This was my first visit here - what an oasis. Great place to unwind and be at one with nature in a truly great setting. The staff were very helpfull and informative, the shop well-stocked and the cafe very welcoming on such a cold day. I was so impressed that I couldn't fill the joining form out quick enough. I will be back soon.
Lovely place, well worth a visit. Great breakfasts too - yum yum!
davie n lyds
Joined the RSPB today on our second visit to Saltholme. Today's visit certainly didn't disappoint with so many migratory birds in their winter plumage. Had a fantastic sighting of a short-eared owl who happily posed on a tree stump for approx. 20 minutes - definitely the highlight of today's visit. Managed to cram in some Christmas shopping from the gift shop too. Can't wait for our next visit!!!
Carrie & Michael Blake
My first visit to Saltholme and what a wonderful reserve, the staff were very helpful as well. A nice selection of birds to watch all day. I was impressed with the canteen also I had a lovely meal there thankyou verymuch for a great day.
Dean M Reeves
It was our second visit since March. We are very impressed with all the user friendly facilities and their accessibility. We think that the planting is growing so quickly & well. It is wonderful to have such a site within only half an hour's travel distance.
Chris Quinn & George Howard
When you walk either up the car park or by the footpath from the very moment you enter the place, the wildlife greets you on the way in! Absolutely outstanding and I've been recommending this to friends as a matter of 'you MUST visit Saltholme!'
So easy to get to as well - personally, I was utterly amazed... usually, one has to do a lot of legwork to be able to reach any country park or nature reserve, but Saltholme? the bus takes you right outside (if you are sans car).
It truly is a feast for the eyes and the senses - who'd have thought a place like this could co-exist in an area known for its heavy industry? Seriously can't wait to go again and again and again! There was so much to see that we just couldn't do it all in one visit, so there's our excuse right there!
The whole place is truly amazing, and I reckon by this time next year, the whole place will be teeming with even more life as migratory birds 'pass good word on' about Saltholme. :-)
A A F
I have watched this place get built as I live in Billingham. I was very impressed with the new building and on my second visit I joined the RSPB. Me and the family look forward to spending many happy hours at the park exploring and watching. Thanks to staff who are cheerful and helpful.
What a lovely warm welcome! First time we visited, but with it only a mile away from home we'll be back and back again! Spotting scopes set up ready to use along with binoculars and a friendly helping hand from one of the staff had us looking at some geese within minutes. I'm not a birdwatcher, an astronomer, but will use the equipment I have to learn a little from these great people. Keep up the good work.
I was extremely impressed with what I saw. Something like this has been long overdue in the Middlesbrough area. I am now impatiently waiting for it to open completely. In the meantime my partner and i have booked in for Valentines for something different.
Just got back from my first visit to Saltholme, I must say I was very impressed with the facility, and once the project is finished I think it will be one of the finest nature sites in the country. I have dreamed of something like this for a lot of years and hope to spend many more visiting this first class facility.
Have just made our first of what I am sure will be many visits to this amazing new site. The industrial landscape gives a very special atmosphere and it was great to see so many different species of bird within easy viewing distance.
I would highly recommend it to anyone, and to sit and enjoy the view from the coffee shop in more inclement weather may become one of our favourite weekend hobbies. Well done RSPB - and it is nice to have something right on our doorstep!
Saltholme is excellent - everything that was promised and more. The wait has been well worth it! Many thanks to all of the staff and volunteers who made the opening day such a success and gave every one of the first-time visitors such a warm welcome. We'll be back very, very soon!
Gill and Richard Johnson
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