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  • 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: 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: 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: Popeye pops in

    Hi guys, it's Rhian. I'm a new face to the Saltholme blog. Between now and the end of October, I'll be bringing you regular updates from the seals . The first day of a Date with Nature at Greatham Creek started off wet, windy and seal-less. But, as the rain clouds blew away the seals appeared...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: South side gets the seal of approval

    After a few days seal watching at Greatham Creek , we are beginning to learn the habits of the seals. As the tide comes in, so do the seals. Each day we watch the mud disappearing under the water and wait eagerly for the first arrival. Some seals sneak in underwater, appearing further down the creek...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Get closer

    Love nature? Want to get even closer? Then we have just the thing. Delving into the world of optics can be daunting, but with Saltholme’s get closer weekend you can have a helping hand. Optics advisor, Adam, will be available to let you try a wide selection of binoculars, telescopes, digiscopes...
  • Blog Post: The fun never, ever stops

    Hi everyone, It seems ages ago that we were getting ready for wild art week . We had a great three days of making cyanotype 'blueprints' using hand-made photographic paper and all kinds of natural materials. Big thanks go to Lindsay, Maz and Lukas who ran the day for us. Just to show how much...