Animal charity awaits arrival of its latest attraction

NEW ARRIVALS: A Shetland sheep with her lambs

NEW ARRIVALS: A Shetland sheep with her lambs

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ANIMAL charity staff are waiting for their latest tourist attractions.

The Shetland sheep at RSPB Saltholme are expecting!

The lambing shed will be open from tomorrow until April 14 so people can get close to the little lambs.

Lydia Tague, visitor experience officer, said: “This is one of the most popular events that we run, and you can understand why, the lambs are incredibly cute but it’s also an opportunity for us to share our conservation message.

“The flock of sheep we have here at Saltholme do a really important job, they graze the grassland making it ideal for birds such as lapwings and barnacle geese who call the reserve home.”

The lambs are not the only springtime treat this Easter. The reserve is offering a fun packed programme throughout the school holidays with trails around the reserve, crafts in the classroom and over the Easter weekend itself there will be an ‘eggciting’ Easter egg hunt.

As the days get longer and warmer, there’s also plenty of new life to see on the reserve.

Lydia added: “This is such an exciting time on the reserve, with sand martins arriving back from their south African winter feeding grounds and busying themselves with nest building. Even the foxes are getting in on the act; one of our vixens is looking very pregnant.”

Lambing Live Is running every day until April 14 and activity passes are £4 per child or £3 for RSPB members.

Usual entry fees apply.

The RSPB and Teesside Environmental Trust have a long-term partnership to ensure the success of Saltholme for people and wildlife.

Saltholme is only possible thanks to almost £7m investment and funding support from One NorthEast and the Tees Valley Partnership, European Regional Development Fund, Stockton Borough Council, Biffaward, the SITA Trust, the Northern Rock Foundation, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Shears Foundation, Augean Plc, Premiere Waste and the County Durham Environmental Trust.