Get up close and personal with nature and pop along to the RSPB Binocular and Telescope Open Weekends this August. The charity is running four of these events around Yorkshire - at Fairburn Ings near Castleford, St Aidan’s near Leeds, Bempton Cliffs near Bridlington and Old Moor near Barnsley.
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 in Yorkshire to continue to deliver their wildlife conservation work, advocacy and allows thousands of people every year to get closer to nature.
Dawn Butterworth, Retail Manager at RSPB Fairburn Ings and St Aidan’s said: “At our Yorkshire sites we’re privileged to showcase some amazing natural wonders and unusual birds such as spoonbills at Fairburn Ings, black-necked grebes at St Aidan’s, gannets at Bempton Cliffs and bitterns at Old Moor.
“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 bird watcher.”
John Dyson, Retail Manager at RSPB Bempton Cliffs continued: “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 on our Yorkshire reserves 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 Fairburn Ings, St Aidan’s, Bempton Cliffs and Old Moor are free to attend and suitable for all levels of bird and wildlife watchers.
April Ross, Retail Manager at Old Moor 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.”
For more information on the events in West Yorkshire visit rspb.org.uk/fairburnings or rspb.org.uk/staidans, for East Yorkshire visit rspb.org.uk/bemptoncliffs or South Yorkshire visit rspb.org.uk/oldmoor.