Visitors to Washington Wetland Centre will be able to see the latest fluffy arrivals and go behind-the-scenes at their specialist duckery this May half-term (Saturday, May 26 –Sunday, June 3).

Daily talks will give visitors a unique insight into the centre’s conservation breeding work, while hearing more about the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s international efforts to save some of the world’s most endangered waterbirds.

Plus, meet tiny ducklings and goslings as they’re held safely in our keepers’ hands!

Talks are drop-in sessions lasting 10-15 minutes each between 1-2pm.

The outdoor nursery will also welcome visitors for a look at what happens when the feathered youngsters are old enough to venture outside.

Open between 12noon and 2pm, the centre’s team will be on hand to talk to visitors about their birds while the ducklings take their first wobbly steps in the fresh air.

Visitors can also have a go at the new Eggs to Legs interactive trail, featuring fun flamingo fancy dress, nest-building and bird ID ring activity (pick up a trail leaflet at admissions throughout the day).

Make a full day of it…

And there’s not just ducks! Discover the fascinating world underwater with help from the centre’s knowledgeable learning team during daily pond dipping sessions.

Join them as they pick up their nets and search for diving beetles, water boatman and many more insects at the Pond Zone. Daily sessions, drop-in between 10.30-11.30am, free with admission.

Or get creative with spring-themed crafts in the Discovery Centre too. Choose from a number of hands-on activities including making your own wooden animal pen pot or painting a colourful caterpillar. Daily from 2-4pm, small charges apply.

Normal admission prices apply throughout Downy Duckling Days week, WWT members go FREE. Save 10% on admissions by booking online here:

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