Walthamstow Weltands by Rachel Smith

Walthamstow Wetlands Newsletter 4 / April 2017

Hello and welcome to the fourth edition of the Walthamstow Wetlands Newsletter.

We are sending out our newsletter just as it feels that Spring has finally arrived! It is a wonderful time of year to visit the site as it is alive with birdsong, new buds and frenetic nest building activity.

Over winter our building contractors Rooff have continued to transform the Engine House into the new visitor centre. The building works and swift tower are now complete and the scaffolding is starting to be taken down. We are eagerly awaiting the swifts’ return to the site to gauge their reaction to their new luxury homes!

The refurbishment inside the Engine House is well underway and looks fantastic. Work has now started on the viewing platform in the Coppermill Tower and the final new entrance at Coppermill Lane.

Due to the building works we have had to temporarily suspend the guided tours on the site. These are now being reinstated starting with a bird tour on Sunday 30th April – this tour is now fully booked, but we have more walks in May and June.

With reduced visitor access to the site, the community engagement team has been focusing on our outreach work with schools. If you are connected to a local school please get in touch as we would love to come and talk with your teachers about the educational opportunities that will be offered at Walthamstow Wetlands when it opens in September 2017.

We have also been attending school assemblies, talking to children about the wildlife on-site and launching our new art competition.  Please contact Rachel at walthamstow@wildlondon.org.uk for more information about our education taster programme.

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