Work to start on new Wildlife Discovery Centre
Construction work on a new state-of-the-art wildlife and birdwatching hub in River Lee Country gets underway in February 2020.
Due to open its doors this summer, the new Wildlife Discovery Centre at Lee Valley Regional Park Authority’s Fishers Green site in Waltham Abbey, Essex is expected to become one of the most popular wildlife spotting areas in the 26-mile long Lee Valley Regional Park.
The new venue promises to bring people closer to nature, thanks to a viewing tower offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, a ‘living’ roof to attract and sustain wildlife and video cameras providing live footage from reedbeds.
All this means visitors will enjoy an immersive and educational experience as they learn more about this fascinating location, which is one of the best places in Britain see the elusive Bittern. It is also home to a Gull and Tern colony during the summer.
The first phase of the project will see the current Bittern Information Point closed to the public in early February. The hide will remain open during this time.
This will be followed by a 16-week programme of work to construct the new Wildlife Discovery Centre.
From Monday 9 March, some nearby paths will be closed to ensure the safety of the public and the contractors.
The reedbed in front of the hide will also be lowered to make it better and wetter for Bitterns and other wildlife.
These activities are part of a programme to make Fishers Green a gateway to River Lee Country Park by improving the offer to visitors and provide a lasting legacy for future generations.
The new Wildlife Discovery Centre is due to open July 2020.
At a glance – the timetable of planned construction and landscaping works
• Phase one: The closure of the current Bittern Information Point in early February. Please note the hide will remain open).
• Phase two: The start of habitat works and construction of a Kingfisher bank in mid-February
• The closure and demolition of the current Bittern Information Point and construction of the Wildlife Discovery Centre starts in the first week of March
Come back soon for regular updates on this exciting new project.