The east side of our site will be closed as we carry out essential erosion works at Window on the Wear, including installing riverbank defences. This work starts on Monday 13 January for approx 3 weeks.



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.

Winter at Washington Wetland Centre

Nature is on the move and over-wintering migrants such as black-tailed godwit, greenshank and curlew fill the skies.

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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