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Published 16th Jul 2018

saltholme bird hide to be refurbished

One of the bird hides at RSPB Saltholme is going to be undergoing a very exciting refurbishment this summer, which will see the hide receive a makeover and the installation of a new viewing tower.

The work will begin on Monday 16th July and will last 8 to 10 weeks, during this period the hide will be closed to the public but the rest of the reserve is still open and there will be access along the Dragonfly path to see the work in progress. Whilst the hide is closed there will be a guided walk every Thursday at 12.30pm to allow people to experience the reserve from the perspective of a Saltholme Guide.

Aimee Lee, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Saltholme, said: “It is very exciting for the whole team at RSPB Saltholme to see one of our most loved hides undergoing a big refurbishment. The new viewing tower is going to allow visitors to get an even better view of our beautiful reserve from an elevated perspective that we have not been able to offer before.”

The work is scheduled to take place over the summer holidays in order to comply with the reserves Special Protection Area status. This enables the RSPB to put nature first by protecting both breeding and wintering species, whilst still providing excellent facilities to visitors.

This exciting work is part of a programme of works at RSPB Saltholme, funded by Teesside Environmental Trust, which started with the refurbishment of the Wildlife Watchpoint and Paddy’s Pool hides.

Aimee added: “Working in partnership with Teesside Environmental Trust has enabled us to provide our visitors with a fantastic visitor experience, our recent Gold accreditation from Visit England confirmed this. The refurbishment of Saltholme Pools is just the cherry on the top of the cake.”

The work is expected to be completed by the end of September and the reserve will be celebrating with an opening event in early October.

RSPB Saltholme is open every day (except Christmas Day) and is open 9.30am-4pm. From 1 April, the reserve will be open until 5pm. 



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