RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve, near Castleford, is inviting visitors to discover how they use the right equipment to get close to nature, at a free Focus on Nature event this weekend.
Binoculars and telescopes are tricky to understand, particularly when trying to balance quality and price. On Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 December, 10 am - 3 pm, Viking Optics expert, Rob Whyatt, will be on hand to decode the jargon, offer advice on current equipment and help understand what to look for in optical equipment.
Families are also encouraged to get involved with a free craft session making cardboard binoculars. These are great to use out on the reserve and can help children look that little bit closer at nature.
Sally Granger, Visitor Experience Officer, said: "Binoculars are an essential piece of equipment for any birdwatcher, but they are a really personal item and what is right for one person might not fit another.
"As they are such a popular Christmas gift, this event is an opportunity to get hands-on advice from an expert and find the right pair for you."
This December young visitors will also be able to get into the festive spirit throughout the school holidays with a free 'Festive Discovery' quiz trail running 17 December - 6 January. Anyone who returns their completed answer sheet can collect a special sticker.
No booking is necessary for these free events, for more information please contact RSPB Fairburn Ings visitor centre on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01977 628191. More information can be found on the reserve website www.rspb.org.uk/fairburnings