POND dipping, den building and seal watching are just some of the activities on offer at a nature reserve this half term.

Visitors to RSPB Saltholme, near Stockton, will be able to try out new activities from Saturday, May 25, as the centre marks its tenth anniversary.

Craig McNeil, Saltholme’s Visitor Experience Officer, said: “Our visitors will have the chance to get creative as they make Hapa-Zomes - producing fantastic works of art by squishing the natural juices from plants. We’re even introducing den building to our growing list of activities, giving our family visitors even more ways to have fun outside on the reserve.

“Our dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers will be offering visitors of all ages the chance to join them on some family bird walks and guided seal viewing at Greatham Creek; a great way of gently introducing families to some of the fantastic wildlife that can be seen and heard at RSPB Saltholme.”

River Tees Rediscovered’s Saltholme Safari, which includes free entry for everyone, takes place on Wednesday 29 and there will also be the chance to see the Brine Field Installation by poet and artist Tom Pearson, which features 12 white obelisks amid the reserve’s reedbeds and wet grasslands, while Bank Holiday Monday sees the arrival of celebrity birdwatcher, David Lindo: The Urban Birder.