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6:00 PM 30th July 2022

Kickstart Your Big Wild Summer At RSPB Saltholme

Nature-themed activities and fun days out will be on offer at RSPB Saltholme in Teesside over the holidays as it announces its Big Wild Summer programme of events.

Family fun for all ages will take place between 23 July 2022 and 4 September 2022, including the Big Wild Summer activity trail. Detective Hoot and Constable Crumbs are trying to solve a mystery – but they need some help. Youngsters can become nature detectives by joining them to learn all about the different habitats and wildlife at the reserve, what materials they use to build their homes, what time of day they are most active and how they find things they like to eat.

A special Big Wild Summer activity pack includes a mouse mask that’s perfect for creeping along the trail, fun wildlife activities, and instructions to make moon cookies for a midnight feast.

Claire Freeburn, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Saltholme, said:
“We can’t wait to welcome visitors to the reserve to discover the wonders of nature at this time of year.

“Summer is a fantastic time to explore the great outdoors and we’ve got some amazing wildlife right here on our doorstep in Teesside. Migratory birds such as common terns and lapwings wheel overhead and the pools are home to dragonflies whose iridescent wings glisten in the sunlight."

The self-led detective trail is aimed at children aged 3-11 years old, but grown-ups can of course join in the fun too. There’s no need to book, just turn up. Activity packs are available from the visitor centre and cost £3.50 each.

Along with the summer trail, there are lots of other activities taking place at RSPB Saltholme throughout the holidays.

Visitors can try pond dipping, go meadow sweeping, or join a Big Wild Sleepout (16 July) – an amazing chance to sleep under the stars and learn about night-time wildlife.

Claire added:
“Our Big Wild Summer activities provide a fantastic opportunity for families to come together and explore the outdoors. They’re a really easy way to connect with nature, have lots of fun and make memories that will last forever.

“Whether you’re a regular visitor or you’ve never been to a nature reserve in your life, there’s something for everyone.”

For full details of the Big Wild Summer events and activities taking place at RSPB Saltholme and other participating RSPB nature reserves, visit