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RSPB Saltholme, Middlesbrough

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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  • Formerly Saltholme farm now Wetlands .This area has grown almost accidentaly from the waterlogged farmland it was, From Greatham Creek to to Port Clarence , featuring seals and sometimes flamingos. 
  • A few weeks ago a friend of mine and myself went to an exclusive RSPB members event on a Saturday evening led by the Saltholme manager Dave Braithwaite who is a very nice man and he is so enthusiastic...  read more »
  • You can feel the buzz in this place as soon as you enter the visitors centre, staff and volunteers are all so enthusiastic and are as excited as visitors to see the newest arrivals to the ponds. We re...  read more »
  • Always an enjoyable trip to this relatively new reserve. Saltholme has managed to piece together several old birdwatching haunts for Teessiders such as Haverton Hole and Dormans pond and made it more accessible all centred around a lovely central building which offers:- Very good home cooked food in the cafe Decent view over a lake from the cafe - particularly good for watching Sand Martins Education rooms for school visits Gift shop Wheelchair rental The volunteers are very friendly and usually well informed and the optics days they run are good for anyone looking onto buying their own binoculars or digi-scope. Great for kids for pond dipping, there is a welly run and in some of the hides you can get fabulous views of birds including Water Rails and if you are very lucky, Bitterns. There is a also an outdoor wooden play area and picnic tables dotted around. The mixture of landscape, including grazing livestock means you will always see something different on each visit - we even saw a rare Ibis in 2014. The whiteboard in the entrance is very informative if you're looking to add to your list and it also gives the tide times which provide an almost guaranteed view of Common and Grey seals just a 2 minute drive down the road. The juxtaposition of the industrial landscape and the wealth of wildlife, including foxes, hedgehogs, hares, rabbits and a plethora of dragon flies, coupled with a vast array of birds from the Tree Sparrows feeding daily on the feeders outside the centre to the roosting owls dotted around the treescapes ensures there is something for anyone even vaguely interested in British wildlife. As the site is still new it has a way to go to catch up with the very high quality of Slimbridge but if it continues in the same manner for years to come, once it matures further it will be a 5 star day out.
  • Visited for the second time today. It was like I had never been before. Discovered a whole new area to walk around and been told that there is even more to see. Very friendly and helpful staff who welcomed me and my support worker. A gentleman took us round the visitor centre, and even advised us at to visiting birds to be seen. Will be returning in the very near future. And as a member of the RSPB we got in free too.
  • Never thought in the middle of an industrial area is this lovely place. Really enjoyed bird watching and walking in the reserve. The view from the cafe is great! I could spend all day in the reserve.
  • Friendly staff, really enjoyed my day Birdwatching. Plenty to see.
  • This is an amazing place. i have never met anyone who did not enjoy their visit. the facilities are second to none. the place is spotlessly clean and the cafe is fantastic. best of all is how helpful all the staff are to help you identify and spot the birds. we have learned loads. you can hire binoculars or if you are an rspb member [and i thoroughly recommend you join] you can borrow them for free. the hides are accessible and the walks a joy. there is a brilliant play area for little ones too! pond dipping is brilliant fun in the summer [for adults too!] and we are really looking forward to the lambing - new shed up and running! love it love it love it. just go there!
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