Creepy crawlies aren’t so scary

Vikki Goodings of Scales 'n' Tails and a tarantula spider that was on display at the RSPB Saltholme Halloween event
Vikki Goodings of Scales 'n' Tails and a tarantula spider that was on display at the RSPB Saltholme Halloween event

VISITORS to a nature reserve came face to face with all kinds of creepy crawlies during a Halloween themed weekend of fun activities.

Snakes, spiders, toads and bats were out in force at RSPB Saltholme, near Billingham.

The reserve and discovery park held two days of scary wildlife themed events as part of its Halloween celebrations.

Saltholme retail manager Ben Calvert said: “We had a fantastic weekend and had a lot of visitors who really enjoyed themselves.

“Lots of people came in costume and really got into the spirit of things.

“The ethos behind it was to encourage all our visitors, first and foremost to have a good time and also to think about wildlife.

“The RSPB’s mission is to give nature a home so we used the event to help change people’s views about creepy crawlies and critters they might find a bit scary.”

Local organisation Scales ’n’ Tails brought a variety of critters for visitors to hold and touch such as snakes, spiders, stick insects and crickets.

Reserve staff showed people how to make mice houses after they discovered harvest mice nesting on the reserve last week.

And visitors were also lining up to listen to stories by local author Chris Connaughton.

The next big event at Saltholme will be on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 when it hosts its Scandinavian Christmas Weekend.

Real reindeer will be there for people to rub noses with and there will be fun in the elves’ workshop.

Chris Connaughton will read a Scandinavian story to visitors.