image for Talk item typeMeet the Otters at WWT London Wetland Centre

Talk, Tue 14 Jun - Sat 31 Dec 2016

Contact

WWT London Wetland Centre

020 8409 4400

Address

Queen Elizabeth Walk,
Barnes,
London,
SW13 9WT

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Events at this Venue

date event
Tue 14 Jun - Sat 31 Dec Bird Feed With a Warden
Fri 8 Aug - Sat 31 Dec Guided Tour
Tue 14 Jun - Sat 31 Dec Guided Tour
Mon 17 Oct - Sat 28 Jan Meet our LEGO brick animals
Tue 14 Jun - Sat 31 Dec Meet the Otters
Sat 10 Dec Bird watching with a warden

Details

Meet our family of otters – our very own swimming superstars! Watch the otters playing, foraging, feeding, swimming and grooming. You’ll even be able to watch them sleeping in their specially designed holt, although this species of otter is more active during the day than some of the 13 other species found worldwide. Asian short-clawed otters are the smallest otters in the world and live well together in family groups, unlike most other otters which tend to be solitary. They often play games which helps their young to develop hunting skills.

Otters are a good indication of clean water and healthy wetland habitats. As they are usually at the top of the food chain, if there are problems with wetlands the otter population declines. The UK’s native European otter is a conservation success story. Fifty years ago the rivers of the UK suffered from pollution by organo-chlorine pesticides and as a result otters had disappeared from almost all of the country.

However, in the 1970s the government banned harmful chemicals and slowly the health of the rivers improved and the UK otter population flourished. By 2011 there were otters in every county.

Asian short-clawed otters live in marshy areas, such as swamps, pools and rice fields, across Asia. Unfortunately, these appealing wetland creatures are listed as ‘vulnerable’ because of pollution, habitat loss and hunting. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) breeds otters in order to understand more about them to be able to help them in the wild, and to inspire visitors to help protect wetlands and the wildlife that depends on them.

Disabled accessEducation/study areaGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 14 Jun - Sat 31 Dec 2016 11:00 14:00

Prices

Free - normal admission applies

Location

Directions

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Map reference: TQ 226768  Lat: 51.47687 Long: -0.23601

The London Wetland Centre is easily accessible by car, situated less than one mile from the South Circular (A205) at Roehampton and the A4 at Hammersmith.
Buses - from Hammersmith tube - 283, 33, 72, 209; Duck Bus
Main line - Barnes (take 33, 72) or Barnes Bridge (take 209).

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups