The London Wildlife Trust has announced that Camley Street Natural Park will undergo a renovation, which will conclude in a new visitor centre and learning hub.
The building work for the new centre at the urban nature reserve situated near Kings Cross will start next year, with an opening date expected in 2019.
The learning hub
The new learning centre will provide facilities for schools to take part in activities throughout the year.
The centre will include a multi-purpose learning space and education studio, with webcams revealing birds rearing their young in nearby nest boxes, as well as underwater life of the nearby canal.
The nature reserve is only small but hosts an array of wildlife which pupils are encouraged to learn about. The centre will teach children about the species of animal and insect which live in both natural spaces and urban areas.
Wildlife that can be seen in the reserve include kingfisher, reed warbler, newts and frogs, and bats during the night, as well as moths and other insects.
More about Camley Street Natural Park
Camley Street Natural Park runs alongside the Regents Canal and supports a range of habitats including woodland, grassland, ponds and reedbeds.
The development comes after a grant was given to the London Wildlife Trust by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Gordon Scorer, chief executive of London Wildlife Trust, said: “The creation of Camley Street Natural Park was a cutting-edge concept in the early 1980s, making space for wildlife and people in the heart of a crowded city.
“We thank HLF for supporting the Trust as we work towards creating this important new visitor and learning hub, a place that will enlighten, educate and inspire for many decades to come.”
For more information, visit www.wildlondon.org.uk.