Otter Antics at WWT London Wetland Centre

“One of the things I love most about living in London is the ability to escape it without having to leave it.”

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The May long weekend, lovely Spring weather and the feeling of restlessness I always feel in between travel adventures, recently motivated me to do exactly that – escape from London without leaving it.

I wanted somewhere I could practise some photography, somewhere I could enjoy a walk amongst nature without the sounds of London traffic disrupting my thoughts, and somewhere I could switch off from the hustle and bustle of city life.

So I headed to the WWT London Wetland Centre.

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The WWT London Wetland Centre is an 105 acre nature reserve that provides an accessible escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Located in south west London, it is reachable by car, a 15 minute walk from Barnes station or a 10 minute bus ride from Hammersmith tube station.

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Over 200 species of birds have been recorded since the centre opened in 2000 and it’s six hides attract both avid and recreational bird watchers.

There are also a number of walkways and bridges that provide the opportunity for a relaxing stroll through the lakes, pools and gardens that are rich in plantation and the wildlife that lives amongst it – including frogs, worms, water voles, dragonflies and more.

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But on this particular visit, I couldn’t resist spending some time with two of the centre’s main attractions – the short clawed Asian otters.

The otters are most active during their feeding times at 11am and 2pm.  Of course this also means you will be sharing this time with other visitors in the park keen to observe the antics of these little creatures.  But don’t let this put you off as most of the ‘recreational’ visitors leave soon after the ‘show is over’ and this is when the otters are at their most playful.

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Photographing these otters is a little challenging as they scoot around their habitat looking for food both in and out of the water.  You will need to increase your shutter speed to capture them in focus.  The majority of these shots were taken at 1/1250 seconds or faster, with an ISO of 640 to compensate for the shady area they were playing in.

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The WWT London Wetland Centre is open every day throughout the year (excluding Christmas Day).  Check out their website for more information to help you plan your day there.

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at www.kellienetherwoodphotography.com

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  1. So cute! Great shots, Kellie. And who’d guess they were taken in London.

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