Take a walk on the wildside

RSPB Saltholme has introduced guided walks around its reserve. The first party of visitors on their walk.
RSPB Saltholme has introduced guided walks around its reserve. The first party of visitors on their walk.

VISITORS to a wildlife reserve can spread their wings with the launch of a new series of guided walks.

RSPB Saltholme on the outskirts of Hartlepool is running the introductory walks so people can explore more of the reserve than ever before.

It aims to open up a new world of wildlife including all kinds of birds and insects, and give a new insight into the work the reserve does.

The walks will be led by Saltholme staff and its dedicated team of knowledgeable volunteers.

Liz Morgan, Saltholme marketing officer, said: “We haven’t done a lot of guided walks at the reserve before.

“This is a regular introduction to the wildlife, the background and history of the site.

“We go to the far reaches of the reserve that people might not realise are even part of the site to show people there’s much more to us than just a little walk around the lake.”

Among the many feathered visitors to Saltholme visitors can expect to see include lapwings which perform spectacular aerial displays and peregrine and kestrels.

There are also lots of goldfinches and greenfinches along with tree sparrows to see.

Other animals people can expect to see include foxes, stoats and weasels.

The walks are being rolled out over the next few months after being tested last year.

They are free but visitors must pre-book.

They all start at 12.30pm and can take up to three hours from start to finish taking in all of the reserve’s hides and the best places to walk.

Suitable clothing and footwear essential and mobility scooters can also be arranged.

The full list of walk dates are Sunday, January 13; Thursday, February 7; Sunday, February 10; Thursday, March 7; and Sunday, March 10.

RSPB Saltholme can be found on Seaton Carew Road, Port Clarence.

For more details call (01642) 546625.