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Take a look before the flood.

VISITORS can tour a wildlife reserve's new lagoon before it is flooded to make room for new waterloving birds and beasts.

WWT Washington Wetland Centre's new saline lagoon is open for a preview tour tomorrow, before the habitat is flooded as part of a pounds 250,000 project.

Funded by the SITA trust, the project will be finished next month and is designed to improve the nature reserve's biodiversity by strengthening its connection to the River Wear.

Part of the development means a breach has been made in WWT Washington's river bank, allowing tidal water to flood in during spring high tide, next expected in March.

Even when the tide is low, however, the land will retain pools of water that will appeal to a whole range of wetland species.

The preview tour takes place tomorrow, Saturday, February 25, and sturdy footwear or wellies will be needed due to the muddy landscape but, unfortunately, the event is unsuitable for wheelchairs.

There is no need to book and the cost is included in admission.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2012
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