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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...
22 Feb 2012
Top up your teasels
The importance of feeding garden birds, especially during winter, can never be underestimated. As many of you may know teasels are a fantastic source of food for one of the garden favourites, goldfinches . But what do you do when the goldfinches have teased out all the seeds from your teasels...
7 Feb 2012
Cooking up some treats
Hi everyone, I had a brill afternoon today with the second and last (for now at least!) of our grown-ups only cookery for birds masterclass. In spite of our mixing bowls going missing, everyone who took part produced some fantastic cuisine for the birds in their garden and made the most of Saltholme's...
6 Feb 2012
A smashing idea
The theme of nature detectives was continued with the discovery of this scene. A hard stone and lots of broken snail shells . . . . . . there's only one thing it can be: a thrush's anvil. Snails are at the top of the menu for song thrushes , but to get to the juicy part they must smash...
4 Feb 2012
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,...
3 Feb 2012
With the plunging temperatures, the lakes and pools of Saltholme are beginning to freeze over. As with the smaller birds, we like to provide food at this time of year . Each morning, grain is scattered around the waters edge, for the ducks and geese to enjoy. As you can see, after the cold night...
23 Dec 2011
***Posted on behalf of Alicia by her Dad!*** i've just been to middleton lakes with my family and i have seen a kestral, 2 great spotted woodpeckers,heron and a greenfinch chick. Chris and the team were out with their RSPB pod giving information. We helped make some fat balls which are now hanging...
9 Oct 2011
Big Garden Birdwatch - tip four
Hi everyone, All this week, Saltholme's delving deeper into the world of YouTube to bring you the top five tips to get ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch . Helen's back again to suggest trying some different bird seed to tempt more birds into your garden. Head over to YouTube or facebook...
28 Jan 2011
Big Garden Birdwatch - day one, tip one
Hi everyone, All this week, Saltholme's delving deeper into the world of YouTube to bring you the top five tips to get ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch. Today, Helen suggests buying some coconut treats to entice blue tits, great tits and woodpeckers. Head over to YouTube to watch the video...
24 Jan 2011
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