Wild otters, roe deer and fluffy goslings among half-term attractions at Washington Wetland Centre
Washington Wetland Centre is teeming with wildlife this half-term as it bounces back from lockdown.
The 103-acre site reopened on April 12 and has been given the Good to Go stamp of approval, which means the centre is operating within government guidelines and public health guidance for managing coronavirus risk.
Visitor numbers remain restricted and a booking system is in place for all visitors, including members, essential helpers and children under four.
The centre says it is “the perfect place to begin safely exploring the great outdoors once more, with unforgettable animal encounters, wild wetland walks and stunning scenery to suit all ages and needs”.
PR and marketing executive Leanne McCormella said: “With spring life blooming all around, families visiting this half-term will find themselves in the perfect place to reconnect with nature after a difficult few months.
“They can enjoy wide open spaces bursting with wetland wildlife, including fluffy goslings on our waterways, colourful butterflies and flora emerging in our meadows and wild otters or roe deer using the Saline Lagoon.
“Our newly reopened bird hides also offer stunning close-up views of breeding waders such as avocet and common tern in action, with elaborate courtship rituals, nest building and hatching young on Wader Lake.
"And our resident Asian short-clawed otters and pink Chilean flamingos can be seen throughout the day, as well as our wonderful collection birds, some of which can be fed by hand with corn."
Children under four, carers and members can visit for free but pre-booking is still required. Visit www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/washington for more details including entry prices.