Designs for a new state-of-the-art wildlife watching hub have been revealed.

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority unveiled the designs for a wildlife and birdwatching hub in the heart of River Lee Country Park, set to open to the public in June 2020.

The project will also incorporate environmental improvements for some of the park’s priority species, including the creation of a Kingfisher nest bank and enhancements to the lake’s existing reedbed which is the natural habitat for Bitterns.

Park bosses expect the venue will become one of the valley’s most popular wildlife spotting sites.

The hub will feature a modernised bird hide, educational information room with access to live nature CCTV and nest box camera footage and a 360-degree viewing tower offering views across Seventy Acres Lake.

Epping Forest Guardian:

A bittern. Photo by: Ken Bentley

The lake is one of the best places in the country to see the wintering Bittern, Common Tern and Kingfisher.

Footpath closures will be introduced from early January 2020, followed by a full area shutdown from February to allow for construction works.