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Saltholme Recent Sightings: 8th – 14th March 2013
Hi, On Sunday 10 th our WeBS team journeyed into the snow showers to count all the wetland birds present on the reserve. Some quality birds were found including 3x Bittern , 2x Smew and a Jack Snipe . The survey also highlighted the huge quantity of birds on the reserve for example 1654x Wigeon ,...
16 Mar 2013
The Month Passed, the Month to Come
I’ve checked, I’ve doubled checked, I’ve asked around the office and, as it turns out, it really is the end of January already! It seems mere moments ago that we were all gathered around Christmas trees, watching the Queen in 3D and peeling ourselves out of our beds at some late hour...
31 Jan 2013
Saltholme Recent Sightings: 18th – 24th January 2013
Hi, A week of freezing and thawing meant that many of the wetland birds had a good work out whilst flying between the Tees Estuary and the reserve. One of the most impressive sightings was seen by a lucky few from the Visitor Centre when a Kestrel was observed eating a freshly killed weasel! This...
27 Jan 2013
Saltholme Recent Sightings: 11th – 17th January 2013
Hi, It was a week of two halves here at Saltholme. The first half consisted of mild conditions, lots of open water and green grass. Stereotypical winter weather took control for the second half and most of Saltholme’s water bodies froze and the grassland was covered in a carpet of snow. Luckily...
20 Jan 2013
The magic of Saltholme in the Snow
Well, it’s that time of year again! If you’ve looked outside your window in the last 48 hours, you’ve probably noticed that the world is suddenly covered in a crisp blanket of white. Although we all like to have a good old moan when the snow falls and, inevitably, lingers endlessly...
16 Jan 2013
Saltholme Recent Sightings: 30th November- 6th December
Hi, In a week that saw Bill Oddie pay a visit to present the reserve’s Lifelong Learning Team with a well deserved National Lottery Good Causes Education Award there was also a lot of wildlife action to be enjoyed. Icy conditions and snow forced the wintering Bittern out into the open...
7 Dec 2012
Sunday Supplement: December Predictions
Hi, I’ll begin with a summary of last month, Soup and Starling events ran throughout and the Starlings didn’t disappoint with some great murmurations observed. Waxwings continued to feed on the reserve and a Long-Eared Owl roost was opened up to visitors for viewing. As for my November...
2 Dec 2012
Starling perched on a dry stem of mugwort outside the Wildlife Watchpoint hide
23 Feb 2011
New Year wildlife at Saltholme
Happy New Year everyone, What better way to start the New Year than with a picture of a bittern at Saltholme? There's been a big thaw since I last blogged just after Christmas. Now's a great time to get closer to some of Saltholme's winter wildlife treats (like bitterns and water...
2 Jan 2011
Saltholme's winter wildlife moments
Hi everyone, There've been so many amazing moments at Saltholme over the past two days, I don't quite know where to start. The long-eared owls still provide lots of excitement. There were plenty of beaming faces - complete rosy cheeks - around the visitor centre today. Toby managed to record...
27 Dec 2010
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