View of bird hide and tower from the Kingfisher Bank in Seventy Acres Lake

Greater London’s largest park opens state-of-the-art Wildlife Discovery Centre

Release date: 

30 November 2020

Bird watchers, nature lovers and friends and families will be able to get up close to the glorious wildlife and habitats found in the Lee Valley when a brand new Wildlife Discovery Centre opens on Thursday 3 December.

Located just north of the M25 on the Herts and Essex border in Fishers Green at the heart of the stunning River Lee Country Park, the impressive new centre replaces the old Bittern Information Point, which after 30 years, had run the course of its lifespan.


Set overlooking Seventy Acres Lake, the new centre will be one of the best places in the country to see wintering Bittern, a member of the Heron family that returns to overwinter in the valley’s reedbeds, alongside other species including Common Tern, Kingfisher and Dragonflies.


The venue will offer far-reaching, 360 degree views of the surrounding area from a five metre viewing tower where visitors can look out across the mosaic of lakes and countryside. From here they will also observe the bespoke wetland and grassland habitat ‘living’ roofs; which will be abuzz with wildlife throughout the year.

© Lee Valley Regional Park Authority 2020