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  • Blog Post: Winter warms up ...

    Hi everyone, It's me again with a quick update on Saltholme's winter wildlife. You really should head over to Saltholme before Christmas. There's some very special wildlife on show. The long-eared owls are the stars of the moment. Five of them were seen today. If you'd like to see...
  • Blog Post: Moorhens go off the rails

    Hi everyone, Sorry about the bad joke in the title, but the moorhens have been doing some strange things. I hope that you're all enjoying the advent calendar pictures. We've had a wonderful weekend at Saltholme. The week's blizzardy conditions gave way to two glorious sunny days and...
  • Blog Post: Don't mention the thaw ...

    Hi everyone, There's been a big thaw this week, but it looks like there's more freezing conditions to come. The winter weather is keeping us all on our toes, not least Saltholme's wildlife. The reeds and sedges in the ponds are now bright shades of gold and all of the grass is looking...
  • Blog Post: Waxwings, woodcocks and water rails

    Hi everyone, Just a quick update of what's around at Saltholme. The footprints in the snow that zigzag the entire reserve are showing how much goes on when we're not looking. Visitors have been treated to close views of brown hares, foxes and weasels all week. Six punky waxwings stopped...
  • Blog Post: Raily good spot

    Adam's prediction has indeed come true . Colder weather has meant the normally elusive water rail has been very visible the last few days. The shallow water amongst the reeds is where they call home and when the temperature drops, it is the first part of the pools to freeze. When their watery...
  • Blog Post: It's better in December

    Hi everyone, Well, I think December's good but the snow continues. As you'll probably have read Saltholme is currently closed . Keep up to date with the blog, facebook and twitter to find out if we're open tomorrow. The paths are patterned by the footprints left by foxes, brown hares...
  • Blog Post: New Year wildlife at Saltholme

    Happy New Year everyone, What better way to start the New Year than with a picture of a bittern at Saltholme? There's been a big thaw since I last blogged just after Christmas. Now's a great time to get closer to some of Saltholme's winter wildlife treats (like bitterns and water...
  • Blog Post: Railly good views

    Hi everyone, We're more used to seeing water rails at Saltholme during the much colder months of December and January, but over the past couple of weeks, they have been showing well from the Phil Stead hide. Here's one of them, photographed by Ian Forrest. Try your luck next time...
  • Blog Post: 8 - 10 October Is Autumn here?

    We are now well into October, but the dragonflies still abound! Numerous migrant hawker and common darter dragonflies have been regularly spotted on the paths and fences in front of the visitor center, where there is some shelter from the wind. Our influx of winter visitors are continuing to swell...
  • Blog Post: Great Views of the Birds

    It is good to have Adam back on the blogging team - and volunteering on the reserve doing lots of useful work; his recent sightings blogs are always inspiring. But if you think that only the experienced birders with the expensive binoculars see the birds then think again. Just after 8 o'clock...