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  • Blog Post: Aren't Nature Reserves Brilliant...

    Guest Blog from Site Manager David Braithwaite. I had my binocular fix today with a walk down to the Saltholme hide, there were geese grazing perfectly happily just a few yards from me at either side of the track. Barnacle Geese to the left; about 60, posh little chaps in their dapper monochrome....
  • Blog Post: Friday 26th September

    Today we have a Pectoral Sandpiper showing from the Saltholme Hide. The Great White Egret is still around, but constantly moving between pools in the area. Dorman's Pool still has at least 4 Little Stints and Curlew Sandpiper, but you'll need a telescope for those. Wildfowl continue to arrive...
  • Blog Post: Garganey broods

    This afternoon, we've seen two female garganey with 11 chicks in the Watchpoint Cut. There appears to be a brood of 10 and another of 1, which is smaller than the other 10. The 10 have begun to feather, and the 1 chick is still downy. There are also 3 water rail chicks in the cut.
  • Blog Post: Site Manager`s Blog May 2014

    Mid-May again. It`s that time of year when I struggle to sit at my desk or in meetings. The sunshine, the blue sky and the wildlife goings-on have a huge magnetic draw and the urge to be `out there` is intense. Needless to say I succumbed today and had my lunch break walking around part of the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog - Dave Braithwaite, Site manager

    Just been out to Cowpen Marsh, half a mile up the road from the visitor centre, to look at some work we had done there last week. The massive storm surge on 5 th December last year flooded the marsh and the brinefield at the other side of the road. All in all, 200 ha (about 450 acres) were under water...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Hide and green winged teal

    Unfortunatley, work is still in progress trying to sort the drainage at Saltholme Hide. However, the hide is open again, and I'm pleased to announce that even after two days of pneumatic drilling, the green winged teal is still there. He's also been getting up a bit earlier, about 11.30 today...
  • Blog Post: Unusual visitor to Saltholme Back Pool

    If only Adam had waited another day or two to write his blog.... This afternoon we've had a green winged teal on back Saltholme pool, and very visible from the Saltholme pools hide. This is a North American variant of the much more commonly seen Eurasian teal and the difference is subtle, so here's...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 23rd November- 17th December 2013

    Hi, Westerly winds and associated milder temperatures dominated during this period. Given the time of year it was perhaps not too surprising that the reserve’s species assemblage remained stable throughout. A significant storm surge on the 5 th December produced the highest Teesmouth Tide in...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 1st – 14th November 2013

    Hi, In my last sightings blog I mentioned autumn spectacles at Satholme and I’m going to begin this weeks by talking about another, Starling murmurations. Saltholme is currently running a series of Soup and Starling events in order to give visitors the opportunity to witness this great British...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: July 1st - July 14th

    July has arrived with a much needed heat wave to restore everyone’s faith in the British summertime. Above average temperatures have persisted causing booms in invertebrate and floral species activity as well as successful breeding and offspring rearing for many birds and other species across the...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings 8th- 30th June

    Hi guys, you may have noticed our community pages were down for maintenance most of last week. John wrote this blog last week so we thought you would still like to know what we saw on the reserve last month. So here it is: ........... The return of unsettled weather and regular showers has brought...
  • Blog Post: A blustery Saltholme Friday

    Hi everyone, A busy but 'bitty' day for sightings - the highlights were spread across the full reserve! Five redwings flew low over the wildlife garden, heading across the lake towards the hedgerow. A marsh harrier passed over Saltholme Pools Hide and a merlin was seen hunting just before...
  • Blog Post: May’s Headliners

    Hi, April turned out to be a cold and wet month. Migrant birds were slow in arriving but by the months end most of the summer species had returned all be it in small numbers. The cold and wet weather also had a negative impact on the number of butterflies flying around. It’s wasn’t all...
  • Blog Post: Chak, chak

    That's a fieldfare making that noise in the title. Hi everyone, Look out for groups of fieldfares in the hedges around Saltholme. You might also see them flying in straggling groups too. I was mooching around the wildlife garden today and a group of about 15 chak, chakked here, there and everywhere...
  • Blog Post: Skylark song

    The signs of spring are coming thick and fast. We heard our first skylark of the year singing at Saltholme earlier this week :D Great picture thanks to Ian Forrest. Something to look out for when you come and see us this weekend.
  • Blog Post: It's still winter ...

    Hi everyone, We're still in the grip of winter at Saltholme. Last time I blogged, I was hoping that some of the ducks, geese and swans would make their way back to Saltholme, but most of the ponds and lakes are still frozen. At the moment, it's still the tough (they told me to say that) mallards...
  • Blog Post: Don't forget your sunglasses

    Hi everyone, Those sunglasses aren't just handy for the sun, but for Saltholme's yellow wagtails. They're easily the brightest summer visitors. The first yellow wagtail returned from its winter holiday in Africa on Thursday 7 April and now the reserve's brimming with them. Toby snapped...
  • Blog Post: In keeping with Wimbledon.... game, avocet and match

    This pair of avocet were feeding right outside Saltholme Pools Hide this morning. A spoonbill gave everyone the run around going missing for a few hours at lunch before returning to Back Saltholme. 2 sandwich terns gave their presence away with their distinctive call and the 1st summer mediterranean...
  • Blog Post: Merlin time

    Hi everyone, After reading Adam's first blog about birds of prey , I just had to reblog this picture of a merlin at Saltholme, taken by Ian Forrest. Bye for now, Ben.
  • Blog Post: Further posts from a Hide Guide

    From 20 January I arrived a 9.00am to sign in at the workshop and meet up with the other hide guides who were on duty that day. We met up in the wildlife watchpoint to make sure the windows were clean, put out some seed for the birds, especially the water rail and to do a bird list for that hide for...
  • Blog Post: Plover-ly jubbly

    A pair of little ringed plovers paraded perfectly in front of the Wildlife Watchpoint this afternoon. In glorious sunshine they ran along the waters edge in front of the huuuuge windows which make the watchpoint so inviting. These little beauties were one of 30 species there this morning and that was...
  • Blog Post: Dabblers, plodgers and wanderers

    Hi everyone, A stunning group of four little egrets were at Bottom Tank just before opening at 9:50am. Two tree sparrows were at the Wildlife watchpoint feeding station. At 11am the juvenile marsh harrier flew from Haverton, past Paddy's Hide and over the top of Saltholme Wildlife Explorers...
  • Blog Post: Starlings, sloppy mud and other stories

    The Wildlife watchpoint has been a hive of activity today, with the feeding station showing off goldfinches, greenfinches and reed buntings along with fleeting glimpses of blue and great tits. Some of the juvenile starlings that were a huge hit with visitors in August were tucking into the fruity feast...
  • Blog Post: First frogspawn of 2011

    Hi everyone, We've had the first frogspawn of 2011 at Saltholme - and the first frogspawn in one of our newest ponds. This mass of eggs was spotted in the Discovery Zone pond today. I've been blogging about Kate Humble's visit to Saltholm e quite a bit recently. The frogspawn...
  • Blog Post: No owls on Monday

    Hi everyone, We're doing a little bit of work up near Haverton, so the cycle way and the Wildflower Walk will be closed. This also means that we won't be able to show people the long-eared owls. We should be all finished by the end of the day, ready to show you the owls on Tuesday. Bye...