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Published 31st Dec 2018

Ian Mackenzie, Saltholme’s 750,000 visitor, and his wife Maria

In the run up to RSPB Saltholme’s 10th anniversary year, the RSPB were delighted to welcome the 750,000th visitor to the site when Ian Mackenzie and his wife Maria visited the site.

Chris Francis, Senior Site Manager at RSPB Saltholme said: “To think that three quarters of a million people have now visited the reserve since we first opened our doors to the public in 2009 is fantastic. All those people have been able to connect with the fantastic wildlife you can find here at Saltholme.

“Not only that, but it is only through the support of our members and visitors we can do all the work we do to maintain and develop such an important nature reserve here on the Tees Estuary.”

To mark the occasion Ian and Maria, from Castle Eden, were presented with some special gifts to give nature a home in their garden.

Ian said: “Saltholme is a brilliant place, we usually visit every month or so and will often bring the grandkids. In the summer we love to come and watch the terns and the sand martins, but today we’d only popped in for lunch; so this is a big surprise.”

Chris continued: “We’d love to welcome even more people to come and enjoy the reserve here at Saltholme. At the current rate, we expect to reach the magic million in just over 3 years. If you haven’t been before, why not come along and help us reach that next milestone even sooner.”

RSPB Saltholme is open every day except Christmas Day. For further information on RSPB Saltholme, visit or follow the reserve team on Facebook or Twitter.

Photo caption: Ian Mackenzie, Saltholme’s 750,000 visitor, and his wife Maria

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