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  • Blog Post: Tees squeeze wheeze pleases

    The Tees estuary is one of those ‘against the odds’ places. Large chunks of it have been lopped off for development yet nature has endured amongst the ship-breakers and chemical plants. So, it’s good to be able to report some positive news. Responding to pressure from Natural England...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Living Futures

    Whether it’s Happy Leaping Frogs or Hearing Laughing Friends – our natural world is precious. But you know that. And without Heaps of Lovely Funds so much of what we and others can do to safeguard and cherish the natural world would be so much harder. Can you tell where this is 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...
  • Blog Post: Where's the green economy?

    We’ve spent a lot of time in recent years pointing out that a healthy natural environment is good for business. We’re not the only ones to think so, as shelf-loads of research reports have come to the same conclusion. It’s not just jobs on nature reserves or in rural tourism (which...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme's designer garden for wildlife (it's right posh!)

    Here for your Friday delectation I’d like to introduce you to the amazing new garden at our amazing new nature reserve near Middlesborough. I’ve been able to visit it twice during its creation, but best if I hand over to Dave Braithwaite to tell the story cos it's his garden (but they’re...
  • Media: Ringed Pluver

    Ringed Pluver looking for food.
  • Media: Swan Lake

    One of the first images I took using my new Sigma 150mm-500mm lens. Taken at Saltholme RSPB.
  • Media: Common Whitethroat

    Taken between Wildlife Watch Point and Visitors Centre at RSPB Saltholme
  • Media: Long-eared Owl

  • Media: Avocets at Saltholme, 2 July 2010

  • Media: Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox was caught emerging from the workshop after an unsuccessful forage for something to eat.
  • Media: Heron

  • Media: Redshank

    They may be common but they're still lovely!
  • Media: Greylag & goslings

    This year's first goslings.
  • Media: Fantastic Mr Fox!

    So now we know foxes like grapes! The birds didn't seem too worried. Just sat around and waited for him to move off.
  • 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
  • Media: Blink!

  • Media: Grey Partridges.

    Saltholme, 2 July 2010.
  • Media: Sedge Warbler

    Sedgie singing in a bramble patch back of Dorman's Pool
  • Media: Sculpture at Saltholme RSPB

    Taken just outside the walled garden on the way down to the play area.
  • Media: Fieldfare

    Lots around the reserve this morning.
  • Media: Great crested grebes

    Pair of great crested grebes mating in front of the Saltholme hide
  • Media: Long-eared Owl

    Two showing nicely in the open yesterday morning.
  • Media: Common tern with fish

    Seing these birds flying low over the carpark and visitor centre with fish was amazing. Such hard workers too! There was a steady stream of birds with fish coming one way and those going back empty-billed the other. It was like a bird motorway! Springwatch is fine - but getting out and seeing it for...