Our flamingos will be out between 10.30am and 3pm throughout the winter. During adverse weather, we may need to pop them away - please call the centre after 9.30am to check they are out before your visit.

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First flamingo chick in 4 years hatches
29 Aug 2019

First flamingo chick in 4 years hatches

A long-awaited Chilean flamingo egg has successfully hatched at WWT Washington Wetland Centre – the first chick to arrive in over four years!...

First flamingo egg for four years laid at WWT Washington
05 Aug 2019

First flamingo egg for four years laid at WWT Washington

A Chilean flamingo egg has been successfully laid at WWT Washington Wetland Centre – the first in over four years...

Friday 12 July - at least partial site closure
11 Jul 2019

Friday 12 July - at least partial site closure

Thursday 11th’s heavy rain has caused some damage to our site. All of our animals and staff are okay, but we need to focus on making everything safe...

Record avocet numbers
30 Apr 2019

Record avocet numbers

WWT Washington have recorded their highest ever number of avocet on site so far this year...

New times for daily animal talks
12 Feb 2019

New times for daily animal talks

Our daily Chilean flamingo talks begin again on Saturday 16 February and, along with our daily commentated otter feeds, will now be held at a slightly different timeWe originally withdrew them last year while the flamingo house underwent a major revamp - ...

Wader Lake essential works - Jan 2019
15 Jan 2019

Wader Lake essential works - Jan 2019

 WWT Washington's reserve team will be carrying out some essential maintenance on Wader Lake this week (Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 January 2019).  The dedicated team of staff and volunteers at WWT Washington will be renewing and enhancing the existing...

Splashing family fun this February half-term
21 Dec 2018

Splashing family fun this February half-term

Grab your wellies and join us outdoors as we host our 2019 Puddle Jumping Championships this coming February half-term – guaranteed fun whatever the North East weather! Warm up in our puddle jumping practice zone before challenging your family and frien...

Join us for a wild winter adventure
30 Nov 2018

Join us for a wild winter adventure

We’re here for you and for wildlife 364 days a year including all throughout the holidays*, so don’t let a little thing like the weather put you off spending time in the great outdoors! Not all wildlife sleeps during the winter, so fling on a coat, pu...

Washington warden joins international effort to save swan species
04 Sep 2018

Washington warden joins international effort to save swan species

Catching and ringing Bewick’s swans on the Russian tundra is no normal business trip. The birds are truly wild and as such favour the remote. Our reserve warden David Dinsley spent two weeks alongside these iconic birds in August as part of Expedition B...

Essential work on Wader Lake in September
03 Sep 2018

Essential work on Wader Lake in September

After another breeding season on Wader Lake, it's time to get the area in top condition for the arrival of autumn and winter wading birds. This September, our reserve management team along with a group of dedicated volunteers will be doing some work to ...

Wish us luck as you wave us goodbye
17 Aug 2018

Wish us luck as you wave us goodbye

[caption id="attachment_81304" align="alignright" width="312"] WWT Washington's Asian short-clawed otter family (image by Ian Henderson)[/caption] Lots of our visitors will be aware that our family of Asian short-clawed otters are part of a global species...

Kestrel thriving after 10 year hiatus
15 Jul 2018

Kestrel thriving after 10 year hiatus

  [caption id="attachment_80449" align="alignleft" width="375"] Kestrel juveniles by Ian Hamilton[/caption] Kestrel are thriving at Washington Wetland Centre for the first time in more than a decade, thanks to funding to improve key meadow habitat. T...

Solar-powered flamingo house nears completion
04 Jul 2018

Solar-powered flamingo house nears completion

Remember back in autumn 2017 when we made a bid to the Marks and Spencer Energy Fund to install solar panels to our flamingo house? And after a huge wave of support following an online campaign (which saw local landmark Penshaw Monument turn pink!) we onl...

Join us for a summer of wild adventure
21 Jun 2018

Join us for a summer of wild adventure

Dusty Duck is back for another adventure-packed summer of outdoor fun with Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers at WWT Washington Wetland Centre. Children can grab their FREE Wildlife Ranger logbook on arrival throughout the holidays and take on loads of exciting c...

Future architects create homes for wildlife
14 May 2018

Future architects create homes for wildlife

Students from Newcastle University have worked alongside our staff to create exciting new habitats for the wildlife we protect on site. The third year Architecture degree students have collectively produced an experimental nature trail as an invitation fo...