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Say hello to new life this spring

Posted on 13th March 2014 by WWT Washington

After one of the mildest winters on record; days are getting longer, buds are bursting into bloom and across our wetlands, woodlands and nature reserve, new life is starting to stir. Spring is a picture-perfect time of [...]

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Cygnets hatch in spring sunshine

Posted on 10th March 2014 by WWT Washington

Two black swan cygnets have hatched overnight in Close Encounters. The fluffy siblings are already out on the water and have been spotted learning to clean and preen themselves by mimicking their parents

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Hide disturbance (19 March

Posted on 9th March 2014 by WWT Washington

There will be some disturbance at Hawthorn Wood hide on Wednesday 19 March, as our reserve warden and a team of volunteers tidy up and improve the bird feeding station outside. We apologise for any inconvenience that this[...]

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Spring has sprung (images

Posted on 4th March 2014 by WWT Washington

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Avocet on Wader Lake

Posted on 24th February 2014 by WWT Washington

The first avocet of the season arrived on Wader Lake on Sunday 23 February, a whole week earlier than the previous site record of 2 March (in 2012). Avocets have bred at WWT Washington since 2006 and last year, four &#[...]

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News from the heron hedge

Posted on 13th February 2014 by WWT Washington

With at least three birds starting to sit tight on eggs this week, our grey heron colony – one of the UK’s largest - will be one of our reserve’s biggest highlights over the coming weeks. Up to 16 adults[...]

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Wildlife reserve update

Posted on 5th February 2014 by WWT Washington

The grey heron colony has begun its annual return to Wader Lake, with 12 birds spotted showing nesting behaviour in the heron hedge during the first week of February. These majestic waders typically fledge chicks by May, [...]

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High tide spectacle at saline lagoon

Posted on 29th January 2014 by WWT Washington

The latest from the saline lagoon…on Friday 31 January we will experience one of the highest tides of 2014 as the River Wear floods into our newest habitat. Exciting, yes, but even more so because it will happen [...]

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Centre shortlisted for top tourism accolade

Posted on 16th October 2013 by WWT Washington

Staff and volunteers at WWT Washington Wetland Centre are thrilled to announce that we’ve reached the finals of the North East England Tourism Awards for the third year in a row. Our centre has been shortlisted in [...]

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Flamingo update

Posted on 8th October 2013 by WWT Washington

WWT Washington’s Chilean flamingos chicks (or ‘flamingilings’, as they’re affectionately known) have finished hatching and we now have 25 in total! That’s a whole lot of flamingo to hand-rear[...]

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