Birders Invited to Explore What's in Store at Saltholme, Teesside


Bittern, one of the rare breeding species likely to colonise the area
(Photo: Steve Round)

Birdwatchers in the northeast of England are invited to find out more about plans for a new nature reserve on Teesside at an event on Saturday 11th September.

Representatives from the RSPB and the Teeside Environmental Trust (TET) will be leading a tour of the site at Salthome, near Stockton-on-Tees, which is being developed by the project partners as the International Nature Reserve in the Tees Valley.

Birdwatchers in the region are invited for a behind-the-scenes look at the site and to hear more about the vision for the new reserve. Meet at the Clarences Community Centre, Port Clarence Road, Port Clarence at 11am. The event will last approx. 2 hours. Stout footwear and waterproofs are advised. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For further information contact Colin Waters on 0191 2126100.

The flagship regeneration project at Saltholme will bring wildlife and people together to create fun, enjoyment and learning for all. With an initial plan to create 380ha of new wildlife habitat, the project is one of the largest wetland re-creation projects in the north of England.

New lakes, pools, grasslands and reedbeds will attract new, exciting and rare species to the area, boosting the Tees Valley's biodiversity. New species of birds likely to colonise the area include Bittern, Marsh Harrier and Bearded Tit. The same habitats will also encourage popular and more familiar wildlife such as kingfishers, swans, herons, butterflies and dragonflies.

The site is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors a year and will include a new Visitor Centre, offering a family-friendly experience of wildlife, and providing facilities for education and community activities. The site is due to open to the public in 2007 and the RSPB and TET believe that Saltholme will become one of the largest tourist attractions in Tees Valley.

In time, it is hoped that other sites will be linked to the core area at Saltholme, creating a 1000-hectare 'Tees Valley Nature Park' stretching from Hartlepool to the Tees.

For further information contact: Colin Waters, RSPB Saltholme Project Team: 0191 2126100 or David Hirst, RSPB North England media officer: 0191 2126121/07885 834889.

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