• Walks and Wildlife

    Image Credit: Edward Makin, RSPB Images

    Saltholme has been filled with the sounds of returning summer this week, with the screams of black-headed gulls now mingling with the calls of common tern. The warblers give them a run for their money, with a range of species shouting from the reeds and bushes. It’s a busy time for our staff and volunteers too, making sure the reserve is optimal for wildlife and visitors alike.…

    • 13 May 2022
  • Thinking up a Title is the Hardest Part of this Blog...

    Image Credit: Ben Andrew, RSPB Images

    It’s been a week of sunshine, punctuated by short but very dramatic rain. This means two things: firstly our ponds are now fuller than they were at the beginning of the week, secondly conditions have been very good for standing outside and watching all the wildlife that is sprouting all over Saltholme. Read on to discover what has been happening on our site this week.

    News from…

    • 6 May 2022
  • Saltholme's 'Shedding' Season

    With the end of the Easter holidays, you could be forgiven for thinking that life at Saltholme has slowed down this week. However, birds have had nests to build (and some even have eggs to look after), food to eat and visitors to impress. Our team has been working hard to look after the site that these birds rely on, and to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the reserve. Read on to find out more!

    News from the…

    • 29 Apr 2022
  • Spring is well and truly here!

    Image Credit: RSPB Images

    Wow…another week gone! They definitely don’t make them like they used to. But oh well, at least there has been lots to see and do at Saltholme to distract you from the relentless march of time…

    News from the Estate:

    Another busy week for the estates team, with fences to repair around the reserve. Whilst it may not seem the most ‘conservation-y’ job, repairing fences is important…

    • 23 Apr 2022
  • Saltholme is the place to be!

    Image Credit: Ben Andrew, RSPB Images

    The first week of the Easter holidays is nearly over, and the Easter weekend is upon us. And with the bank holidays promising to be very un-bank-holiday-ish in terms of how dry and sunny they will be, Saltholme has proved a popular location for families and birdwatchers alike. It is also the place to be if you're a bird returning from your winter haunts! Read on to discover what has…

    • 15 Apr 2022
  • Wild Saltholme- Frequently Asked Questions

    Image Credit: Lockhart Horsburgh

    On New Year’s Day, we announced that some land was coming back to us, after being used for some years as grazing land and arable fields. This land will be known as ‘Wild Saltholme’, as we plan to let nature direct the future development of this area. We aim to keep everyone informed as to what that means and entails.

    So, we have put together a series of Frequently Asked…

    • 13 Apr 2022
  • Plant Appreciation Day: Why are Plants so Important?

    Plants are crucial for the wellbeing of the planet and everything living in it. They are an integral part of the habitats in which we live. So integral in fact, that they often go unnoticed. Today, we are putting the spotlight on plants by highlighting just some of the many ways in which they are crucial. Read on to find out more!


    Plants are sources of food for important pollinators, such as Bumblebee…

    • 13 Apr 2022
  • Schools at Saltholme- bringing learning to life!

    One of the things we have missed at Saltholme over Covid is the sound of school visits- the voices of children as we help them discover our wonderful reserve and the huge variety of wildlife that lives here. Since our last pre-Covid visit on 16 March 2020, we have been eagerly awaiting the return of schools. Since October 2021, we have welcomed over 500 children and young people back to our reserve (as part of our Schools…

    • 11 Apr 2022
  • Another busy week at Saltholme

    Image Credit: Ben Andrew, RSPB Images

    Things are ramping up for Easter at Saltholme, with birds pairing up and lots of events planned for the Easter break. Read all about what has been going on this week.

    News from the Estate:

    The estates team have been fencing this week, by which we mean they have been repairing the fence that borders our Wilderness Trail. But that isn’t all; you may have noticed the willow barrier forming…

    • 8 Apr 2022
  • There's SNOW place like Saltholme!

    Hello again! Another month has passed and Saltholme is definitely changing shift; the summer migrants are beginning to settle in, and our winter visitors are moving back to colder climes. This seems strange, considering the world has spent the last couple of days snowing on us. Oh well....


    As of 1 April (today), entry fees at Saltholme will be changing. Entry to the visitor centre…

    • 1 Apr 2022
  • Sunny Saltholme

    Image Credit: Geoff Harrison

    It’s been a wonderful week at Saltholme; the sun has shone down on us, there is now more than a hint of green in the trees, and the wildlife is out and about making the most of it! Read on to discover what has been happening over the past seven days.

    News from the Estate:

    Now that spring has definitely sprung, we want to make sure our reserve is looking its best. So, the estates team…

    • 25 Mar 2022
  • Signs of Spring...

    Image Credit: Tim Robinson

    We always seem to start this blog by talking about the weather. So this week, we’ll start off by saying that we've seen a lot of amazing species ! Yes, that might be because of the weather and the fact that everything is getting ready for spring. No, we won't tell you what those species are until further through the blog. But we tried. Read on to find out more!

    Also, we'd like…

    • 18 Mar 2022
  • Roads and Ruffs

    British Science Week Blog Post 11/03/2022

    Image Credit: Ben Andrew, RSPB Images

    It’s British Science Week! From 11 to 20 March, people around the UK will be celebrating scientific subjects and all the benefits and opportunities they provide. Of course, as a nature reserve, conservation science is an essential part of our work. We want to tell you a bit more about our species monitoring programmes- what they are, how they…

    • 11 Mar 2022
  • Binoculars and Birds

    Image Credit: Tim Robinson

    It’s March! The sun shone both literally and metaphorically on the reserve this week (although the metaphorical aspect did, in fairness, last longer), with a wide range of species seen in and around our site. The start of a new month means there are now 20 days until spring officially arrives, and so we have also been busy preparing the estate for the return of some of our more fair weather…

    • 4 Mar 2022
  • Half-Term Fun

    Image Credit: Lockhart Horsburgh

    Another blustery week, but the sun has shone more consistently and the schools have been off. So, things are looking up! Here is our weekly reserve round-up.

    News from the Estate:

    Fortunately, there was no damage from either of the two storms experienced last week. So, the estates team could focus on preparing the reserve for spring. You may think it is a little early to be thinking about…

    • 25 Feb 2022
  • Winds, Wellies and Waders

    Image Credit: Ben Andrew

    Another busy week at Saltholme! The birds might have been flying a little bit faster than they wanted to at points, but that hasn’t detracted from our reserve- read on to find out what we’ve been up to, and what has been seen on-site this week…

    News from the Estate:

    Well, it looked like the estates team might have been joining some of the birds in flight in the latter half of…

    • 18 Feb 2022
  • Women and Girls in Science Day: An RSPB Perspective

    Today (11 February) is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Women have been central to the RSPB story right from the very beginning, and continue to contribute to this organisation in many ways. Read on to find out more!

    RSPB Origins

    Image Credit: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, through https://community.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/b/natureshomemagazine/posts/five-women-who-founded-the-rspb

    Did you…

    • 11 Feb 2022
  • Welcome to February!

    Image Credit: Lydia Cave

    How is it February already?! They really don’t make years like they used to. But, the dawn of a new month means we’re one step closer to spring, and therefore we have lots going on at Saltholme. Here is this week’s round-up…

    News from the Estate

    The estates teams are busy prepping for the coming of spring. They have been cleaning and re-vamping our tern islands (both natural…

    • 4 Feb 2022
  • World Wetlands Day: Why are Wetlands so Special?

    Image Credit: Phil Barnes, RSPB Images

    It’s World Wetlands Day!

    Wetlands are areas that are either permanently or seasonally covered by water. There are many different types of wetland (rivers, marshes, estuaries, floodplains and lakes are all examples). Saltholme contains many types of wetland, ranging from estuarine habitats to ponds, lakes and reedbeds.  

    As a wetland reserve, it’s only right that we celebrate…

    • 2 Feb 2022
  • Upcoming Changes to Entry at RSPB Saltholme

    RSPB Saltholme is a wildlife oasis situated right in the heart of the Tees Valley and is a vital home for nature. RSPB Saltholme is designated as a Ramsar wetland site of international importance, as well as being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA). The wet grasslands habitat is vitally important for waders and wildfowl, as the numbers of these areas have declined rapidly…

    • 2 Feb 2022
  • Trees and Terns

    Image Credit: Claire Freeburn

    Yet another busy week at Saltholme! It may feel like January has been at least two months long, but spring is actually not that far away. As a result, we’ve been prepping the reserve for the return of certain species. We've also had to perform some essential tree maintenance work on the reserve, which we would like to tell you more about.

    News from the Estate

    Image Credit: Katie…

    • 28 Jan 2022
  • Sustainable Saltholme

    This week has been Energy Saving Week, celebrating and promoting ways in which people can reduce their energy consumption, thereby carbon dioxide emissions.

    Currently, carbon dioxide emissions are much, much higher than they should be. This is leading to climate change and global warming, which is in turn affecting ecosystems and the wildlife that lives there.

    Before diving into what has been happening on the reserve…

    • 21 Jan 2022
  • Heritage Treasures-The Story of Saltholme

    Heritage Treasures- The Story of Saltholme

    Tuesday 11 January was Heritage Treasures Day; the National Lottery Fund set up this day to celebrate the wide range of amazing heritage projects they have supported over the years. Saltholme is one of these places!

    Whilst Saltholme may be a haven for wildlife today, this has not always been the case; the site has a fascinating history, closely tied to the industrial heritage…

    • 14 Jan 2022
  • Hello 2022!

    With a new year come new hopes, new goals, and new sightings! Read on to find out about what has been happening at RSPB Saltholme during the first week of 2022….

    News from the Estate:

    Image Credit: David Tipling, RSPB Images

    Common tern breed at RSPB Saltholme over the summer. They nest in colonies to reduce the risk of predation. For the same reason, they like to nest on islands.

    Visitors on Tuesday may have…

    • 7 Jan 2022
  • Goodbye 2021...

    Image Credit: Lydia Cave

    With December disappearing at an alarming rate, things are beginning to wind down for Christmas in terms of events and reserve work. But that doesn’t stop the wildlife! The lakes, pools, grasslands and hides are all as busy as ever. Read on to find out more.

    News from the Estate:

    It’s been another busy week for the estates team. With the building of the new predator fence, there has been…

    • 17 Dec 2021