London Wildlife Festival

London Wildlife FestivalLondon Wildlife Festival

A new festival celebrating London's wonderful wildlife!

Over the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August 2019, London will enjoy its first major wildlife festival, celebrating nature and wildlife in the capital.  

The London Wildlife Festival will take place at Walthamstow Wetlands, an amazing 211 hectare nature reserve in north east London, and Europe’s largest urban wetland.

London is the greenest major city in Europe and the third greenest city of its size in the world, and will become a National Park City in 2019. With a population of 8.7 million, London is a city full of nature lovers. We want to celebrate not just London’s nature and wildlife, but the wildlife of Britain and the wider world, and we want you to join us.

The London Wildlife Festival is a new and exciting urban experience, coordinated by London Wildlife Trust, London Borough of Waltham Forest and David Lindo, the Urban Birder.

Walthamstow Wetlands

Walthamstow Wetlands Engine House visitor centreCreated around ten freshwater reservoirs, the Wetlands blend Victorian architecture with wildlife-rich expanses of water and wildlife habitats. Walthamstow Wetlands is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It also forms part of the Lee Valley Special Protection Area and is on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

Each day, these reservoirs, managed by Thames Water, supply 500 million litres of water to 3.5 million people across London. The reservoirs are as important to London as they are to the many wildlife species that can be seen here.

Walthamstow Wetlands is easily accessible from central London. The Wetlands are a short walk from Blackhorse Road station (Victoria line and Overground) and Tottenham Hale station (Victoria line) and there are bus routes throughout the area. Limited parking is available.

Inspired by nature

  • David Lindo the Urban BirderFeaturing a cutting-edge portfolio of events and activities, the London Wildlife Festival will offer something for everyone, from experienced birders to those intrigued to learn more about the nature around them.
  • There will be lively talks and debates. Keynote speakers will include celebrated personalities as well as high profile academics, citizen scientists and conservation experts.
  • Art, music and literature inspired by nature will be on display whilst educational multi-media exhibitions, live performances, film screenings and literary events will be taking place across the site.
  • Exhibitor stands will showcase the latest wildlife survey technologies and products with leading experts on hand to offer advice on tourism, ID methods and the latest optical equipment.

An audience of nature lovers

The entrance to Walthamstow WetlandsThere are more than 300,000 people living within 4km of Walthamstow Wetlands, and an audience of millions across London.

In the first year of opening, the nature reserve has already welcomed more than 415,000 people through its gates, breaking all expectations and demonstrating a remarkable public thirst for nature and wildlife. 


The London Wildlife Festival has space for exhibitor stands and sponsorship opportunities, reaching a fresh audience of nature and wildlife fans. For more information, see our brochure.

London Wildlife Festival brochure November 2018


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