Bird watchers and nature lovers can get up close to glorious wildlife and habitats found in the Lee Valley with the opening of a wildlife centre.

The Wildlife Discovery Centre, which opens on Thursday, is at the heart of the River Lee Country Park.

The new centre replaces the old Bittern Information Point, which after 30 years, had run the course of its lifespan.

Set overlooking Seventy Acres Lake, the new centre will be one of the best places in the country to see wintering Bittern, a member of the Heron family that returns to overwinter in the valley’s reedbeds, alongside other species including Common Tern, Kingfisher and Dragonflies.

The venue will offer a 360 degree views of the surrounding area from a five metre viewing tower where visitors can look out across the mosaic of lakes and countryside.

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 is free to visit and will be open from 10am to 4pm seven days a week.

Pre-booking is required via

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