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  • Blog Post: Toad you so

    Hi everyone, I've been lucky enough to have had a few days away, so sorry for things being quiet on the blog front. If there were any doubts that spring had arrived, they've surely gone now. Adam, who works in Saltholme's visitor centre, took this photo of some toad spawn in one of...
  • Blog Post: All change at Saltholme

    Hi everyone, Who'd believe it? From snow, snow, snow and ice, ice, ice, to signs of spring ... all within 3 weeks! The last lingerer was the ice on most of Saltholme's lakes and ponds. Thankfully it's all gone now and things have been hotting up. The ducks are starting to display and...
  • Blog Post: Things are getting spiny

    Hi everyone, First it was spots , now it's spines. Earlier in the week we had Archie's nine-spined stickleback , now we've got some spiny caterpillars. Next time you're at Saltholme, keep your eyes peeled for peacock butterfly caterpillars. They seem to be all over the place. ...
  • Blog Post: Glossy visitor

    The glossy ibis that's been around for the past few days was still up at Haverton today. Here are two stunning pictures taken by Ian ...
  • Blog Post: There's a time for waders

    Hi everyone, A few days ago, I blogged about staggering journeys . Saltholme is like Heathrow for birds - and things are really hotting up now. Now's the time to see all sorts of waders dropping in. This wood sandpiper has been in front of the Phil Stead hide since Sunday. As well as...
  • Blog Post: Waiting for bitterns

    There's still a bittern about at Saltholme . Bitterns are naturally shy and retiring. If you ever wanted to know how rewarding it can be to see something after waiting for hours to see it, then this is the bird to do it with. It can go missing for hours and then extend its long neck like a periscope...
  • Blog Post: Litter in the reeds

    Hi, Last week, I jumped at the chance to help with one of Saltholme's water rail surveys. Our aim was to establish the number of rails that are living in the area between the amphitheatre and the fire station field. Water rails are very elusive, so needless to say this survey relied on audio rather...
  • Blog Post: Winter birds of prey

    Hello, I’ll start my first blog by introducing myself - I’m Adam, a volunteer reserve assistant here at Saltholme where I help the team to keep the reserve in tip top condition for wildlife. I’ve been involved with a wide variety of tasks so far like clearing the vegetation from...
  • Blog Post: Feet for every occasion

    Hi everyone, Today's update is brought to you by feet of every kind. With feet built for climbing trees, we've had no fewer than two male great spotted woodpeckers in the trees by the visitor centre. Voles and mice are the quarry of choice for the feet of the long-eared owls, which continue...
  • Blog Post: Those deceitful lapwings

    Hi everyone, OK, so they're not that deceitful, it's just one of the collective nouns for a whole group of them. At the moment, we have well over 1,000 lapwings at Saltholme and they're well worth seeing or just taking a closer look. Toby took this video of a whole lot of lapwings in...
  • Blog Post: Catch of the day

    Hi, It has now been four weeks since our first Common Terns (two birds seen on 24 th April) returned to Saltholme. Since then the number of terns has increased dramatically with 120 birds counted on Paddy’s Pool Island during this weekends Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS). Now is a great time to watch...
  • Blog Post: Summer holiday pond-dipping...

    So we’re a couple of weeks into the summer holidays, and the wild-guides have been extra busy working (in a very loose sense of the word!) with families in our Discovery Zone. We’ve done daisy chains, Olympic medal biscuits, minibeast hunting, and of course – pond-dipping! Due to...
  • Blog Post: Owls about

    Hi folks, Following this morning's stunning sunset , we've had a number of exciting encounters with a short-eared owl . We often see these long-winged owls at this time of year, as they move towards the coast for a winter seaside holiday. Christopher Reed took this photo today as the short...
  • Blog Post: Defrosting Planet

    Hi, The ice that has covered many of Saltholme’s water bodies over the last few days is starting to retreat as temperatures begin to rise. This hasn’t stopped the Water Rail from showing amazingly well from the Wildlife Watchpoint as can be seen from the video footage I recorded below...
  • Blog Post: A day in the life of a hide guide

    Hi, My name is Mark Stokeld. I am one of the (numerous) hide guides that you may see on a visit to Saltholme. Hide guides are there to help you get the most from a visit to Saltholme. We can be found in the visitor centre or the hides and can be identified by our RSPB badges, uniform and by the high...
  • Blog Post: Nature detectives

    Sometimes wildlife watching is as much about looking for wildlife clues, rather than the wildlife itself. The level of detective work required varies from creature to creature. These piles of earth left by moles as they burrow underground make them one of the easier hidden creatures to spot! ...
  • Blog Post: A snake in the grass

    Well a snake's head fritillary actually. This bulb is flowering now in the wildflower meadow in our wildlife garden. The first wildflower in the garden's meadow this year but it will soon be followed by cowslip and then red campion. It is native to the south of this country, but grows very...
  • Blog Post: Brown hare skirmish

    Hi everyone, March is getting nearer and the brown hares are starting to get a bit unhinged. Rhian captured this video of two brown hares boxing this Saturday at Saltholme. We'll be doing more hare watching over the coming weeks and months as their behaviour gets even 'madder', so keep...
  • Blog Post: Watch out, weasel's about

    Next time you're in the wildife watchpoint, watch out for a weasel that's taken up residence in front of the glass windows. Graham Border took this brill photos on Saturday ...
  • Blog Post: Grey partridges explode

    Hi everyone, They might have the same facial expression as your grandmother chewing on a wasp (or at least I think so anyway), but grey partridges are one of my favourite Saltholme residents. We have a good of them at Saltholme, and now's one of the best times to see them as they start to gang...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Starlings looking stunning

    Hi everyone, The starling roost is looking stunning this year - we've had over 30,000 of them so far, making it one of the biggest years ever at Saltholme. Here are some cracking pictures taken by Ian, who came to soup and starlings on Sunday .  If you're planning to come to soup...
  • Blog Post: The rake's progress

    Hi, We are steadily getting the islands cleared of weeks. Last week Paddy's Pool island was covered in weeds taller than us . So how do you think it looks now? You can see Peter (not me, but another volunteer) stepping up for nature by raking up the last of the weeds. Paddy's Pool Hide...
  • Blog Post: Stonechats on show

    Hi everyone, Saltholme isn't what you'd call a hot spot for stonechats , but we do get them in smallish numbers in the winter. This one was spotted near the Phil Stead hide by Christopher Reed. In the UK, stonechats spend the spring and summer up on the moors, some of them on RSPB nature...
  • Blog Post: Sand martin party

    Hi everyone, We love sand martins at Saltholme. They didn't move into the nesting bank this year, but they're more than making up for it - there are well over 600 of them around at the moment, gathering at Saltholme as they prepare to head south for the winter. Here's a short video...