Each season brings its star species and spectacles to Washington Wetland Centre
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Ancient Spring Gill Wood is carpeted with bluebells and primroses. Grey herons perform elaborate courtship dances and nest-build in the heronry, as lapwings start breeding on Wader Meadow and the regionally rare avocet sits tight on eggs.
Star species: grey heron, common frog, lapwing, avocet, spring flora.
Spend time in Wader Lake hides, observing species including avocet, grey heron and lapwing preparing to breed.
See violet-hued bluebells in Spring Gill Wood and the happy yellows of marsh marigold and gorse around site.
Spot frogspawn in our amphibian ponds, a short stroll along the river footpath from Wader Lake.
Spring is a great time to explore our wetlands - find out what key seasonal highlights to look out for.Find out more