VISITORS to a nature reserve this winter can discover characters from Wind in the Willows and Peter Rabbit alongside a dinosaur or two.

RSPB Saltholme, near Stockton, is welcoming guests for free throughout the month and also playing host to some unusual 'animals' as part of its annual Yarn Bombing event.

This year, alongside the return of popular characters, those visiting the reserve in January are also likely to spot knitted farm and zoo animals and even dinosaurs.

Aimee Lee, Visitor Experience Manager at Saltholme, said: “Everyone at the reserve looks forward to January for the return of Yarn Bombing.

"The stunning knitted creations, which form the centrepiece of this annual event, are the work of dedicated local volunteers who spend hours bringing their ideas to life for use around the reserve.

“In addition to spotting the artworks around the reserve, visitors can also take advantage of free entry in January to see everything the reserve has to offer, including fun trails, indoor crafts and outdoor play areas."

RSPB Saltholme is open 9.30am – 4.00pm every day.

Saltholme is a reserve close to the mouth of the River Tees, between Billingham and Seaton Carew and next to the A178.