The center was first opened in 2000, and in 2002 an area of 30 hectares was designated as a special scientific center.
The centre covers more than 300,000 square meters of land that has been converted into a wide variety of salty and habitats. It was the first urban project of its kind in the UK.
Many wild birds which made their home in the centre, and cannot be found anywhere else in London. These include the Eurasian bittern, northern pintail, northern lapwing, water rail, rose-ringed parakeet, Eurasian sparrowhawk, sand martin, common kingfisher, little grebe and great crested grebe.
The centre hosts regular lectures and events related to the preservation of the animals in Britain, and named one of the “Seven Wonders of nature" in 2005 by the BBC’s edition on wonders of nature.
There is also a large visitors’ building that is used as a wedding venue.