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  • Blog Post: Sand Martin Bank Improvement

    The estate team are just as active in the winter, especially on a day like today with the cold weather and winds. One of the previous jobs we did was posted on a blog at the end of 2012 and some of you might remember seeing the estate team improving the sand martin bank at the edge of the main lake....
  • 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...
  • Media: Bittern

    I saw a bittern eating
  • Media: Bittern in the snow

    Even seeing a bittern is hard work. Seeing one so well is the sign of a really bad winter! Very little free water in this beck but I did see it jab its bill in, find something and swallow. A minnow perhaps?
  • Media: Bittern

    Several views of one from the Wildlife Watchpoint around lunchtime Christmas Eve
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: A quick bittern

    Hi everyone, We've had a bittern at Saltholme today - though it's only been popping out into the open for very brief stints. One of the longest views lasted for a grandiose 15 seconds. The star-spangled visitor was creeping among the vegetation along the edges of the pool in front of the...
  • Blog Post: It's better in December

    Hi everyone, Well, I think December's good but the snow continues. As you'll probably have read Saltholme is currently closed . Keep up to date with the blog, facebook and twitter to find out if we're open tomorrow. The paths are patterned by the footprints left by foxes, brown hares...
  • Blog Post: Giving Nature a Home at Saltholme

    This month the RSPB have launched our exciting new branding, including the new slogan ‘giving nature a home’. We believe in providing and protecting natural, sustainable habitats for all of our beautiful nature and we want to make sure there are always plenty of places where wildlife can...
  • 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: 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: 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: Reed all about it!

    Hi, Reedbeds are wonderful places for wildlife, but it's a habitat that isn't that common. So, we have been stepping up over the last couple of weeks by planting more reeds around the main lake. The sun shone on us on Tuesday as the photo of Alice and Dan, two of Saltholme's volunteers...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme's Fourth Birthday

    Happy Monday! Here at Saltholme we like a Monday, and this Monday is a particularly special one. Why? Well really, we're hurt you haven't remembered: it’s our birthday! No, don’t apologise. It’s okay! We weren’t expecting a gift anyway. Four years enjoying our beautiful...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme – A Guided Experience

    In a post about introductions, what better way to start than by introducing myself? I’m Andrew, a new volunteer here at Saltholme. So new, in fact, that I’m not yet registered on the online system and have therefore been listed above as “Liz_M”. For the sake of this article, you...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme is open...

    Hi everyone, Yet another short one from me to let you all know that Saltholme is open again. There's still plenty of snow around the reserve if you want to marvel in the wintry atmosphere. It's great for photographs too. There's also been a bittern sighted in the north west reedbed...
  • Blog Post: Stars and Stripes

    Hi, December produced some great birds at Saltholme for example, the record breaking Marsh Harrier , Short-Eared Owls and Eurasian and Greenland White-Fronted Geese . With December over with I thought I would write a blog looking into the future, not too far, January 2012. As a bit of fun I am going...
  • Blog Post: Tough times for bitterns

    The big freeze cropped up in this blog yesterday – and it is inevitably going to occupy our thoughts for some time to come. For wild birds, the impact is likely to be felt well into the future. Yesterday I focussed on Dartford warblers – we are considering whether it will be possible to...