Washington Wetland Centre

Region

Europe

Country

UK

Flyway

East Atlantic flyway

Initiative

WLI Europe

About

Washington Wetland Centre

Funding support: WWT

Number of staff: 21

Number of visitors per year: 66,000

Overall aims of the centre:

AS A VISITOR CENTRE :

WWT Washington is a riverside oasis in the urban sprawl where you can get up close to the wild world and become part of an inspiring north eastern community.

Description of the centre

The site is 105 acres, mixed woodland, reed- bed, saline lagoon, still ponds, small flowing gill, wet grassland, wildflower meadows, amenity grassland, semi-natural and ancient woodland ( broadleaved ) hawthorn scrub and hedgerows. It is also a wet woodland with lakes and a reservoir.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

Full time formal and informal learning programmes for schools and families and groups. Volunteer schemes across all departments. Placement/ training across various disciplines.Busy Marketing dept links with local and national press, thriving events planning and local community inclusion.

Top three successes

New pond zone facility, otter exhibit and saline lagoon creation.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre;

Participation

Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

 

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning

Contact

JOANNE NEWBURY,

WWT WASHINGTON PATTINSON,

WASHINGTON TYNE AND WEAR

NE38 8 LE.

Joanne.Newbury@wwt.org.uk.

0191 4195933

wwt.org.uk/washington