Facilities at Saltholme

Full facilities information

Open daily, 9.30am-5pm (4pm, 1 November-31 March). 

  • Card payments preferred
  • Sorry, no dogs in the visitor centre except assistance dogs.

Open daily, 9.30am-5pm (4pm 1 November-31 March) 

Closed and locked outside of these hours.

  • 100 spaces
  • 7 Blue Badge spaces
  • Drop-off point outside the visitor centre.
  • No lighting in car park
  • No height restriction barrier
  • No overnight parking or camping
  • Bicycle racks available
  • Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.

Please be respectful of other visitor access, our team and our neighbours by not parking on the road, verges or in gateways, as it causes an obstruction for residents and emergency services.

Open daily, 9.30am-5pm (4pm 1 November-31 March).

They are located on the ground floor of our visitor centre.

Open daily, 9.30am-5pm (4pm 1 November-31 March).

They are located on the ground floor and first floor of our visitor centre.

Café
Open daily, 9.30am-4pm

Our friendly team are on hand to serve you. You can choose to dine indoors (currently limited seating available) with stunning views over the nature reserve, or you can takeaway.

  • Breakfast sandwiches available 9.30-11.45am. Sandwiches and soup available 12-4pm. Snacks and drinks available throughout the day. 
  • Card payments preferred.
  • Wherever possible, our food is sustainably packaged, locally sourced, organic, Fairtrade, palm-oil free or sustainable palm oil.
  • We serve our own bird-friendly coffee. It has been shade-grown which, unlike in traditional coffee plantations, involves our producers leaving the tree canopy above the coffee bush in place, providing vital homes for a rich-variety of wildlife. This also leads to our coffee growing more slowly giving its distinctive, smooth flavour and means it requires less water and has less need to use invasive fertilisers or pesticides. It is organic and Fairtrade as well.
  • Children are very welcome. We don’t have a specific children’s menu, but we are happy to provide smaller/half-sized portions. We also have highchairs available.
  • Our friendly team are able to provide allergen information.
  • Sorry, dogs are not permitted in the café, other than assistance dogs.

Our shop is open daily, and our friendly team are on hand to serve and advise you.

Here is just a flavour of our most popular products. Visit our store to discover more.

Bird food and feeders
Attract birds to your garden all year round with the help of our premium bird food - a real hit with our feathered friends! Produced with nature in mind, our seed mixes are Fair to Nature, meaning they meet rigorous conservation standards which help struggling farmland wildlife in the UK and Europe to flourish.

Fill your feeders with our extensive range of wild bird food to suit every type of garden bird and feeder. From seed to suet, peanuts to mealworms, we will help you to attract your favourite species.

Binoculars and Telescopes
Looking for a new pair of binoculars or telescope? We’ve got a fantastic range suitable for all needs and budgets. Whether it’s a pair of binoculars for the family to spot nature in your own garden, a telescope to use out birding, or compacts that make seeing wildlife on your summer hikes that little bit extra special, we’ve got something for everyone. Prices start from just £25 and include premium brands such as our own popular RSPB series, along with Viking, Swarovski, Leica, Nikon and Zeiss. To try our extensive range in a Covid-secure way, please call us on 01642 546625 to arrange an appointment.

Wildlife homes
Feel great in your outdoor space by making it a fantastic home for wildlife. Create safe havens, hiding places and sources of water and you'll enjoy welcoming more nature in no time.

Our range of wildflower seed mixes, nestboxes, insect homes, hedgehog hotels, toad abodes, bat boxes and more will help you attract our best-loved garden wildlife.

Gifts
Wondering what to buy your nature-loving friend or family member, or just wanting to treat yourself? Find plenty of great ideas within our gift range. Whether you’re looking for wildlife-themed books, home and kitchenware, clothing and accessories, or a new addition for the garden, we’ve got something for you. Plus, keep the little ones entertained with our fantastic range of fun and educational nature-inspired toys, games and craft items.

Open daily, 9.30am-5pm (4pm 1 November-31 March).

 

Our baby changing facilities are located in our toilets on the ground floor and first floor of our visitor centre.

You are welcome to bring a picnic with you to enjoy on your visit.

  • Our picnic area is located next to the children’s playground and we have a number of other benches around the reserve.
  • There are six picnic tables and 10 benches around the reserve.
  • Please note that our indoor cafe seating is for visitors who have purchased food and drink from our café only.

Help keep this place safe and special for wildlife and people by taking your litter home with you.

BBQs are a fire risk, endangering other people and the precious wildlife and habitats here. They are not permitted on the reserve at any time.

Pushchair friendly

The level, circular walk around our trails makes RSPB Saltholme the perfect place for a stroll in nature with a pushchair. You and the little ones can spot ducks and geese on the pools, taking in the stunning views across the reserve and fresh air as you go. We usually have a limited number of pushchairs available for you to borrow, but due to Covid-19 measures on-site, they are currently not available for use.

Our popular RSPB binoculars are available to hire on your visit:

  • £3 RSPB Puffin Juniors
  • £5 RSPB Puffins
  • £7 RSPB Avocets

Binocular hire is available daily from 9.30am, to be returned by closing time.

Looking for a new pair of binoculars or telescope? We’ve got a fantastic range suitable for all needs and budgets. Whether it’s a pair of binoculars for the family to spot nature in your own garden, a telescope to use out birding, or compacts that make seeing wildlife on your summer hikes that little bit extra special, we’ve got something for everyone. Prices start from just £25 and include premium brands such as our own RSPB series, along with Viking, Swarovski, Leica, Nikon and Zeiss. To try our extensive range in a Covid-secure way, please call us on 01642 546625 to arrange an appointment.

The rich variety of wildlife living here, along with the beautiful reserve landscape can be enjoyed from our trails and viewpoints.

Hides

Our wildlife watching hides are a great place to spot the special wildlife here and offer outstanding views over Saltholme.

  • We have four hides in total.
  • Our hides are open daily, 9.30am-4.40pm.

Our reserve boasts more than 4 miles of signposted trails to help you explore this amazing landscape and the wildlife that calls it home.

  • The Lake Walk is 0.7 miles long, taking around 20 minutes to complete. This circular route takes you around our main lake where common terns and black headed gulls nest during the summer months. Two hides can be found on this walk, the Wildlife Watchpoint looking out onto reedbeds and Paddy’s Pool hide giving views over our wet grassland.
  • The Kestrel Trail is a 0.5 miles extension of the Lake Walk. As you circle the meadow, listen out for the summer song of the skylark. Kestrels can often be seen hunting for small mammals over the winter months.
  • The Wildflower Walk is a 0.7 miles addition to the Kestrel Trail. Allow an extra 20 minutes to complete this walk. Scan the grassland for pretty, yellow cowslips in spring and keep you eyes to the skies in winter, when starling perform their aerial displays.
  • The Dragonfly Walk is a 0.9 miles linear path, taking you passed dragonfly ponds which are a hive of activity during the summer months, on the way to Saltholme Pools Hide. The hide overlooks some of the largest pools on the reserve and in the winter provides spectacular views of ducks, geese, swans and wading birds as they gather in their thousands.
  • The Wilderness Trail, this 1.3 mile path links the Kestrel Trail with the Wildflower Walk. Although it’s way marked it’s certainly off the beaten path, allow around 4 minutes to clamber over stiles and wade through mud to get a sense of how wild a wet grassland can be.

Download a trail map here.

Bring your classroom learning to life with our National Curriculum-linked learning sessions, led by our qualified, enthusiastic team. We offer a whole host of hands-on, fun, outdoor activities for Early Years, Primary school, Secondary school and A-Level, as well as uniformed groups. For further information, see the ‘School Bookings Information’ section of this website, or for full details visit our school trips information.

  • Level accessible classroom housed in the visitor centre.
  • Hold groups of up to 60.
  • Good lighting.
  • Lino flooring.
  • Shared toilets with accessible option.
  • Projector and screen.

Meetings, events and functions

With the stunning backdrop of the nature reserve, our indoor educational facilities are also available for hire as a meeting space or are ideal for an event or function.

  • Basic room hire is £80 for a half day or £120 for a full day (plus VAT), which includes tables and chairs, projector and screen.
  • Refreshments and/or buffet lunch can also be provided at an additional cost depending on your requirements.

Please contact us on 01642 546625 for further details or to book.

Our play area is open daily and is very popular with families.

It is located next to the visitor centre.

Go wild on our nature-inspired play equipment including:

  • Den building
  • Welly Splash
  • Mud kitchen