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WWT London Wetlands Centre
WWT LONDON WETLAND CENTRE is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in the Barnes area of the London
London
Borough of Richmond upon Thames , southwest London
London
, England
England
, by Barn Elms . The site is formed of four disused Victorian reservoirs tucked into a loop in the Thames. The centre first opened in 2000, and in 2002 an area of 29.9 hectares was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as the Barn Elms Wetland Centre. The centre occupies more than 100 acres (40 hectares) of land which was formerly occupied by several small reservoirs. These were converted into a wide range of wetland features and habitats before the centre opened in May 2000. It was the first urban project of its kind in the United Kingdom
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Site Of Special Scientific Interest
A SITE OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST (SSSI) in Great Britain or an AREA OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST (ASSI) in the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland is a conservation designation denoting a protected area in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man. SSSI/ASSIs are the basic building block of site-based nature conservation legislation and most other legal nature/geological conservation designations in the United Kingdom are based upon them, including national nature reserves , Ramsar sites , Special Protection Areas , and Special Areas of Conservation . The acronym "SSSI" is often pronounced "triple-S I"
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List Of Sites Of Special Scientific Interest By Area Of Search
The following is a LIST OF SITES OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST (SSSI) BY AREA OF SEARCH , in the United Kingdom . SSSIs are areas of conservation , consisting of protected areas , recognised for their biological or geological significance. In Northern Ireland an SSSI is called an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI). The English counties were revised under the 1974 reorganisation of local government. Until the 2010s, Natural England , which maintains the database of English SSSIs, kept the listing of counties as it was in 1974, but by 2015 they had updated their lists to reflect later changes. For example, Avon was abolished in 1996 and is now divided by Natural England between Somerset, Gloucestershire and the "County of Bristol "; Hereford and Worcester was abolished in 1998 and divided into the two historic counties
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Greater London
LONDON, or GREATER LONDON, is a county and region of England which forms the administrative boundaries of London . It is organised into 33 local government districts : the 32 London boroughs (which makes up the ceremonial county of Greater London) and the City of London (which is a separate county but still part of the region). The Greater London Authority , based in Southwark , is responsible for strategic local government across the region and consists of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly . The county of Greater London was created on 1 April 1965 through the London Government Act 1963 . Administratively, Greater London was first established as a _sui generis _ council area under the Greater London Council between 1963 and 1986. The area was re-established as a region in 1994, and the Greater London Authority formed in 2000
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Grid Reference
GRID REFERENCES define locations on maps using Cartesian coordinates . Grid lines on maps define the coordinate system , and are numbered to provide a unique reference to features. Grid systems vary, but the most common is a square grid with grid lines intersecting each other at right angles and numbered sequentially from the origin at the bottom left of the map. The grid numbers on the east-west (horizontal) axis are called Eastings, and the grid numbers on the north-south (vertical) axis are called Northings. Numerical grid references consist of an even number of digits. Eastings are written before Northings. Thus in a 6 digit grid reference 123456, the Easting component is 123 and the Northing component is 456. Grids may be arbitrary, or can be based on specific distances, for example some maps use a one-kilometre square grid spacing. A grid reference locates a unique square region on the map
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Wetland
A WETLAND is a land area that is saturated with water , either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem . The primary factor that distinguishes wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic vegetation of aquatic plants , adapted to the unique hydric soil . Wetlands play a number of roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability. Wetlands are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life. Wetlands occur naturally on every continent except Antarctica , the largest including the Amazon River basin , the West Siberian Plain , and the Pantanal in South America. The water found in wetlands can be freshwater , brackish , or saltwater
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Wildfowl And Wetlands Trust
The WILDFOWL habitat design and management; visitor centre planning and design; and wetland treatment systems. ORGANISATIONThe Trust is a registered charity in England and Scotland. As of December 2012 , the Trust's chief executive is Martin Spray . In December 2012, he was appointed CBE . SEE ALSO * Wetlands portal * Conservation in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
* List of Conservation topics * Malcolm Ogilvie * Ramsar Convention * Wetlands International REFERENCES * ^ "Royal support for drains that "work with nature"". Latest from WWT. WWT. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2016. * ^ Black, Jeffrey M.; Duvall, Fern; Hoshide, Howard; Medeiros, John; Hodges, Cathleen Natividad; Santos, Nelson; Telfer, Tom (1991). "The current status of the Hawaiian Goose Branta sandvicensis and its recovery programme". Wildfowl. 42 (42): 149–154. * ^ Charity Commission
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Barnes, London
BARNES is a district in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames . It is located in the extreme northeast of the borough (and as such is the closest part of the borough to central London). It is centred 5.3 miles (8.5 km) west south-west of Charing Cross in a bend of the River Thames . Its built environment includes a wide variety of convenience and arts shopping on its high street and a high proportion of 18th and 19th century buildings in the streets near Barnes Pond, which together make up Barnes Village conservation area where along with its west riverside, pictured, most of the mid-19th century properties are concentrated
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London Borough Of Richmond Upon Thames
71.4% White British 2.5% White Irish 0.1% White Gypsy or Irish Traveller 11.9% Other White 0.7% White & Black Caribbean 0.4% White & Black African 1.5% White ">(help ·info )) in south-west London , England , forms part of Outer London and is the only London borough on both sides of the River Thames . It was created in 1965 when three smaller council areas amalgamated under the London Government Act 1963 . It is governed by Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council . The borough is home to the National Physical Laboratory and the attractions of Kew Gardens , Hampton Court Palace , Twickenham Stadium and the WWT London Wetlands Centre that draw domestic and international tourism
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London
LONDON /ˈlʌndən/ ( listen ) is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom . Standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain , London has been a major settlement for two millennia. It was founded by the Romans , who named it _ Londinium _. London's ancient core, the City of London
City of London
, largely retains its 1.12-square-mile (2.9 km2) medieval boundaries. Since at least the 19th century, "London" has also referred to the metropolis around this core, historically split between Middlesex , Essex , Surrey , Kent , and Hertfordshire , which today largely makes up Greater London
Greater London
, a region governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly
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England
ENGLAND is a country that is part of the United Kingdom . It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west. The Irish Sea lies northwest of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain (which lies in the North Atlantic ) in its centre and south; and includes over 100 smaller islands such as the Isles of Scilly , and the Isle of Wight . The area now called England was first inhabited by modern humans during the Upper Palaeolithic period, but takes its name from the Angles , one of the Germanic tribes who settled during the 5th and 6th centuries
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Barn Elms
BARN ELMS is an open space in Barnes in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames . It is located on the northerly loop of the River Thames
River Thames
between Barnes and Fulham . The WWT London Wetland Centre (105 acres of what were once reservoirs) lies to the north of the open space, now largely given over to sporting venues. The site is split in two: the Barn Elms Playing Fields (managed by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames) and the Barn Elms
Barn Elms
Sports Centre (managed by the London Borough of Wandsworth ) which includes a boathouse as well as a sports centre. Beverley Brook flows across the southern part of the open space, joining the Thames almost opposite Craven Cottage
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Urban Area
An URBAN AREA is a human settlement with high population density and infrastructure of built environment . Urban areas are created through urbanization and are categorized by urban morphology as cities , towns , conurbations or suburbs . In urbanism , the term contrasts to rural areas such as villages and hamlets and in urban sociology or urban anthropology it contrasts with natural environment . The creation of early predecessors of urban areas during the urban revolution led to the creation of human civilization with modern urban planning , which along with other human activities such as exploitation of natural resources leads to human impact on the environment . The world's urban population in 1950 of just 746 million has increased to 3.9 billion in the decades since. In 2009, the number of people living in urban areas (3.42 billion) surpassed the number living in rural areas (3.41 billion) and since then the world has become more urban than rural
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United Kingdom
The UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND, commonly known as the UNITED KINGDOM (UK) or BRITAIN, is a sovereign country in western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland , the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
includes the island of Great Britain
Great Britain
, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland
Ireland
and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
is the only part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland
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Gadwall
Anas strepera The GADWALL ( Mareca strepera) is a common and widespread dabbling duck in the family Anatidae
Anatidae
. CONTENTS * 1 Taxonomy * 2 Description * 3 Distribution * 4 Behaviour * 5 Conservation * 6 Gallery * 7 References * 8 Literature cited * 9 External links TAXONOMYThe gadwall was first described by Linnaeus in 1758 in his Systema naturae . DNA
DNA
studies have shown that it is a sister species with the falcated duck , and that these two are closely related to the wigeons . There two subspecies: * M. s. strepera, described by Linnaeus, is the nominate subspecies. * M. s. couesi, COUES\\'S GADWALL , extinct circa 1874, was formerly found on Teraina
Teraina
, a coral atoll in the Pacific
Pacific
Ocean. The specific name strepera is Late Latin for "noisy". The etymology of the word gadwall is not known, but the name has been in use since 1666
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Northern Shoveler
Anas clypeata (but see text) The NORTHERN SHOVELER (/ˈʃʌvələr/ ; Spatula clypeata), or NORTHERN SHOVELLER in British English
British English
, sometimes known simply as the SHOVELER, is a common and widespread duck . It breeds in northern areas of Europe