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A time of plenty for wildlife... and Halloween fun too; YOUR VIEW TODAY: Lydia Tague, marketing officer RSPB Saltholme A chance for local charities, voluntary organisations and advice groups to reach our readers.

OH the weather outside is... changeable? When I was at school, the autumn half term was always my favourite holiday.

It's the time of year for scavenger hunts and my sisters and I would go out looking for fallen leaves, spinning jennies, conkers, beech nuts and acorns.

We'd play games and make displays of wild art with our findings.

The hedgerows would get a visit, too, with the last of the autumn brambles, elderberries and windfall apples collected for crumbles and jams.

Our wildlife is also taking advantage of this time of plenty.

Here on the reserve at Saltholme we're seeing our small mammals really taking advantage.

Hedgehogs in particular have been seen, especially around the feeding stations.

The harvest mice are being true to their name and making the most of the seeding plants that are all over the reserve.

We are also in the midst of the autumn migration.

After saying goodbye to the last of our summer visitors a few weeks ago, we are welcoming those birds that will be spending the winter months with us - pink-footed geese forming big noisy skeins in the sky, greylag geese grazing in the fields, and wigeon on the lake edges.

The reserve is full of life during the winter months.

Of course, the October half-term holidays also means Halloween.

This year our Halloween event is this weekend.

Visitors can take the spiderweb challenge, and try to creep past the giant sleeping spider.

There'll be crafts, trails, a story from children's storyteller Chris Connaughton, face painting and a whole host of other activities to do.

The rest of the half-term holiday will be dedicated to hedgehogs, hedgerows and hibernation.

Come along to Saltholme and discover what this autumn has to offer.

Saltholme is open from 10am until 5pm April to October, 4pm November to March.

Entrance is PS5 per car. Halloween passes are PS5 per child or PS3 for RSPB members.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 23, 2015
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