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Last modified: 12 July 2013

Feet sticking out of tent

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On  August 10, RSPB Coombes Valley is inviting families to spend a night in nature’s home on Saturday August 10.

Wild campers are invited to come and pitch their tents at 4pm on Saturday 10 August at the RSPB’s Coombes Valley nature reserve and de-camp at 10 am Sunday 11 August.

For RSPB Members, the cost of the Big Wild Sleepout is £24 for an adult and £10 for a child, for non-RSPB  members it will cost £30 for an adult and £15 for a child.  The price includes a communal campfire with baked potatoes, s’mores and a wild rustic breakfast.

The RSPB  is encouraging people to spend a night in nature’s home and discover the secret night-time world on their doorstep, as they take part in the RSPB’s brand new Big Wild Sleepout.

Rachel Edwards, spokesperson for RSPB Coombes Valley said: “This event comes at a time when it’s never been more important for people to take action, however big or small, to care for the places Britain’s wildlife calls home.  

It’s sure to be a great night with campfire food, games and stories, and a great atmosphere”.

Wild activities will include an evening walk into the heart of the reserve listening for owls, watching for bats and seeing what else is on the move. Fingers crossed for clear skies as the reserve makes a brilliant spot for star-gazing!

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 or

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Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are amongst those suffering serious declines. We can all help by giving nature a home where we live.

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