What will students see and do?

Located in the industrial heart of Stockton-on-Tees, RSPB Saltholme is a wetlands environment with a visitor centre, discovery zone and accessible trials.

Depending on the age of your pupils, your day out here can be predominantly independent or structured. While exploring the reserve’s bird hides, students can expect to see a wide range of bird species. Pupils with a keen eye may even spot hunting peregrine falcons.

Beyond birds, students can also spot hundreds of grazing wildfowl and seals in Greatham Creek at the northern end of the reserve.

When students have finished exploring, they’ll have the chance to visit the discovery zone and participate in two-hour educational sessions.

These workshops are tailored to pupils from EYFS to KS5. Whether you’re interested in focusing on plants, minibeasts or ecological sampling, there’s a hands-on experience for everyone.

Teaching resources provided

RSPB Saltholme provides information sheets on how each of their courses links to the national curriculum. Each information sheet details what to do before your visit, the structure of the course, what to do after the visit and key terms to quiz children on.

If you’re bringing early years and KS1 students, there is a PowerPoint presentation on the RSPB Saltholme website to show pupils before your visit. This introduces the RSPB and its mission.

The RSPB also provides other pre-visit learning resources focusing on food chains, arachnids and adaptations.

There are also a variety of activity worksheets for children to complete on their walks around the reserve.

Minimum and maximum group size

You’ll be charged for a minimum of 20 pupils (16 for A-level pupils) during this visit.

The on-site classroom can fit 60 people inside.

Details of risk assessment

A risk assessment covering all facilities and activities held on site is sent once a booking is made. The RSPB also recommends completing your own risk assessments and the team is available to help with this process.


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Facilities On-Site

This reserve has all the facilities to ensure you have a fun, safe and educating day out. These include a visitor centre, a car park with drop-off point, accessible toilets, a cafe, a gift shop, picnic area and nature-inspired play area.

School groups have access to a classroom in the visitor centre. This contains a projector and screen.

The reserve features more than four miles of signposted trails, with the routes ranging from 0.5 miles to 1.3 miles in length.

Opening Times

School workshops are designed to last two hours, with sessions running at 10am-12pm or 12.30-2.30pm – two sessions can be combined to make a whole day visit.



For early years and primary pupils the cost is £4 per two-hour session or £6.50 for two sessions. There is a minimum charge of £80 for a half day and £130 for a full day.

For KS3 and KS4 pupils the cost is £5 per two-hour session or £8 for a full day. For A-level students the price is £6 for a half-day, or £10 for a full day. There is a minimum charge of £100 for a half day and £160 for a full day for both of these age groups.

Travel arrangements

To arrive by coach, turn east off the A19, north of Stockton. After half a mile, take the A1185. Then, after a further four miles, take the third exit on the roundabout. The reserve entrance is on the right-hand side.


Seaton Carew Road, Seaton Carew, Middlesbrough, Cleveland

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