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Take a snooze, on the wild side...

Last modified: 12 July 2013

Feet sticking out of tent

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For the first time ever, the RSPB is inviting families to discover the secret night-time world of Middleton Lakes nature reserve on 10 August, as they take part in the RSPB’s brand new Big Wild Sleepout.

Wild campers are invited to come and pitch their tents at 3 pm on Saturday 10 August and de-camp at 9.30 am Sunday 11 August.

For RSPB Members, the cost of the Big Wild Sleepout is £24 for an adult, £10 for a child, for non-RSPB members it will cost £30 for an adult and £15 for a child.  The price includes a meal at 7 pm in Middleton cafe and light continental breakfast, an optional cooked breakfast is available at an additional cost.

Chris Edwards, the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout organiser, says: “I can’t wait to welcome families to our Big Wild Sleepout this summer. 

“Imagine if you settled down and heard an owl calling, a badger snuffling or peaked out of your tent and saw a bat feeding overhead. We’ve got some brilliant activities on offer too!”

Activities will include an evening wetland walk to discover what wildlife comes out once the gates are closed, moth traps to reveal the amazing variety of moths, stargazing if the skies are clear, followed by stories and marshmallows round the campfire.

To help encourage even more people to sleep out, the RSPB has joined forces with Blacks, the outdoor retailer.

Ken Reeve, CEO of Blacks, says: “Blacks is extremely proud to be part of this tremendous initiative. We are wholly supportive of any campaign that encourages more people to engage with nature and we see the Big Wild Sleepout as an ideal platform to encourage families to experience the outdoors together.”

The Big Wild Sleepout is part of the RSPB’s new Giving Nature a Home campaign which is aimed at inspiring everyone to provide a place for wildlife wherever they live and however big their outside space is.

Participants will need to bring their own camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, pegs, mallet, torch, sleeping mat, warm clothes, waterproofs) along with tea and coffee, mugs, plates and cutlery. Water and milk will be provided for drinks. Wild campers are asked not to bring camping stoves.

NO DOGS are allowed at this event. Booking is essential and is taken through the RSPB’s  Midlands Regional Office , Lucy Brown Tel: 01295 676443 lucy.brown@rspb.org.uk.

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