Hawthorn Wood will be closed for essential maintenance on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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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

A baby boom brings wading chicks to the shores of Wader Lake; Hawthorn Wood is busy with feeding finches and woodpeckers and wildflowers including bee and Northern Marsh orchids blossom.

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

We have a variety of fantastic viewing points for you to spot wildlife. They look out onto the river Wear, saline lagoon, amphibian ponds, meadows and The Lookout - our new woodland bird viewing station.

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