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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: Clay? Sludge? Or just Mud?

    For most of the day anybody watching the main lake on Thursday, from the visitors centre might have been surprised to see us, in the water. The reed beds and banks along the lake are establishing themselves and showing us all this year that things are flourishing across the reserve. The mixed species...
  • Forum Thread: Saltholme

    First time I've been to a RSPB nature reserve today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Had the pleasure of watching a fox close up and spotted a glossy ibis,thanks to a very helpful twitcher standing next to me.
  • Blog Post: Our Cowpen Marsh dam

    Last Decemeber we took up controlling the fresh water and the brackish water as the two waters reached each other from higher water levels and by mixing together it possibly would change the salt levels. By having a dam at Cowpen Marsh we could prevent this. You can have a look at this link for Peter’s...
  • Blog Post: Subtle changes

    The transformation through the spring into the summer months is remarkable, in the summer things change but you notice things in stages. In the middle of summer the breeding animals peak their numbers with the large total of adults and baby animals. The plant life is growing and over the weeks their...
  • Blog Post: Ragwort on the grasslands

    A summer grassland maintenance job is ragwort pulling. This is done throughout the grasslands over the summer at Saltholme and is a continuous job over each summer in order to control the amount of ragwort that is present. When the ragwort grows and begins to disperse its seeds it will increase its...
  • Blog Post: Rails and Voles

    A number of weeks ago the estate team were improving the view that you see at the wildlife watchpoint hide. Last winter a channel was created by removing a section of reeds and opening up the view, as the summer is coming along the growth was obscuring the open area. Now the water levels are really low...
  • Blog Post: Sign Boards

    So we begin July with the reeds full of life and sound, especially the reed buntings from on top of the reeds and the moorhens from deep inside of the reed bed. What a contrast in water levels to that of two years ago, I’ve looked back at the blogs to see what had been posted about the water...
  • 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: A new fence line structure

    My main role today was to cut grass, this was one smaller job on the bigger picture of what we have been doing and what we will continue to do over the next few weeks. Around the main lake there is now a line of posts which have been put in as part of a new fence line for an electric fence. Stock...
  • Blog Post: More space to pond dip!

    Spring has left us with the start of summer bringing out the prime in nature. Wildlife is flourishing and at the beginning of June Saltholme is coming into a time where plant growth is high and baby animals are appearing all over the reserve. The blue tit chicks, the sand martin bank and common terns...
  • 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...
  • Media: Tulip

    Garden at Saltholme
  • Media: Lamb

    One of the two lambs being looked after at Saltholme
  • Media: Two little lambs

    The mother of these lambs got confused and adopted some others - now these two need the help of humans
  • Blog Post: First Lambs

    Spring has arrived, April has arrived and the first lambs have arrived! The first lambs of the year were born at the reserve today, the mother (the ewe) had twin lambs and the new family are resting in the sheep shed ahead of the other pregnant ewes giving birth in the upcoming weeks. The Shetland...
  • Blog Post: Tackling the hawthorn

    The reserve has a number of hawthorn trees but active conservation does mean we have to reduce the size of the hawthorn trees, some of the trees have reached heights of eight foot and never been trimmed before. The hawthorn, if it is managed over a period of time, will increase in strength from the bottom...
  • 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: The preparation begins

    The sheep shed will soon be full of action but before the first lambs are born this year, we need to prepare the area for them. Today we completed a number of tasks; some of them are daily jobs like replacing water and cleaning out the sheep pens, we have been putting up an electric fence to protect...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog - David Braithwaite, Site Manager

    I've been trying for a while now to get Dave to write a blog or two about what he loves about Saltholme, I finally managed to get him to give us a bit of insight into what keeps him coming to work........ This is my first ever Blog. I`ve been asked if I would say some stuff about Saltholme...
  • 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: A hole today, a pipe tomorrow

    The coot makes a high pitched chirp whist showing all the behaviours of a mating display. It has been a lovely sunny start to the week and the birds are gathering up momentum for the upcoming breeding season. A pair of great crested grebes were together on the water, this is another sign they that it...
  • Media: Common redshank 4/3/14

    Tandem feeding in front of the Saltholme hide
  • Media: Reed bunting (Emberiza schoenichus)

    The reed buntings are beginning to mark out their territories. This one is using a reed mace as a perch.