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  • Blog Post: More good terns ...

    Hi everyone, A wonderful blog from Peter, who's been stepping up for nature on Paddy's island. You might remember that Saltholme's team started work on the islands earlier in November . They'll "tern" up soon - and they'll be looking for good, clean accomodation for...
  • Blog Post: A lorra, lorra wellies

    Hi everyone, Sorry for the Cilla Black voice, but there are certainly lots of wellies at Saltholme right now - just take a look at the welly wish tree in Saltholme's wildlife garden. Every single welly has been hung on the tree by a visitor with an accompanying wish, as we invite everyone...
  • Blog Post: Farewell Saltholme! Part 1 of 2

    On April 2 nd 2012 I officially started my 18 month traineeship with the RSPB, at the magnificent Saltholme reserve. The traineeship is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – they do both ecology and visitor services traineeships. I am the latter – a visitor services trainee! My job is...
  • Blog Post: Phoenix beach patrol

    Hi, I am back home after my holiday and back to blogging. Paul Armstrong has asked me to include this report of the Saltholme Phoenix Group's day at Teesmouth Field Centre on 18th September. The morning was spent clearing almost 100kg of rubbish from a stretch of beach. Amazed (and shocked...
  • Blog Post: Spruce up that willow

    Hi everyone, A few snaps from the spruced up willow screen at Haverton viewpoint. After a very dry summer, it was looking a bit worse for wear. A big well done to the Groundworks team from Port Clarence who did most of the work to improve it! Thank you for stepping up for nature . If you've...
  • Blog Post: Extreme welly wearers

    Hi, Mud, mud ... and waders, not wellies. It sometimes takes a bigger pair of wellies for some of work that we do at Saltholme. The sand martins did not nest in our specially built sand martin bank this year. It's likely that they found somewhere else - they can be enterprising and opportunistic...
  • Blog Post: Welly season madness: post half-term review/rest/recuperation

    Phew! I'm still catching my breath after a busy half term week. I lost count at how many times I said the word 'welly' through the week, though I'm sure it went into the millions by Saturday :D Visitor numbers were pretty good throughout the week, more especially so at the start of...
  • Blog Post: Weekend recap - hogitats and more!

    Ok, I’ll hold my hands up, our simple hogitats weren’t nearly as aesthetically pleasing as the ones available in our shop (above), but they are effective :-) We enjoyed a fantastic weekend making hedgehog habitats; plenty of families turned up to take advantage of our Time For Bed family...
  • Blog Post: The Meadow Year

    Hi, In the autumn of 2006 I decided to create a wildflower meadow in my front garden. I removed a small egg-shaped area of turf from the lawn, dug over the soil and spread the seed mix over the bare earth. The meadow is now in its sixth year and is still going strong. This blog tells the story of...
  • Blog Post: Gold

    Hi, It’s not just Olympic athletes that have had an opportunity to win Gold recently. As shown in the photograph below I recently had a visit from Goldfinch feeding on common knapweed seeds in my small garden meadow . Back on the reserve small Goldfinch flocks can be seen moving around...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme wins the lottery!

    We did it! Not only did we get to the final of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards: Education category, we won the top prize! Well done to all the other fantastic projects nominated for this award. We are proud to share the finalists stage with Plugged In Magazine and Jubilee Time After Time ...
  • Blog Post: Top up your teasels

    The importance of feeding garden birds, especially during winter, can never be underestimated. As many of you may know teasels are a fantastic source of food for one of the garden favourites, goldfinches . But what do you do when the goldfinches have teased out all the seeds from your teasels...
  • Blog Post: A different type of crane

    Hi everyone, Saltholme is surrounded by chimneys, factories, bridges and ships, so when I heard that there were two cranes on the reserve, I didn't bat an eyelid. These two common cranes didn't spend long at Saltholme, but they were here long enough to brighten up a misty day. The...
  • Blog Post: National Lottery Awards - A thank you

    As you may know via our Facebook page , we have made it through to the final of the National Lottery Education Awards ! Once again we'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted and got their friends and family to vote, too. We can't achieve this sort of thing without your continued support...
  • Blog Post: The Great Fence of Saltholme

    Hi, The estate team were out in the sunshine and showers today as they began constructing a new fence line at the back of the Main Lake. Here Peter, Aileen, Ed and Chris are busy sinking a chunky straining post into the ground. We are aiming to complete the fence before the start of the sheep...
  • Blog Post: Here comes the sun

    Hi, Or, here come the sunflowers ... and July ... In May we asked visitors to step up for nature and help us plant sunflowers in Saltholme's wildlife garden, and the result? Come and see - the flowers are suddenly opening, big and bold. As long as the flowers are not double - just a single...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Explorers update...

    Posted on behalf of Amanda Martin, our Community Outreach Officer : On Sunday 3 rd February the Saltholme Wildlife Explorers began a session to learn about the five species of owl we have in the UK and ended up making an important discovery about small mammals in and around Saltholme nature reserve...
  • Blog Post: Butterflies Count

    Hi, Weather permitting, we try and do a butterfly survey every week here at Saltholme. Today’s sunny weather provided a perfect opportunity to head out for this week’s survey. In total we saw five butterflies of three species, Meadow Brown , Small Heath and Small Tortoiseshell . Our estate...
  • Blog Post: Ever been to South Gare? We’re having a clean up!

    South Gare at the mouth of the Tees is an amazing place with a unique character all of it’s own, that I don’t think I’ve ever seen anywhere else. As a European Marine Site (EMS), South Gare is recognised as having some very special coastal habitats and wildlife. It’s also...
  • Blog Post: Help us win, please vote!

    We’ve turned into teacher’s pet Well, well – aren’t we the lucky ones. Our amazing field teachers have been recognised for the fab work they do with local schools and the community. They’ve only gone and got through to the semi-finals of the National Lottery Awards 2012...
  • Blog Post: Not a marsh mallow

    Hi, Not a marsh mallow but a common mallow. The most frequently asked question about our wildlife garden is "what is that plant?" And at this time of year it is always this common mallow, with the scientific name of Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'. It was put in to fill a gap whilst the...
  • Blog Post: Cranes in the gallery

    Hi everyone, Have you ever visited the gallery on Saltholme's community page ? There are loads of great photos on there - why not add your own? Ian posted these wonderful pictures of the lone crane that was here on Saturday 26 March. If you love cranes, make sure you have a look at...
  • Blog Post: Warning!

    Hi, Black and yellow is danger. Wasps sting, this caterpillar is deadly poisonous. It is the young of the cinnabar moth and eats ragwort which is poisonous to other animals. As the caterpillars munch their way through the plant, the poison from the plant becomes concentrated in the caterpillar. The...
  • Blog Post: Stepping up for nature in the garden

    Hi everyone, It's Saltholme's stepping up for nature in the garden event this weekend - don't miss it. There'll be a whole host of hands-on activities to take part in, as well as events and displays and to inspire you to step up for nature in your own green space. Visit the events...
  • Blog Post: Sun, sea, seals and mud

    With a Date with Nature at Greatham Creek in full swing, things are hotting up. The sun is shining, the seals are basking and people are enjoying both. Greatham Creek's Date with Nature is so successful that we could do with some extra help on a weekend. Volunteer Jenny stepping up for nature...