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Educational Visits UK

ISSUE 5 | MAY 2010

Latest news from WWT Washington Wetland Centre

WWT Washington

Whatever the season, come rain or shine – WWT Washington Wetland Centre is the perfect place to connect with nature.

Every season is a new experience and summer is a great time for children to explore the natural world through our exciting, hands-on activities and award-winning school programmes.

The breeding season is now upon us and up at Waterfowl Nursery our endangered waterbirds are hatching fluffy ducklings, goslings and cygnets, which are cared for by our expert wardens.

Out on the wildlife reserve, baby lapwing and common tern are playing happily on the shoreline at Wader Lake and young grey herons are gathering at the water’s edge after fledging from their tree top nests.

June is the perfect time for a wander around our beautiful wildflower meadows. Bee orchid, yellow rattle and bird’s foot trefoil bloom on Top Meadow, while the summer trail through White Meadow leads you past ox-eye daisy and yellow bartsia, usually only found in Southern England.

School groups can enjoy lively, National Curriculum-linked activities during their visit or let our expert staff tailor a programme to their needs. Themes include pond dipping, mini-beast safaris, natural crafts, den-building, adaptations and life cycles.

Teachers receive a free pre-visit. Please call education officer Joanne Newbury on 0191 419 5933 or email for further details.

Looking for somewhere to take your own family this summer? Upcoming special events include:

Downy Duckling Days - Saturday 29 May-Sunday 6 June, then weekends till 25 July

Meet live chicks at Waterfowl Nursery and see tiny fluffy ducklings take their first wobbly steps.

Visit the breeding aviary, where our rarest birds are raising their babies and learn about WWT's conservation breeding programmes, which have saved some of the world's most endangered waterbirds.

Duckery talks are held at 11am and 2pm every day during half-term week (29 May-6 June) and then every weekend until 24/25 July. No need to book and cost is included in admission

Animal Magic - Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 June

Meet all creatures great and small at our fun-packed family event!

See fluffy ducklings at Waterfowl Nursery - talks held 11am and 2pm.

Get up close to beautiful birds of prey with expert Ben Potter.
Meet weird and wonderful animals with Zoo Educator Terry Bowes.

Enjoy a mini pony and trap ride with Smurf.
Take part in storytelling walks with storyteller Adam Bushnell.

Watch Prima School of Dance perform to animal-themed songs.

Have an energetic bounce on the bouncy castle.
Plus workshops and craft activities with the WWT Washington education team (small costs apply).

Contact the centre on 0191 4165454 or for further information.


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