Tyne & Wear

Washington Wetland Centre opens saline lagoon

Washington Wetlands Centre
Image caption Visitors will be able to get closer to wildlife, the centre said

A rare habitat has been unveiled at a Wearside nature park.

Washington Wetland Centre has created a saline lagoon which opened to the public on Saturday.

The £120,000 lagoon - funded by the SITA Trust and a private donation - has a mixture of fresh and sea water, which the centre said was "ideal" for a range of wetland species.

Mud islands have been built in the centre of the lagoon to provide nesting space for birds.

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