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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: 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: Next time you're at Saltholme ...

    ... make sure you take a look at the new and improved willow arches along the edge of the Discovery Zone. The Saltholme Wildlife Explroers group started them this Sunday and made a great job of it ... Wildlife Explorers is for young wildlife fans aged 4 - 12. If you'd like to come along, email...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Grub's up by the pond

    Our new water bird feeding area, for Grub's up season, is proving a success with the swans, ducks, coots and moorhens. As these are wild birds they can be a little bit cautious, so my top tip is to scatter the grain and relax on the nearby bench and wait for the birds, like this curious coot,...
  • 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: Brilliant boxes for birds

    Hi everyone, Today is the last day of February half-term. We had a great day, making hand-made homes for all sorts of birds. In the end, families made over 30 boxes to take home to gardens all over the Tees Valley ... one is even making its way to Israel! Wow! We've got to say a huge...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Small ships cruise into Saltholme

    Hi everyone, We've had stacks of family fun at Saltholme this summer. Monster making , photography fun and pond dipping every day . What's next I hear you cry? Well, it's time for my favourite event of the year - Saltholme small ships . We had a go at this activity last year when the Tall...
  • Blog Post: Small ships fun

    Hi everyone, I've been blogging non-stop about Saltholme's summer family activities. They've been brill. Monsters , blueprints and even ships . Last week was the first week of the Saltholme small ships and what a week it was. Between Tuesday and Thursday, families (with lots of input from...
  • Blog Post: Farewell Saltholme! Part 2 of 2

    To continue from yesterday's post... During my traineeship, I have had a lot of involvement with Saltholme's social media. I have made a few blog posts here and there and the odd tweet too, but mainly I have been working on the RSPB Saltholme Facebook page. Myself, our assistant warden...
  • Blog Post: Half-term wild guiding!

    We have the Jubilee celebrations this weekend with the half-term week following, so I'd like to take the opportunity to tell families what activities and events we have prepared here at Saltholme! The discovery zone is bursting into life thanks to the glorious weather we have all been enjoying...