Join ZSL in a virtual reality journey beneath the surface of the Thames. Located beside No.1 London Bridge on the Queen’s Walk riverpath, ZSL’s virtual reality portal by the Thames will take you on a thrilling journey below the surface of London’s great river. As you ‘swim’ along you’ll join ZSL’s conservation team in discovering incredible wildlife that lives below the surface. Challenge your friends and family to see who can discover the most species and keep an eye out for some surprises along the way! ZSL is a conservation charity, working in the Thames and around the world to stop wild animals going extinct. This virtual reality experience is part of ZSL’s celebration of the river through our Mother Thames campaign. ZSL believe that the River Thames is London’s wildlife secret. Porpoises, seals and seahorses live in the Thames along with eels and smelt (the fish that smells like cucumber). Many of these amazing animals are born and raised in the river, or Mother Thames as we like to call her. What may look like murky water is a river thriving with life, and ZSL is working to ensure it stays that way. Together with partners and volunteers we’re making great progress – from being declared biologically dead in the 1950s, the River Thames is now a hub of life thanks to dedicated conservation efforts. The Thames needs all of us to ensure a future for its wildlife. Join ZSL’s #MotherThames campaign as they celebrate the secret wildlife in the capital city and work with them to protect it. This experience is free and open to all. As a charity, ZSL rely on donations for our wildlife-saving work. If you would like to support ZSL there is a contactless card donation point at the experience, and all donations are greatly appreciated! Part of Totally Thames 2019.
The MGAU has landed in London Bridge. Look out on the streets of London Bridge for the Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit (MGAU), a giant gull shaped artwork by award winning international artist Mark Dion. Seagulls are now very much part of the River Thames’ landscape and MGAU importantly celebrates the unloved Gull. Visit the Unit to find out about their behaviour, calls and mating habits. Pick up an illustrated ‘Field Guide’ designed by the artist, find out information about what’s going on in the London Bridge area or enter our Summer drawing competition. Come and visit MGAU in these locations 11am – 7pm: Monday 16 and Tuesday 17; Melior Place Wednesday 18 – Friday 20; Holyrood Street by Gibbon’s Rent Saturday 21 and Sunday 22; King’s College London – Guy’s Campus, Memorial Gardens Monday 23 – Saturday 28; Potters Fields – beside Tower Bridge (11.30pm start) Mark Dion has exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Modern. For more information visit https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/mark-dion-2789 and http://www.folkestoneartworks.co.uk/artists/mark-dion/ Mark Dion’s Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2008, now part of Folkestone Artworks. Supported by Potters Fields Management Trust, Ugly Duck, London Bridge Station , Southwark Council, King’s College London and presented by Team London Bridge. Photography by Simon Lamrock