Sleep under the stars with RSPB Cymru

Eleri Wynne

Friday 15 July 2016

RSPB Cymru's Big Wild Sleepout: 29 - 31 July 2016

Grown-ups and children alike are in for a treat this July as RSPB Cymru is once again urging nature lovers to spend a night under the stars for its annual Big Wild Sleepout.

The charity is challenging children and families across Wales to go on a mini-adventure, get wild and discover what goes bump in the night with the amazing nocturnal wildlife on their doorstep.

For the fourth year running, happy campers across the country are being encouraged to sleep out in their own gardens or outdoor spaces to get close to nature and discover which creatures they share their homes with.


The Sleepout's takes place over the last weekend in July, and with the late sunsets and early sunrises in store, there will be plenty of fun-filled hours for people of all ages to spend a memorable night with nature.


In addition to camping out at home, organised Sleepout events are taking place at RSPB Cymru nature reserves across the country (note 3). Be it in the tranquil woodlands of RSPB Ynys-hir or the wonderful marshes of RSPB Conwy and RSPB Newport Wetlands, there's a wild adventure to suit everyone - from stargazing, pond dipping and stories around the campfire.

Campers are also in for a special Sleepout this year as they're invited on their very own island adventure on Flat Holm Island off the coast of Cardiff (note 4). For the second year in a row, Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff (note 4) is arranging for visitors to discover nature's treasures and enjoy a family camping trip like no other. Surrounded by the beautiful Severn Estuary, campers will be able to enjoy pirate-sized views of distant lands, hunt for minibeasts on a shoreline safari and fall asleep to the sound of breaking waves.

Eleri Wynne, RSPB Cymru Communications Officer, said: "Hundreds of people across Wales will be going on a mini adventure and getting closer to wildlife in our fourth Big Wild Sleepout event. As we climb into bed and our heads hit the pillow, outside our windows nature is wide awake, so rather than sleep indoors this summer we'd like to encourage families to enjoy the fantastic wildlife around them and join our minibeasts and moths for the evening."

Whether it's glamping in tents or caravans, getting back to basics in dens and shelters or roughing it under open skies and a blanket of stars, there will be memorable Sleepout's to suit the whole family this July.

Sign up for a free Big Wild Sleepout pack and register to take part at www.rspb.org.uk/sleepout. Participants will be invited to share their experiences on the website and on social media using #BigWildSleepout or #CysguDanYSer.

1. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations. www.rspb.org.uk/wales
2. About Rohan - Rohan, designer and supplier of outdoor clothing and footwear, has leant its support to Big Wild Sleepout for the second year running. Founded in 1972 in response to bulky, heavy and uncomfortable traditional outdoor clothing; Rohan prides itself on gear to keep you protected and comfortable in the world's wildest places. Rohan make clothing that is lightweight but durable, highly packable and fast drying, which means you can take less, travel lighter and get more done. Rohan is proud to partner with RSPB for Big Wild Sleepout 2016. For more information visit www.rohan.co.uk and www.rohantime.com
3. RSPB Cymru is hosting Big Wild Sleepout events across its nature reserves in Wales. For further details on each individual event please follow the links below:
RSPB Conwy
RSPB Newport Wetlands
RSPB Ynys-hir
4. Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff is RSPB Cymru's flagship project delivered in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council and funded by Tesco customers through the Welsh Government's carrier bag levy. The project aims to engage over 15,000 children and their families across Cardiff with wildlife; encouraging them to connect with the nature on their doorstep and take action to support it. For the second year running, the project is hosting Big Wild Sleepout on Flat Holm Island, in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council. For more information about the event please click here.
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