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Saltholme Lambing Live begins!

Last modified: 22 March 2013

Young lambs lying on grass

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Congratulations – It’s a Yuglet! The first spring lambs have been born at Saltholme, the wildlife reserve and discovery park, near Stockton on Tees.

After welcoming the first lambs, ‘Lambing Live at Saltholme’ will now continue for much of April, and the public is invited to go along and see the new arrivals. Guides will be on hand to provide information and visitors will also be able to suggest names for the newborns.

Liz Morgan, Marketing officer at Saltholme, said: “Lambing season is always a great time of year to visit. And this year it’s even more special, as visitors will be able to see our lambs closer than ever before in our brand new sheep shed.

“Shetland sheep can have a range of interesting markings. With the expert information from our guides, by the end of the event, you’ll know the difference between a Smirslet and a Gulmoget, or a Yuglet and a Skimret. Whatever their colour pattern, they are all extremely cute!”

Toby Collett, Assistant Warden at Saltholme, explains how important sheep are in managing the reserve: “Our flock helps keep the grass levels just right for breeding birds. Species like lapwing and redshank aren’t keen on nesting in longer grass and the sheep help us keep it just how they like it.

“They may not be wild animals, but they’re certainly an important member of the wildlife family here at Saltholme.”

Liz added, “We hope that experiencing the arrival of a new generation of sheep first hand, will inspire the next generation of our own youngsters to love wildlife as much as we do.”

Saltholme Lambing Live should on be daily throughout April. No booking is necessary, but there will be scheduled time slots to visit the lambing shed during the day.

For health and safety reasons, this event is not suitable for expectant mothers and all visitors to the lambing shed will be expected to follow safety instructions on the day to ensure the wellbeing of other visitors to the reserve.

For more information on the reserve, call the visitor centre on 01642 456625 or visit www.rspb.org.uk/saltholme.

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