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Get your boots on and give it some welly!

Last modified: 30 October 2013

Boy and girl running down a path in snow

Welly season is loads of fun every year!

Image: Kaleel Zibe

As the days get shorter and the weather turns colder, everyone will be bracing themselves for the onslaught of winter. But that doesn’t mean staying indoors; RSPB Saltholme is preparing for the third annual welly season and is inviting people to pull on their boots and join in the celebrations.

Starting on 2 November and running until the end of December, the wildlife reserve and discovery park near Middlesbrough, will be celebrating all things welly-related, and is on the hunt for old wellies.

Lydia Tague, Marketing officer at RSPB Saltholme said: “Welly season is loads of fun every year, but we need wellies to make it happen! From green gardener’s wellies or trendy festival wellies to pink with polka dot wellies, you can bring your old pairs to us and we’ll put them to good use.”

The welly extravaganza, will include an exciting range of activities, with everything from welly wanging, to using old wellies to make winter feeders and homes for wildlife. Or visitors can simply put their wellies on and have a refreshing walk around the reserve.

Lydia added: “All too often we are told that children today do not spend enough time outdoors, and a recent RSPB study has shown that only one in five children have a connection to nature. Getting out there, at any time of year, and seeing first hand how wildlife copes with our changeable weather is an amazing thing to witness. And this is a perfect opportunity for all the family to get outside and have some fun.

“I remember how much I used to enjoy pulling on my wellies as a kid, putting on my raincoat, and jumping around in puddles, and here at Saltholme, we want to remind everyone of that. We want to show people that you don’t need to have perfect weather to have a lovely family day out.”

Saltholme is also asking visitors to decorate their boots: one boot will go along the driveway into the site, to welcome the arrival of welly season; and the second will be used for crafts and activities. The top ten designed boots will win a free family pass for welly season.

Anyone wanting to donate their old wellies can take them along to the visitor centre at RSPB Saltholme. For more information, contact 01642 456625 or visit

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