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February half term in a nutshell

February half term in a nutshell

Things to do this Half Term at WWT Washington Wetland Centre Spring may not have sprung just yet… but as part of our Big Hideout at WWT Washington, we have lots of fun activities to entertain the whole family this February half term! So grab your welli

16 February 2024

It's National Nestbox Week!

It's National Nestbox Week!

Nature is a truly wonderful thing, but sometimes it does need a bit of help to thrive. Nestboxes are a great way to help your local wildlife this spring. This #NationalNestboxWeek, why not think about introducing a box to your garden! Britain’s breedin

14 February 2024

Feathered family fun this February half term

Feathered family fun this February half term

WWT Washington Wetland Centre will be hosting a fun-filled festival of bird-themed events for February half-term. We are giving families a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get up close with the UK’s greatest winter wildlife. Taking place from Saturday

31 January 2024

Bring a friend for free to WWT Washington this World Wetlands Day

Bring a friend for free to WWT Washington this World Wetlands Day

Duck the stress this World Wetlands Day and visit WWT Washington Wetland Centre for a moment of calm This World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2024, WWT Washington Wetland Centre wants everyone to duck the stress of modern living and visit their local wetland

24 January 2024

The wonder of webs

The wonder of webs

Bushes laden with vibrant red berries, tracks running through freshly fallen snow, and the swirling dance of jackdaw are all sights we look forward to as winter draws closer. But what if you added spider webs to your list of things to look out for? Blog

17 January 2024

How our animals stay warm in cold weather

How our animals stay warm in cold weather

With the recent cold weather and more forecast, we often get asked how our animals stay warm. There's no real art to keeping our birds and otter family warm; many techniques are down to their own adaptations. But there are some things we do and ways we

10 January 2024

Exploring our wetlands in the rain

Exploring our wetlands in the rain

Have a wild adventure whatever the weather

2 January 2024

New Year's Day wildlife list

New Year's Day wildlife list

New Year's Day has been kicked off nicely with a wildlife count by volunteer Melissa. She found 37 bird species, 11 fungus, 10 flowering plants, 1 mammal (plus tracks of another 5) and 4 invertebrates! Here's her breakdown: Bird species Blue titBlackbir

1 January 2024

Elf Academy brings festive cheer to Northeast children

Elf Academy brings festive cheer to Northeast children

More than 150 children across the Northeast will receive an extra special festive gift this year, thanks to WWT Washington’s Elf Academy graduates. The donated gifts form part of the wetland centre’s Christmas event, which sees children enrolling on

20 December 2023

A winter wonderland inspired by the art of Sir Quentin Blake

A winter wonderland inspired by the art of Sir Quentin Blake

Grab your best bobble hat, pick up a Quentin Blake ‘Drawn to Water’ illustrated guide, and get exploring! While other parts of the natural world hibernate, wetlands come to life as thousands of birds make WWT Washington their home over winter. Y

12 December 2023

Winter photography hints and tips at Washington Wetland Centre

Winter photography hints and tips at Washington Wetland Centre

Compared to other seasons, the winter months bring an entirely different set of opportunities and challenges for the visiting photographer. Find out more from our volunteer photographer Ian Henderson. "Meteorological winter starts on the first day of De

8 December 2023

Planned path works - 29 November 2023

Planned path works - 29 November 2023

Path closure noticeWe have contractors on site on Wednesday 29 November to fix the path between our otter enclosure and Wader Lake. To allow vehicle access, we'll be closing off the path from our domestic duck exhibit down to the otters for the duration o

27 November 2023

Top tips to help spot a wild otter

Top tips to help spot a wild otter

Wild Eurasian otters are notoriously hard to see. Still with a healthy river, connecting saline lagoon and a bit of patience, visitors can be treated to sightings of these fantastic wetland mammals. Winter is a great time of year to try and spot these fa

12 November 2023

Alternative spooky animals

Alternative spooky animals

When you hear the words ‘spooky animals’ your mind probably instantly goes to things like bats, black cats, crows, rats, and toads. These are just some animals that instantly seem spooky and have a long association with the magic and mystical in Briti

1 November 2023

The art in autumn leaves

The art in autumn leaves

Autumn is the time of year we see a dramatic change of colour within nature. But the science behind it is really quite clever...

31 October 2023