Families flocked to half term fun

Two children have a go at the crafts on offer at RSPB Saltholme during half term
Two children have a go at the crafts on offer at RSPB Saltholme during half term

YOUNG visitors flocked to Saltholme during half term for a host of activities.

Managers reported a particularly busy Bank Holiday weekend for families thanks to the glorious weather.

And people kept on coming for the rest of the week as children took advantage of the week off school.

New cameras have been installed around the reserve so people can see some of the nest box action up close.

They include a blue tit nest with newly-hatched chicks and tern nests on the newly-built rafts.

Visitors also discovered a world of wildlife with trails, crafts, and pond dipping sessions all week.

A Saltholme spokesman said: “The Bank holiday weekend was predictably busy, with Monday particularly busy with the beautiful weather we had.

“It’s a great time to enjoy the wildlife around the reserve as we’re in the middle of the breeding season.

“Although the weather has changed, there’s still plenty to see and do at the reserve.”

And when it was a bit wet outside there was lots of crafts for youngsters to get stuck into in the visitor centre.

Sarah Cesek, visitor experience volunteer, added: “Each part of the reserve has something different to offer, the birdsong changes as you go from the visitor centre out to the meadows and you can smell the wildflowers and blossoms as you meander round the paths.

“Taking part in the pond dipping is really exciting right now because the ponds are absolutely teaming with life, water boatmen, dragonfly larvae, sticklebacks and tadpoles are fighting for attention in the nets.”