Even though it is surrounded by industry, Saltholme, the wildlife reserve and discovery park, is bustling with wildlife. A nature reserve run by volunteers and staff who are passionate about their work, it is a unique place in many ways.
Lifelong Learning at Saltholme set out three years ago with a mission to preserve and promote the wildlife of Teeside. By holding groups every month where people can take part in hands-on conservation activities, the project creates a sense of ownership amongst its visitors. It enables them to feel part of the progress and survival of Saltholme by re-connecting them with nature. From foxes to lambs, dragonflies to seals, Saltholme always impresses its visitors with the wide range of wildlife on their doorstep.
Hannah, Wild Guide volunteer at Saltholme since March, says: “Wild Guiding has been an amazing experience; it’s the freedom that children have to explore the wildlife in our discovery zone that is just so good. As Wild Guides we facilitate learning, and the excitement and enthusiasm everyone shows for finding out about wild things is really brilliant.'
Lifelong Learning at Saltholme won Best Education Project in the 2012 National Lottery Awards.
- Wildflowers looking lovely and full of insects at the entrance to the reserve this morning. Thank you… t.co/pmgNjgfizZ
- Phil Stead Hide: 8 Snipe, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, Kingfisher, Water Rail Mike Corner Screen: Merlin @clevelandbirds @DurhamBirdClub
- Today's sightings, we've had a white rumped sandpiper at Saltholme pools and short eared owl on the meadow t.co/8NzEfiZQmC
- Today's sightings, highlights include wheatear and yellow wagtail at Saltholme pools t.co/9CpnewFnly
- A lovely sunny day an some great sightings, including bittern at the watch point and water rail at Phil Stead t.co/aJjyc2DSts