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A Fight between Foxes
We’ve often talked about the peaceful atmosphere of Saltholme on this blog, and in the most part the reserve certainly has an air of calm about it. Spring is on its way, however, and with the important business of breeding and rearing offspring approaching there is bound to be confrontation. We...
15 Mar 2013
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...
20 May 2012
Hi, The dawn chorus, where birds sing to establish territories and attract a mate, is one of the greatest natural shows in spring. However another impressive show is currently being performed in ponds throughout Britain and it involves common frogs. At this time of year frogs gather in ponds to breed...
14 Mar 2012
More families on the way
Hi everyone, We've been doing lots of work this year to keep an eye on how well Saltholme's breeding lapwings are doing. Here's Peter on what Toby, Saltholme's assistant warden, and volunteers have been up to ... Along with a team of volunteers, Toby has been surveying the lapwing...
9 May 2011
The first chicks ... just in time for avocet watch
Hi everyone, You'll remember me blogging about the first avocet watch event way back at the beginning of April. Well the second one is almost here - with some new arrivals who are definitely worth seeing. Saltholme has teamed up with Natural England to give you the chance to see these beautiful...
3 May 2011
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...
9 Apr 2011
Join in with avocet watch
Hi everyone, (I just had to add in this picture that Alyson took of four avocets at Greatham Creek!) We love avocets at the RSPB. They don't breed at Saltholme quite yet - but they do breed just up the road at Greatham Creek, at what we hope will be become the most northerly breeding avocet...
4 Apr 2011
Yaffles, beeps and bubbles
Hi everyone, That's a yaffling green woodpecker, beeping teals and bubbling curlews to be exact. It might have been a dreadfully rainy and wet day at Saltholme, but spring is still in the air. Some of the snowdrops are out in the wildlife garden. I'll try to get a photograph of them tomorrow...
26 Jan 2011
Saltholme's advent calendar - 19 December
Morning all, Today's advent calendar is one of Saltholme's summer starlets. This lucky yellow wagtail is probably sunning itself in West Africa as we speak. This fantastic shot was posted to Saltholme's facebook page by Darren Clark. Call back tomorrow for something new. Ben.
19 Dec 2010
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