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Star species

Our star species are some of the most interesting birds you may see on your visit to the reserve.

Common tern

Stop by Saltholme Pools Hide or Paddy's Hide during spring or summer and you will, hopefully, be treated to fantastic views of our breeding colony of common terns. They nest on the specially created cockleshell islands.

Common tern - adult


One of Saltholme's most constant residents, lapwings can be seen displaying and nesting during spring and summer. They also roost in their thousands along the banks you can see from Saltholme Pools Hide in winter.



Peregrines are the fastest animal in the world. They can be seen throughout the year, with several using the site as a hunting ground. They are often seen flying over the wet grassland and pools; watch out for their spectacular aerial chases with wintering flocks of birds.

Peregrine - adult

Water rail

From the Wildlife Watchpoint and the viewing point at Haverton Hill, water rails can be seen feeding at the edge of channels and pools within the reedbed all year round. These secretive birds do not usually venture far from cover. However, in very cold icy winters they often be seen foraging out in the open in the middle of frozen pools.

Water rail

Yellow wagtail

These arresting little birds are regular summer visitors to Saltholme, with several pairs nesting on site. They can frequently be seen on posts along the trails or flying around the edges of the grassland collecting flying insects.

Yellow wagtail

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  • Lat/lng: 54.600995,-1.217496
  • Postcode: TS2 1TU
  • Grid reference: NZ506231
  • Nearest town: Middlesbrough
  • County: Cleveland
  • Country: England

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