What screeches, swoops, and skuttles under the cover of darkness? With the nights drawing in, staff and volunteers at RSPB Old Moor near Barnsley are inviting families along to take part in a spooktacular Wild Things trail this half term.
Available every day from Saturday 27 October - Sunday 4 November, families can pick up a quiz sheet at the visitor centre between 9.30am-4.30pm and follow the self-led trail to discover more about the weird and wonderful creatures of the night that call Old Moor home. There are stickers to collect at the end and it is free to take part, though normal admission charges apply to non-members.
There are also Wild Challenge backpacks and pond dipping kits available to hire every day (£2.50 per pack), for budding nature detectives to uncover fascinating creatures.
Why not pop along on Halloween (fancy dress optional), Wednesday 31 October at 11am or 2pm for a potion making adventure (£3 per child). Grab a broomstick and wand to discover the magic of the reserve and then, head to the spooky activity zone to make a wormery to take home.
All of these activities contribute to the RSPB’s Wild Challenge online awards scheme, encouraging families to get closer to the natural world, completing fun, wildlife related activities, learning about nature and earning awards.
This season boasts one of the best spectacles in the Dearne Valley, as thousands of ducks, geese and wading birds arrive from their breeding grounds to spend the colder months here, so there is plenty to spot. Head out on a relaxing dusk walk with a knowledgeable guide on Saturday 27 October at 3pm – 6pm, booking essential (£10 per adult or £8 for RSPB members), to witness autumnal wildlife coming into roost.
Visitors can also enjoy a delicious selection of hot, home cooked meals in the reserves farmhouse cafe, as well as a selection of freshly made sandwiches, hot and cold drinks plus a range of snacks.
Venue: RSPB Old Moor, Old Moor Lane, Wombwell, South Yorkshire, S73 0YF
Contact: For further details visit rspb.org.uk/OldMoor or phone the visitor centre on 01226 751593