They used to be missing from our region- but avocets numbers have now hit new highs.
The wading bird, whose distinct look is used as the RSPB logo, is thriving at wetlands in Washington.
Ross Hutchinson has been to find out more.
Meet the latest furry addition to the WWT Washington Wetland Centre family - an Asian short-clawed otter cub.
The female cub has been nicknamed Little Squeak because of her high-pitched cries – and is an important part of conservation efforts to protect her species.
Ross Hutchinson went to find out more.