register to reserve your place. Talk will take place in the Turbine Room, Engine House, 2 Forest Road N17 9NH.

Wetlands Waking Up Walk

Saturday 2nd February, 7.15 - 9am

Join London Wildlife Trust for an early-morning guided walk at Walthamstow Wetlands. The walk will allow attendees out-of-hours access to Europe's largest urban wetlands to discover the morning movement of birds across the reserve. The walk will be filled with bird song and there will also be an opportunity to hopefully spot some sleepy mammals heading to bed after their nocturnal activity.

Duration: Approximately 105 minutes. Free of charge. Spaces are limited so please register to reserve your place. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Road, N17 9NH.

Walthamstow Wetlands Guided Walk

Saturday 2nd February, 10am; 2pm

Join London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk at Walthamstow Wetlands and learn about the site's special heritage and wildlife. Walthamstow Wetland's history dates back to the mid-19th century when this rural landscape of rivers, marshes and farmland was dramatically transformed by the creation of the reservoirs. The  ten reservoirs, created between 1863 and 1904, have become home to rare and resident wildlife and are now also a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The walk will take you on a journey from the locally-listed Engine House and Heron Island, one of the UK’s largest colonies of breeding heron, to the Roundhouse, a surviving relic of a lost Victorian garden and the Grade II-listed Coppermill Tower. 

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes. There will be two walks - 10am; 2pm. Free of charge. No booking required - drop in. However spaces are limited so first come, first served. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Road, N17 9NH.

World Wetlands Day Practical Conservation

Saturday 2nd February, 10am - 3pm

Get involved in practical conservation at Walthamstow Wetlands! Support London Wildlife Trust's Ranger team managing habitats on the reserve for wildlife as part of World Wetlands Day. You can get involved in learning how to coppice trees, manage scrub, build fences and much more as part of the Trust's volunteer team.

Gloves, tools, tea and biscuits provided. Please bring a packed lunch. Places are limited so please register to reserve your place. Open to over 18s only. Any questions, please contact Nadia nward@wildlondon.org.uk. Meeting place: Engine House, 2 Forest Road, N17 9NH.

Wild Weekend: Wetlands

Sunday 3rd February, 10am-12pm; 1-3pm

Continue the celebration of World Wetlands Day by visiting Walthamstow Wetlands! Create your own Wetlands scene, paint amazing fish and have a go at pond dipping with the London Wildlife Trust. All are welcome to this free event. 

All are welcome to this free event. Children will need to be accompanied.