A HOST of unusual animals await visitors to RSPB Saltholme this month.

The nature reserve, located near Stockton-on-Tees, is is hosting its yearly Yarn Bombing event and this year, in addition to the return of popular characters from Wind in the Willows and Peter Rabbit, those visiting the reserve in January are also likely to spot knitted farm and zoo animals and even a dinosaur or two.

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. "Everyone looks forward to seeing the new additions each year, we really can’t thank them enough.

“In addition to spotting the artworks around the reserve, visitors can also take advantage of everything else the reserve has to offer, including fun trails and outdoor play areas.

"We know the start of the year is a time that most people like to get back in touch with their health goals too and the reserve is the perfect place to boost your fitness with regular walks – the beauty of a nature reserve is that there is always something new to see.”

RSPB Saltholme is open 9.30am to 4pm every day.