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  • Blog Post: Toad you so

    Hi everyone, I've been lucky enough to have had a few days away, so sorry for things being quiet on the blog front. If there were any doubts that spring had arrived, they've surely gone now. Adam, who works in Saltholme's visitor centre, took this photo of some toad spawn in one of...
  • Blog Post: All change at Saltholme

    Hi everyone, Who'd believe it? From snow, snow, snow and ice, ice, ice, to signs of spring ... all within 3 weeks! The last lingerer was the ice on most of Saltholme's lakes and ponds. Thankfully it's all gone now and things have been hotting up. The ducks are starting to display and...
  • Blog Post: Things are getting spiny

    Hi everyone, First it was spots , now it's spines. Earlier in the week we had Archie's nine-spined stickleback , now we've got some spiny caterpillars. Next time you're at Saltholme, keep your eyes peeled for peacock butterfly caterpillars. They seem to be all over the place. ...
  • Blog Post: Real record breakers

    Hi everyone, You might remember that earlier in February the RSPB set the challenge of smashing the world record for the most unused mobile phones collected in one week. Great news - we're record breakers! Across the UK, we managed to collect a staggering 6,130 old mobile phones. At Saltholme...
  • Blog Post: Glossy visitor

    The glossy ibis that's been around for the past few days was still up at Haverton today. Here are two stunning pictures taken by Ian ...
  • Blog Post: Two metres in two years

    Hi everyone, Earlier in March, I blogged about Kate Humble's visit to Saltholme . She officially opened the reserve and planted reeds with children from High Clarence Primary School. Here's a photo of how the reeds that were planted two years ago look now. Some of them have grown to about...
  • Blog Post: Who's in the box?

    Hi everyone, Spring is creeping nearer and nearer. These very exciting photographs were taken by a visitor and posted to Saltholme's facebook page today. There's a camera in the nestbox that's connected to the screens in the visitor centre so we can follow what's going on inside. ...
  • Blog Post: A close encounter

    Assistant Warden Toby had a close encounter with a deadly hunter, when out topping up the birdfeeders. His brush with death came when a sparrowhawk flew between him and the bird table he was restocking. Sparrowhawks are adapted for hunting in confined spaces, but this is normally so they can flit...
  • Blog Post: Waiting for bitterns

    There's still a bittern about at Saltholme . Bitterns are naturally shy and retiring. If you ever wanted to know how rewarding it can be to see something after waiting for hours to see it, then this is the bird to do it with. It can go missing for hours and then extend its long neck like a periscope...
  • Blog Post: Winter birds of prey

    Hello, I’ll start my first blog by introducing myself - I’m Adam, a volunteer reserve assistant here at Saltholme where I help the team to keep the reserve in tip top condition for wildlife. I’ve been involved with a wide variety of tasks so far like clearing the vegetation from...
  • Blog Post: At the end of the rainbow

    Hi everyone, Not the best photograph I've ever taken, but this is the sight that greeted me as I arrived at Saltholme this morning. It might be blustery, but it's perfect weather for blowing away the cobwebs. How red will your cheeks be? Ben.
  • Blog Post: Feet for every occasion

    Hi everyone, Today's update is brought to you by feet of every kind. With feet built for climbing trees, we've had no fewer than two male great spotted woodpeckers in the trees by the visitor centre. Voles and mice are the quarry of choice for the feet of the long-eared owls, which continue...
  • Blog Post: Those deceitful lapwings

    Hi everyone, OK, so they're not that deceitful, it's just one of the collective nouns for a whole group of them. At the moment, we have well over 1,000 lapwings at Saltholme and they're well worth seeing or just taking a closer look. Toby took this video of a whole lot of lapwings in...
  • Blog Post: More good terns ...

    Hi everyone, A wonderful blog from Peter, who's been stepping up for nature on Paddy's island. You might remember that Saltholme's team started work on the islands earlier in November . They'll "tern" up soon - and they'll be looking for good, clean accomodation for...
  • 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: Wildlife accomodation

    Hi, To have a healthy population of birds then we need to provide them with enough of the right type of food. Many garden birds feed their young on insects, and the decline of the house sparrow may be related to lack of such food. The RSPB is doing its bit in its gardens and reserves to help. At Saltholme...
  • Blog Post: Owls about

    Hi folks, Following this morning's stunning sunset , we've had a number of exciting encounters with a short-eared owl . We often see these long-winged owls at this time of year, as they move towards the coast for a winter seaside holiday. Christopher Reed took this photo today as the short...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch - know your biscuits

    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, some of the team at Saltholme join in the Big Garden Birdwatch biscuit debate ... which is your favourite? Head over to YouTube...
  • Blog Post: A lorra, lorra wellies

    Hi everyone, Sorry for the Cilla Black voice, but there are certainly lots of wellies at Saltholme right now - just take a look at the welly wish tree in Saltholme's wildlife garden. Every single welly has been hung on the tree by a visitor with an accompanying wish, as we invite everyone...
  • 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: Saltholme's own royal wedding

    Hi everyone, As Kate and William’s big day draws closer, we're blowing the regal trumpets about Saltholme's own pair of lovebirds - two elegant great crested grebes. You'll remember that I blogged some amazing photographs earlier in March of this pair of grebes. The photographs...
  • Blog Post: Phoenix beach patrol

    Hi, I am back home after my holiday and back to blogging. Paul Armstrong has asked me to include this report of the Saltholme Phoenix Group's day at Teesmouth Field Centre on 18th September. The morning was spent clearing almost 100kg of rubbish from a stretch of beach. Amazed (and shocked...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme's advent calendar - 3 December

    Hi everyone, It's the same message yet again. There was more snow overnight and temperatures apparently dropped quite dramatically. We're hoping to be open, but, as ever, we're taking the weather as it comes. Please give us a ring at reception on 01642 546625 before you set out. Moving...
  • Blog Post: Get Sett - Go!

    Saltholme's Spring Festival is this week end - lots to see and do, all the migrant birds arriving, Alpacas to see - and the Badger Sett in the playground is now open. All that's needed is for any budding Brock the Badger to come and play. The sett is in the corner of the playground. Due...
  • Blog Post: Rattled!

    Hello again, it's Peter, Ben has posted my comments before but has now given me the IT training to leave the nest and fly solo, and so give the volunteer's perspective on Saltholme. Rattled? Well it is all about the wildlife garden where we have a grass-filled wildflower meadow - and...