Places to see birds

London Wetlands Centre in Barnes

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Their website is excellent with daily updates of the current sightings, famous in winter for Bittern (which I have seen but last year), but the gulls and ducks in the winter are fantastic, with comfortable hides and volunteers who are generous with their time and very friendly and helpful - the call them "Guides in a Hide". there are two trails the south and the west walk - both end at different hides, you can get round in half a day or spend the whole day there.

it is a great place to take someone who is interested in birds but not yet sucked in completely to birdwatching.