Get up close and personal with nature and pop along to the RSPB Binocular and Telescope Open Weekends this August. The charity is running two of these events in Lancashire - at Leighton Moss in Silverdale and the Ribble Discovery Centre at Fairhaven Lake.
The events run on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August from 10am-4pm, when a variety of binoculars and telescopes will be on display for visitors to try out, as well as friendly, impartial advice from the knowledgeable team of staff and volunteers.
Not just for wildlife experts, RSPB reserve shops stock a wide range of equipment suitable for different skill levels. The range includes RSPB and Viking binoculars and telescopes as well as other premium brands such as Swarovski and Leica.
Money raised through purchases at these events helps the RSPB reserve teams to continue to deliver their wildlife conservation work, advocacy and allows thousands of people every year to get closer to nature.
Vicki Hickman, Retail Manager at Leighton Moss said: “At our Lancashire sites we’re privileged to showcase some amazing natural wonders including rare birds like bitterns and marsh harriers at Leighton Moss and internationally important flocks of wading birds at the Ribble Discovery Centre.
“Our Binocular and Telescope Open Weekends are very popular and take place across many RSPB reserves. If you haven’t been before, they’re fun, friendly and interactive events designed to help you select the very best kit for your needs – whether you’re new to wildlife watching or an experienced birder.
“Instead of trying out the equipment in a store where you may not spot anything of interest, testing the kit out surrounded by natural sights and sounds really helps you identify the best investment for your needs.
“If you fancy a pair of binoculars or a telescope for the family to spot nature in your own garden, or something to make your summer hikes or cycle rides that little bit extra special – pop along, our visitor experience team would love to welcome you to our wonderful site. You don’t need to book, just drop-in.”
The events on 3 and 4 August at Leighton Moss and the Ribble Discovery Centre are free to attend and suitable for all levels of bird and wildlife watchers.
Ben Hall, Retail Manager at the Ribble Discovery Centre added: “We bring in extra staff and volunteers during Binocular and Telescope Open Weekends who are on-hand to offer advice and tips, so feel free to drop-in with any questions.
“Of course, our shops are open all year round, so don’t forget your local reserve team is always around if you have a question about your kit or want to upgrade.”