We look forward to welcoming you back but please note that everyone needs to book their visit in advance. We’ve made other changes too and restricted or closed some of our experience. Visit the bookings page for details.

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A world of wildlife awaits at Washington Wetland Centre. With a variety of habitats on offer, there's always a star species on show. Check the latest sightings and find out how to make the most of Washington's wildlife.

Summer at Washington Wetland Centre

Summer migrants return for breeding season and the hustle and bustle begins with avocet and common tern being among the highlights.

Nature reserve

WWT Washington lies on the banks of River Wear between Newcastle and Sunderland and provides an inspirational example of how sound conservation management allows wildlife to thrive.

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Latest sightings

Find out which species have made an appearance with our latest sightings, updated regularly by staff and volunteers.

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Wildlife guide

As the seasons change, so do the wild visitors. Find out what to see when with our Wildlife Guide.

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Viewing wildlife

With four hides looking out over Wader Lake, our spectacular Lagoon View hide overlooking our lagoon and the river Wear, plus Hawthorn Wood feeding station with fantastic woodland birds, you’re spoilt for choice.

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