The RSPB is challenging families to take their first step towards their Wild Challenge this summer by spending a night in nature with the RSPB’s annual Big Wild Sleepout at Fairburn Ings near Castleford.
Children and their families are encouraged to pitch their tents and roll out their sleeping bags to get closer to nature and discover which night time creatures can be found on the reserve at this behind-the-scenes event, taking place 28th to 29th July.
Abbie Sellers, Visitor Experience Officer at Fairburn Ings said: “Many people come and enjoy Fairburn Ings during the day, but it is not often you get the opportunity to discover it after dark. From bats, moths and minibeasts to dusk birdsong and marvellous mammals, there’s a whole host of night time wildlife that calls Fairburn Ings home. We’re calling on families to come on a nocturnal adventure with us – get together, get wild and discover the amazing night life here.”
Families can also take part in their own Big Wild Sleepout at home during the summer holidays. The RSPB provide loads of ideas and resources to help create a wild night. By taking part in the Big Wild Sleepout, participants are taking steps towards the RSPB’s Wild Challenge, a free, year-round nature adventure which offers an online awards scheme, encouraging families to go out and get closer to the natural world.
By completing activities ranging from sleepouts, minibeast safaris and habitat exploring, to making a compost heap and planting for wildlife, participants can log their achievements on the RSPB Wild Challenge website and collect bronze, silver and gold awards.
Abbie added: “With the amount of time children and families are spending outside in nature in decline, experiences like the Big Wild Sleepout are amazing opportunities to get out and discover the wildlife that surrounds us all. The chance to connect and experience the wonders of nature should be a part of every child’s life and the Big Wild Sleepout event at Fairburn is here to help you start your own wild adventure. We’ve planned some special night time activities from bat detecting and bushcraft to stargazing, this is the ultimate summer sleepout experience.
The event costs for children are £25 (£20 RSPB members), and for adults are £30 (£24 RSPB members). Booking in advance is essential via Eventbrite, search for ‘Big Wild Sleepout 2018.’
More information on this event and others at Fairburn Ings can be found at rspb.org.uk/FairburnIngs.
To start your Big Wild Sleepout adventure go to: www.rspb.org.uk/sleepout