Get close to rare and exotic birds, mammals and different wetland habitats. Walk with a warden, bug hunt or tour the duckery. You’ll also see colourful flamingos and the rarest goose in the world!
What to see and when at WWT Washington Wetland Centre…
A baby boom brings wading chicks to the shores of Wader Lake; Hawthorn Wood is busy with feeding finches and woodpeckers and wildflowers including bee and Northern Marsh orchids blossom.
Wader Lake forms part of WWT Washington’s wildlife reserve and is flanked by four bird hides, each with its own unique view of the lake and the many different species that live there depending on the time of year.
The region’s largest nesting colony of grey heron can be observed nest-building from February onwards and wild lapwing breed on Wader Meadow in the spring.
In the summer, wading chicks – including avocet – play in the mudflats along with young common tern, and winter brings more than 1,000 curlew flying in to roost at dusk.
Other species of note include redshank, oystercatcher, teal and common snipe.
Be sure to ask at admissions for the latest sightings when you visit.
Hawthorn Wood feeding station
The feeding station at Hawthorn Wood is a magical place, with unrivalled close-up views of colourful woodland birds.
Species including bullfinch, long-tailed tit, great-spotted woodpecker and treecreeper are all regulars, along with a host of others.
The best time of year to see them is during the winter months, when the cold weather sends them flocking to the fat balls and nut feeders in huge numbers. Bullfinches in particular have been known to queue up on the frosty branches waiting their turn!
The hide overlooking the feeding station is fully accessible and with its large windows and detailed ID charts, is an ideal place for wildlife watching beginners.
The majority of trips return from destination between 16:30 and 17:30. The driver will inform you of the exact time on the day, dependant on outward travel times. Whilst we do not guarantee a W/C on board most of our excursion fleet do have toilet facilities. For your comfort we allocate seating at time of boking, however reserve the right to alter or amend your seat allocation for utilisation purposes; If you have a seating preference please make a note in the booking section when placing your order and we will try to accommodate. Once you have booked with us you will be emailed with a travel ticket containing seat numbers, this will be sent within 24 hours of placing the booking, if after this time you have not received your travel ticket please email email@example.com for confirmation.
Our Pick-ups are as follows:
We reserve the right to alter, amend or add in additional pick up points within reason.
|Kings Road- 09:55 +£0.00*|
|Knaresborough Road- 09:50 +£0.00*|
|Wetherby- 09:20 +£0.00*|
|Knaresborough- 09:40 +£0.00*|
|Starbeck- 09:45 +£0.00*|
|Harrogate- 10:00 +£0.00*|