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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: Litter in the reeds

    Hi, Last week, I jumped at the chance to help with one of Saltholme's water rail surveys. Our aim was to establish the number of rails that are living in the area between the amphitheatre and the fire station field. Water rails are very elusive, so needless to say this survey relied on audio rather...
  • 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: Spring clean

    Hi, This is weeding and gardening on a massive scale, or at least we like to think it is. When 25 tonnes of cockleshell arrived at Saltholme it signalled the beginning of this year’s tern island work. In the last week of March, we took advantage of the fantastic weather to head out onto the...
  • Blog Post: What to look out for this Spring

    I know I said this about January 28 days ago, but can you believe February has already come to an end? I couldn’t quite believe it when I looked at my calendar this morning to see that it was March 1, and every passing month brings changes here at Saltholme as the seasons roll on. We’ve been...
  • 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: Lamb Story

    As you’re all aware by now, Saltholme is in the throws of lambing season. Whilst lambing mostly involves a bit of hard graft by some ewes and some choice members of our staff, the result is largely cute, fluffy, happy lambs that are a joy for us all to watch. Of course, sometimes things don’t...
  • Blog Post: Return of the martins

    Good evening, I've gone on for weeks that spring was creeping ever-closer and that things would soon change - well they have ... almost. The biggest excitement was the return of some sand martins . Three were seen feeding over the Allotment pool, at the top end of the reserve. These might not...
  • Blog Post: Early Spring Predictions

    Hi, I had partial success again with my February Forecast , which goes to show how unpredictable nature can be at times. I’m hoping to get 100% on this occasion. For March, the first month of spring, I predict to see the following at Saltholme, The return of Sand Martins from their wintering...
  • Blog Post: Whilst we wait for Spring...

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but this weather is starting to make me feel a little drowsy now. I always tend to go into a kind of hibernation over the winter, and it’s around the end of February that I begin to feel reenergised. This year, my body seems to think March is bringing about...
  • Blog Post: Journeys end at Saltholme (well, most of them)

    Hi everyone, This is the time of year when mammoth journeys come to an end. Things change from minute to minute as new arrivals settle in. Mind you, it's also a time of quick stops and fleeting visits. So what's been at Saltholme today? A green sandpiper made a very brief stop in front...
  • Blog Post: Don't miss the oystercatcher family

    Hi everyone, I know I've blogged about the oystercatchers quite a bit recently, but they're just brilliant. With Springwatch just around the corner , you've got to come and see Saltholme's oystercatcher family. Make sure you come and visit them this week. They're right outside...
  • Blog Post: Ladybird awakening

    Hi everyone, I've been on for weeks now about the arrival of spring. We've had sand martins from Africa , frogspawn in the ditches and plenty of boxing hares . This weekend saw the discovery of another sign of spring - these amazing spring clusters of ladybirds. They'll have...
  • Blog Post: The Flight of the Sand Martin

    As epic journeys go, the flight of the sand martin ranks highly amongst species at Saltholme. You can now spot sand martins easily from the viewing gallery in the main centre, popping in and out of the specially created sand martin bank. Their arrival has been much anticipated, and now that they’re...
  • Blog Post: Love is in the air

    Hi everyone, There are some new kids on the block and they're feeling quite flirty. It feels like we blinked and before we knew it, great crested grebes had returned to Saltholme. Not only are they back, but they're throwing themselves into the joys of spring. Great crested grebes have...
  • Blog Post: Snowdrops are popping

    Hi everyone, Peter's been catching some winter sun in Sri Lanka, and he's back in perfect time to blog about the snowdrops in the wildlife garden. You can see from Ben's photos that the snowdrops are coming out in the wildlife garden. Other spring bulbs will soon follow...
  • Blog Post: Almost a riot in the wildlife garden

    Hi everyone, There's more and more colour appearing in the wildlife garden. It's almost a riot. Here are some pictures from today... These aren't the Welsh daffodils that Peter was on about the other day , they're not quite in bloom yet. Next time you're at Saltholme...
  • Blog Post: A Fond Farewell

    As we (apparently) move from Winter into Spring, Saltholme must say goodbye to a friend that has stuck by it in the past three months. This friend has endured wacky makeovers, wading through mud and water, and even being thrown around quite a lot. Mostly by children. Yes, we are bidding a fond farewell...
  • Blog Post: Sand martins in the gallery

    Hi everyone, I just had to reblog these stunning photographs of sand martins at Saltholme that were added to the gallery by Ian. Make a cup of tea and find yourself five minutes to browse the gallery - there are some amazing pictures on there. Bye for now, Ben.
  • Blog Post: What are ewe doing?

    Hi everyone, It's all go at Saltholme this week. Peter blogs about the work that we've been doing to tend to Saltholme's flock of Shetland sheep ... If you've seen BBC Countryfile in the last two weeks, then you'll know what we've been up to at Saltholme. As the programme...
  • Blog Post: Magic in the grassland

    Hi everyone, I hope that you've not missed your Saltholme fix too much while the maintenance works have been going on. The new blog looks wonderful. I've left my first update until the weekend to make sure that any glitches are ironed out - at one point was linking to the blog for Newport...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme's advent calendar - 14 & 15 December

    Hi everyone, The RSPB's Community pages went a bit AWOL yesterday, so I couldn't publish the advent calendar. We won't disappoint you, though, as we'll bring you two different wildlife treats today. I hope that you've all been enjoying the advent calendar. Most of the photographs...
  • Blog Post: It's no April Fool

    Hi everyone, April's here and this really isn't an April fool - Saltholme is open until 5 pm every day from today. Saltholme's summer opening hours start as soon as April arrives. That's an extra hour to explore all that Saltholme has to offer. The cafe still closes at 4 pm, though...
  • Blog Post: Beware of the Sheep

    Our lambing season has been hugely popular with visitors this year – lots of you have made your way over to the lambing shed to see the cute new arrivals. I wonder, how many of you have noticed our staff hard at work looking after our woolly residents? Our estate team have put in a lot of effort...
  • Blog Post: Geese and a spoonbill

    Hi everyone, Today was a day of geese, geese and more geese. All we needed was a white fronted goose (but we had two of those a few weeks back ) and a bean goose to complete the 'set'. A lone brent goose had been hanging around at Saltholme pools since the weekend. We've also had small...