WWT Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre
WWT Through The Seasons
In spring, bluebells bloom in Spring Gill Wood, as rare nenes begin nest-building and wild lapwing breed on Wader Meadow. See the largest nesting colony of grey herons in the region display in the tree tops at Wader Lake.
Babies abound in the hazy days of summer, when the insect ponds hum with life and butterflies bask in the peaceful wildflower meadows. Watch wading chicks and young common tern playing on the shoreline or marvel as fluffy ducklings hatch at Waterfowl Nursery.
Bats mate and jays hurriedly bury acorns as autumn creeps in. Waders migrating south stop for fuel on Wader Lake, while other birds are going into their best breeding plumage - changing colour with the leaves.
In winter, hundreds of curlew fly in at dusk to roost alongside redshank. Find bullfinches and great-spotted woodpeckers perching on frosty branches in Hawthorn Wood. Water birds are showing off with displays and courtship rituals.
- The chance to get nose to beak with endangered waterbirds at Close Encounters, many of which will eat corn from an outstretched hand.
- Our Asian short-clawed otters Musa and Mimi are two of our most popular residents, entertaining visitors of all ages with their outgoingnature and playful antics.
- Fluffy ducklings taking their first wobbly steps at Waterfowl Nursery (May-July).
- Our breeding colony of pink Chilean flamingos.
WWT Washington Walkabout Guides are on sale in the gift shop, with details of various routes around our grounds. We recommend around three hours for a typical visit.
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