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  • Blog Post: Summer holiday pond-dipping...

    So we’re a couple of weeks into the summer holidays, and the wild-guides have been extra busy working (in a very loose sense of the word!) with families in our Discovery Zone. We’ve done daisy chains, Olympic medal biscuits, minibeast hunting, and of course – pond-dipping! Due to...
  • Blog Post: Farewell Saltholme! Part 1 of 2

    On April 2 nd 2012 I officially started my 18 month traineeship with the RSPB, at the magnificent Saltholme reserve. The traineeship is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – they do both ecology and visitor services traineeships. I am the latter – a visitor services trainee! My job is...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Wild Guide Round-up

    Stickleback spectacular! Another weekend is behind us, and we're into July already! Pond-dipping continues to be the most popular wild guide activity, and for good reason! The photo above is of a male three-spined stickleback ; note the red underbelly and the subtle blue ring around the...
  • Blog Post: Pond dip-o-rama

    Hi everyone, Pond dipping seems to be the summer pursuit for families at Saltholme right now. Everyone's having a go. We've had reports of all sorts of monsters of the not-so-deep like sticklebacks, dragonfly larvae and even water scorpions. If you've not been pond dipping yet...
  • Blog Post: Lovely leeches! - Weekend wild guide round-up

    Another wild guide weekend goes by, and by ‘eck we even got some sunshine! Thanks to the largely dry weather, families turned up in their droves to go pond-dipping, and us wild guides were treated to a veritable smorgasbord of pond fauna... Now, firstly I’d like you to, for the moment...
  • Blog Post: Welly season madness: post half-term review/rest/recuperation

    Phew! I'm still catching my breath after a busy half term week. I lost count at how many times I said the word 'welly' through the week, though I'm sure it went into the millions by Saturday :D Visitor numbers were pretty good throughout the week, more especially so at the start of...
  • Blog Post: Pond-dipping Fact Files: Backswimmer

    One of my favourite pond bugs, the backswimmer can be distinguished from the lesser water boatman quite easily as it is substantially larger, and has much longer hind legs. The picture above shows the 'front' of the backswimmer , and as it's name suggests, it swims the other way around...
  • Blog Post: Photo fun for all the gang

    Hi everyone, We've another action-packed week ahead for families at Saltholme. It's wild art week and that means we'll be making real photographic prints with the help of artist Lindsay Duncanson . It's a brill activity for families, but anyone can have a go. In fact, we want you to...
  • Blog Post: D is for daring dads

    ... and we had a of daring dads building dens at Saltholme to celebrate Father's day. Here are some of the wonderful dens that wild families made. In keeping with Saltholme's industrial surroundings, the dens were created from natural and man-made materials. Pallets, tyres and traffic cones...
  • Blog Post: Last day for small ships

    Hi everyone, If you're spending the evening browsing the Internet, trying to find something to do with the family tomorrow, then look no further - Saltholme is the place to visit. Tomorrow's the last day of the Saltholme small ships . It is, hands down, Saltholme's most popular family...
  • Blog Post: Sunday Supplement - Schooooool's Out For Summer!

    Good morning everyone! Yes I did just bust out an Alice Cooper song for the blog post title, what of it? Moving on, what do we have in store for the summer holidays? Well this post will outline what is going on at Saltholme for the next couple of weeks... Throughout the summer holidays, our...
  • Blog Post: It's not poo!

    As always half term proved a busy week at Saltholme. A highlight of the week were the activities we had on in the classroom. Nearly 120 children (and their grown-up helpers too!) enjoyed getting their gloves on to dissect owl pellets. Most people think owl pellets are yucky, but they're...
  • Blog Post: Weekend recap - hogitats and more!

    Ok, I’ll hold my hands up, our simple hogitats weren’t nearly as aesthetically pleasing as the ones available in our shop (above), but they are effective :-) We enjoyed a fantastic weekend making hedgehog habitats; plenty of families turned up to take advantage of our Time For Bed family...
  • Blog Post: The Month Passed, the Month to Come

    I’ve checked, I’ve doubled checked, I’ve asked around the office and, as it turns out, it really is the end of January already! It seems mere moments ago that we were all gathered around Christmas trees, watching the Queen in 3D and peeling ourselves out of our beds at some late hour...
  • Blog Post: Feeling wild?

    With the busy summer season fast approaching, we're looking for a team of wild guides to help families make the most of their visit to Saltholme. As a wild guide you'll be part of an intrepid team helping families to get closer to Saltholme's amazing wildlife.You'll spend most of your...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme wins the lottery!

    We did it! Not only did we get to the final of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards: Education category, we won the top prize! Well done to all the other fantastic projects nominated for this award. We are proud to share the finalists stage with Plugged In Magazine and Jubilee Time After Time ...
  • Blog Post: What's hot with pond dippers

    Hi everyone, I spend far too much time thinking, talking and dreaming about pond dipping. But, since it's the top family activity at Saltholme , it's not surprising. We've popped a special board near the discovery zone so that all of the intrepid pond dippers can tell us all about their...
  • Blog Post: Hibernation & hedgehogs

    Yes that's a frog not a hedgehog, but our hibernation trail doesn't discriminate! We have information and picture cut-outs dotted around the discovery zone - did you know that pond skaters hibernate? This weekend we continue our 'Time for Bed' theme, and in addition to our hibernation...
  • Blog Post: Halloween Goings On

    Yesterday was the first day of our Wild Halloween weekend and it was spooktacular! It was fascinating to get close to (and in some cases even touch) bats, rats, owls, millipedes, snakes, tarantulas and allsorts of other creatures with Vicky from Scales n Tails. Coal the melanistic (dark coloured...
  • Blog Post: National Lottery Awards - A thank you

    As you may know via our Facebook page , we have made it through to the final of the National Lottery Education Awards ! Once again we'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted and got their friends and family to vote, too. We can't achieve this sort of thing without your continued support...
  • Blog Post: Interested in wild-guiding at Saltholme?

    Interested in volunteering at Saltholme? We are currently looking for volunteer wild-guides to facilitate weekend family activities, such as pond-dipping, trails, classroom crafts, and more! You don't have to be an expert at identifying wi ldlife, all we ask is that you have a genuine interest...
  • Blog Post: Show off your monster

    It's monster week at Saltholme . We love it. Come and create a monster collage, set off on a minibeast safari and make a monster pot for the minibeasts in your garden at home. Drop in on Thursday 4 between 11 am and 12 noon and then from 1 pm until 3 pm. We want to see the monsters that...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Explorers update...

    Posted on behalf of Amanda Martin, our Community Outreach Officer : On Sunday 3 rd February the Saltholme Wildlife Explorers began a session to learn about the five species of owl we have in the UK and ended up making an important discovery about small mammals in and around Saltholme nature reserve...
  • Blog Post: Half term at Saltholme

    Hello and happy half term! We hope you’re all looking forward to the first proper school holiday of the year: a time for resting the brain, recharging, and having lots of fun to keep that all important get-up-and-go on track. Of course Saltholme is always keen to provide plenty of fun for young...
  • Blog Post: Help us win, please vote!

    We’ve turned into teacher’s pet Well, well – aren’t we the lucky ones. Our amazing field teachers have been recognised for the fab work they do with local schools and the community. They’ve only gone and got through to the semi-finals of the National Lottery Awards 2012...