Our centre is now open - please be aware when planning your visit that part of our site remains closed for now. There will be no otter or flamingo talks and we are currently unable to allow any feeding of our birds - read more and plan your visit here.

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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.

Winter at Washington Wetland Centre

Teal and redshank numbers grow, while our curlew roost peaks in deepest winter. See woodland birds flit and feed from cosy hides or enjoy a seasonal walk

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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