Spot bustling autumn wildlife without leaving the city

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Spy otters, frogs, newts and birds, including herons, redshanks, and great crested grebes, from six secret viewing hides concealed around the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes.

This collection of specially created wildlife lakes, pools and gardens was recently voted the UK's Favourite Nature Reserve (by readers of Countryfile Magazine).

There are many ways to learn about the 200 species of birds that have been spotted here, and visitors can take free daily walks led by expert guides, and use a heated observatory and 360-degree tower.

To make a proper day of this walk into London’s wildlife, set off by foot from Putney along the Thames Path and take in the sites along the quieter bank of the river.

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A father and son photograph the wildlife at the Barnes Wetlands centreWWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes © visitlondonimages/ britainonview/ Pawel Libera
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Visitors enjoying a day out at the Barnes Wetlands CentreWWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes © visitlondonimages/ britainonview/ Pawel Libera
A father and son taking a walk around the Barnes Wetlands CentreWWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes © visitlondonimages/ britainonview/ Pawel Libera
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