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  • Blog Post: Juicy insects

    Good weather in June means juicy new insects about. Black-tailed Skimmers have emerged from the Main Lake and are sunning themselves on the paths. When Dragonflies first emerge, they are pale and weak and need about 3 weeks of nice weather and munchy food to mature. In this state they are called ‘teneral’...
  • Blog Post: Peanut etiquette

    You can tell what is feeding in the Wildlife Watchpoint Mouse House by looking at the mess left behind. Wood Mice shell the peanuts, leaving the shell intact on the floor, and then run off with the nice white nut. Bank Voles simply rip the shells off in the bowls and leave lots of bits in the bowl. Common...
  • Blog Post: A bit of ruff

    On Wednesday, we went out in the ranger to monitor the breeding birds on the central wet grassland. Although we do seem to have lost a few chicks here and there, generally things are looking quite good. We have 7 fledged Avocets from 3 nests, with another 7 well feathered. There are 14 part grown Avocets...
  • Blog Post: 10 things you can do with a spoonbill bill

    1 - Eat soup 2 - Row a boat 3 - Play tennis (sort of) 4 - Wedge a door open 5 - Prize a fence rail off (it might break) 6 - Throw a small pancake 7 - Remove a bicycle tyre 8 - Keep some loose screws 9 - Put loads of sugar in a cup of tea 10 - Easily win an egg and spoon race...
  • Blog Post: Chick food ?

    It’s been a bad week for creatures of all kinds out there. The newly emerged Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies must be wondering why they emerged in the middle of winter, and of course if there are no insects about, then there is no bird food, and even seed eating birds feed their chicks on insects...
  • Blog Post: Here they come

    It’s May which means as well as singing birds and woodland flowers, it’s time for Dragonflies, and in particular, the emergence of Four-spotted Chasers at the Dragonfly Ponds. But with the cold weather in April, things in the Dragonfly world are a bit late. So I was delighted on Tuesday,...
  • Blog Post: 8 legs and curved beaks

    You know when you’re out monitoring Lapwing nests and staring hard down binoculars and a telescope looking for chicks amongst tufts of grass, and you see an Avocet with 8 legs ? Well after checking that Avocets aren’t in any way related to spiders, I deduced that there must something...
  • Blog Post: One of his Terns

    It’s been an exciting week for migrant birds. This includes a Great Reed Warbler which is currently hiding in the reeds by the Allotment Pool. It generally sings (I use that term loosely) at dawn and dusk, although it grunted and squawked with it’s teenagers voice breaking throat at about...
  • Blog Post: Our elusive special bird

    We’ve had to wait longer than normal this spring, but Garganey have once again returned to Saltholme. Fewer than 100 pairs of Garganey breed in the UK, so our 5 pairs last year make this a special bird for us. We estimated that those 5 pairs produced 5 fledged young, which is not very productive...
  • Blog Post: Lazy days and Migration

    With just over a week left of the school holidays the team at Saltholme have been reflecting on what a fantastic summer we have had so far. We're on Minibeast week this week and the recent spell of damp weather followed by a brighter spell has meant that the invertebrates of Saltholme have been particularly...
  • Blog Post: Haverton Hill Highlights

    Spring well and truly is in full swing here at Saltholme. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and more and more we're seeing wildlife in the throws of courtship. The highlights for the reserve this week have really come from the Haverton end of the reserve, if you venture as far as the...
  • Blog Post: Swallows, Sandmartins and Signs of Spring at Saltholme

    Longer days, milder temperatures and the first of the years bank holidays under our belt, it can only mean that spring is here, and at Saltholme that means two things, lambs and migration. The Easter break has seen us welcoming hordes of families on to the reserve for our lambing live event where...
  • 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...