Is this the Boldon Nessie? Flood waters have turned education centre into swamp

The Woodland Dragon has turned into a Sea Monster at West Boldon Lodge.
The Woodland Dragon has turned into a Sea Monster at West Boldon Lodge.
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A South Tyneside educational centre has experienced its worst flooding in 18 years of operation.

West Boldon Lodge environmental education centre has seen the recent heavy rains create a swamp-like environment across the 13 hectare site.

Much of the centre, which consists of woodland, wet meadow, dry meadow, two small ponds and a lake, is now under water.

Readers have also sent in pictures of the site’s woodland dragon, called Mitchell, which was built by volunteers last year, showing how it is now submerged in flood water.

John Allom, communities project officer, said: “We have concerns about the impact on wildlife that normally hibernates or shelters over winter.

“We are still operating as normal.

“A little bit of rain would never stop us and the lodge itself is in no danger of flooding. On the plus side, the water has attracted a new species to the site. Yesterday we saw a cormorant swimming on the flooded meadow – the first time one has ever been spotted on site.”