Rudolph and friends arrive at Saltholme

RUDOLPH – minus the red nose – is paying a visit to a wildlife reserve.

There will be heaps of festive fun at Saltholme’s Scandinavian Christmas event this Saturday and Sunday.

It will include the chance to meet some reindeers and take part in a quest to track down their noses so they can continue their vital festive journey.

Dave Braithwaite, site manager at Saltholme, said: “Like Rudolph, lots of the birds on the reserve come from the Arctic. They may well have spent the summer hopping around among a reindeer herd, so they will feel very much at home when they meet our visiting reindeer.

”In fact, at this time of year, some of our most recognisable garden birds like robins, blackbirds and starlings are actually winter visitors from Scandinavia.”

This year, to make the reindeers and other visitors from the North feel at home, Christmas at Saltholme will be a Scandinavian affair. Scandinavian-style food will be served in the cafe, visitors can make Scandinavian-inspired decorations and there will be, free (non-alcoholic) mulled wine in the hides.”

He said the attractions will also include festive storytelling and all the activities kick off at 10am.

The cost is £4 per child (£2 RSPB members) with car parking fees of £3 per car and free for RSPB members.

For more details visit www.rspb.org.uk/saltholme or call (01642) 456625.