A POND zone has opened with a splash.
The interactive exhibition brings an underwater world of secret creatures to life at the Washington Wetland Centre.
Pupils from St Cuthbert’s RCVA Primary School in Seaham were on hand to carry out the first pond dip.
The exhibit features a hi-tech underwater camera which will allow visitors to see creatures like the diving beetle and pond skaters.
Last year, WWT ran a report highlighting the concerns people have over how much water we use.
The “Work Your Butt” survey suggested that we were willing to use water in a way that is more environmentally friendly.
Joanne Newbury, teaching manager at the Washington Centre, said: “This is real ‘nature in action’ stuff and is the closest our visitors have ever been able to get to pond creatures.
“These fantastic new facilities are going to be of huge benefit, both in terms of education and boosting the visitor experience.”
The new Pondzone cost £50,000 and was funded by a number of North-East charities including The Sir James Knotts Trust.