Spring has sprung at RSPB Saltholme

(left to right) David Ward and Steven Lock learn about Alpacas from Doug Steen during the Spring Event held at Saltholme.

(left to right) David Ward and Steven Lock learn about Alpacas from Doug Steen during the Spring Event held at Saltholme.

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SALTHOMLE nature reserve sprung into life when hundreds of families enjoyed its Spring Festival event at the weekend.

The wildlife hub was bouncy with activity for the two day festival when visitors got to see and touch animals of all shapes and sizes.

Around 1,000 people flocked to the reserve on Saturday and Sunday.

They included the reserve’s new-born flock of around 60 lambs, plus chicks, ducks and rabbits.

Youngsters were also fascinated by some alpacas, a South American kind of llama, brought to the festival by Teesdale Alpacas.

Beautiful birds of prey were also on display courtesy of Kirkleatham Owl Centre.

There was also lots of nature trails to explore and crafts to keep children entertained.

Liz Morgan, Saltholme marketing officer, said: “The festival went really well. We had almost 500 people each day and everyone stayed and seemed to have a really good time.

“The children were running around all the trails and they loved the alpacas. We had all sorts of animals here including harvest mice, rabbits, rats and mongeese.”

Saltholme wildlife reserve and discovery park held the festival to celebrate the arrival of spring.

The new season always brings with it exciting changes in the wild landscape of Saltholme, near Billingham, with lambs arriving, birds singing and wildflowers starting to come into bloom.

Site manager Dave Braithwaite said: “Spring is a fantastic time for everyone to get outdoors and enjoy everything that nature has to offer.”