Posted 13th Apr 2014
Gather your family and friends as from 16th to 22nd June the RSPB will be hosting their biggest summer event, the Big Wild Sleepout!
Encouraging thousands of nature fans to spend a night or two under the stars, the Big Wild Sleepout offers a chance to get up close with wildlife like never before. From stargazing with grandma, bug bonding with dad and a bat safari with mum, to a barbecue with the neighbours, a moonlight walk and songs around the campfire, the Big Wild Sleepout provides an exciting opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the nocturnal splendour of the great British outdoors.
Sleep out in your own garden, at an RSPB reserve or at a number of camp sites, parks and commons that will be playing host to all kinds of campers and look out for foxes, badgers, owls, glow worms, moths, bats and so much more on your adventure. Head online to www.rspb.org.uk/sleepout and find a sponsored activity to partake in, including torchlight safaris, den building and bat tracking, ready for your night under the stars. Every sponsored activity will help raise money to save wildlife – £20 could buy a nestbox for starlings, £30 could pay for a GPS tag to monitor where a seabird flies to find food, and £60 could keep water voles 'plopping' as they dive into water. Simply pitch a tent or even build your own den and you're ready to go!
The RSPB has plenty of information on what wildlife species can be seen at night whilst camping, plus recipes for camp fire cooking, fundraising ideas and tips on where to spot bats, bugs and night-time birds. There is no better event than the Big Wild Sleepout to help children connect with nature and encounter wildlife on their doorstep, discovering nature together with their family. Not just for the little ones, the Big Wild Sleepout has also proven popular with adventure trekkers, walkers, cyclists and other lovers of the countryside who have pitched their tents in some iconic upland, wetland, shingle beach or healthland spots. To find out how you can get involved simply visit www.rspb.org.uk/sleepout. Happy camping!