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washingtonwet17.jpg Dusty Duck wants a word…

The Washington Wetland Centre has an enormous amount of what I can only describe as “fun and educational stuff” going on over the summer holidays, and Dusty Duck is currently recruiting children of all ages to help the team in its daily mission to save wetland nature.

Fun and educational: that was an oxymoron when I was growing up and smacked of visits to dusty museums to look at old bits of rock. Neither fun nor educational. What I would have given for Dusty Duck when I was eight-years-old? He’s currently looking for would-be rangers who can pick up their free Wildlife Rangers log-book on arrival at the centre before they set off on a day of exciting discoveries while practicing hands-on skills such as spotting and surveying. You can record your findings and experiences – just like a real life ranger – as a lasting reminder of your wild day out, before making your own mini Wildlife Ranger to take home. Imagine!

Wildlife Ranger David Dinsley: “I love being a wildlife ranger for WWT and helping to care for and protect our amazing wetlands and their animals. There’s such a huge variety of wildlife and habitats here and every day is so different. We thought families would enjoy the chance to experience what it’s like to be a ranger through a series of fun-packed, mini-adventures, including activities that I do as part of my day-to-day job. Hopefully we’ll also inspire some of our younger visitors to become the wildlife rangers of the future, helping to create a world where healthy wetland nature thrives and enriches lives.” And not a dusty rock in sight.

Dusty Wildlife Rangers runs across the school holiday every day from 22 July-3 September. No need to book and cost is included in admission. Washington Wetland Centre, Pattinson, Washington, NE38 8LE. wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/Washington