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Join Blacktoft at Bedtime

Last modified: 12 September 2013

Hunting barn owl

A beautiful barn owl, gliding silently over the reedbed as it searches for food.

Image: Nigel Blake

For a wildlife-packed evening, spend bedtime in nature’s home at RSPB Blacktoft Sands this autumn.

As the sun sets over the stunning honey-coloured reedbed, the reserve looks a picture of peace and tranquillity. But a closer inspection reveals things are far from quiet in this busy natural housing estate.

Over the coming weeks, staff at RSPB Blacktoft are running a series of special bedtime guided walks where they will introduce visitors to the reserve’s magnificent marsh harriers and elegant wading birds as they prepare to bed down for the night.

As this inspiring bedtime story unfolds against Blacktoft’s stunning natural backdrop there is always the chance of a fairytale ending: a beautiful barn owl, gliding silently over the reedbed as it searches for food.

Mike Andrews, visitor officer, said: “At a time when most people are dreaming of their duvet, the birds and beasts of Blacktoft Sands are busy feeding or searching for a suitable place to roost. So, if you want great views of our stunning wildlife before they turn in for the night, then this special evening event is definitely for you.”

The walks take place on Saturday 28 September, Saturday 5 October and Saturday 12 October from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

To book your place call the reserve on 01405 704665. Cost is £4 per person.

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