Experience London’s diverse wildlife

When most people think of London, wildlife is not one of the first things that spring to mind, with urban areas not typically associated with nature. However, if you'd like the chance to see a wide array of plants and animals on your next getaway then you'll be pleased to hear that you don't have to splash out on an African safari, because the British capital is in fact home to a much broader variety of species than you may think.

The obvious place for animal lovers to start when visiting the city is of course London Zoo, which is located in Regent's Park and is considered to be among one of the best establishments of its kind in the world.

However, if seeing animals in enclosures isn't what you had in mind then you'll find lots of other great spots dotted around London where the wildlife roams free.

Among these is the London Wetland Centre, which lies in the west of the city. This 105-acre reserve consists of a series of Victorian reservoirs interspersed by grassy pastures where a huge variety animals have made their home.

Ornithologists will find the place particularly interesting, with many rare bird species living here. Among these are kingfishers, falcon herons, sparrowhawks and more.

Elsewhere, the Camley Street Natural Park is a two-acre reserve right in the heart of London, next to King's Cross St Pancras. Various species of bat can be seen here, along with a range of amphibians and birds.

For more information about the natural side of London, check the London Wildlife Trust's website. This lists a number of locations around the city that the Trust maintains, ensuring habitats remain habitable for a number of species of plants and animals that you wouldn't normally expect to see in a major capital.

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