Big Wild Sleepout to celebrate our wildlife

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Nature lovers can find out more about wildlife - with hot chocolate and marshmallows as a treat.

The RSPB centre at Saltholme is one of the places taking part in this year’s Big Wild Sleepout event which encourages people to sleepout overnight and find out which creatures they share their homes with, while raising money to help protect them.

Big Wild Sleepout runs from August 7 to August 9 and people can do anything from pitching a tent or building a shelter in their back garden, or head to RSPB Saltholme.

The wildlife reserve will be joining in on Saturday August 8, from 7.30pm.

People can explore Saltholme after closing time and there will be lots of opportunities to discover more about the wildlife that comes out after dark.

Activities will include a twilight walk and a hands-on bat detection event with local bat expert Ian Bond. The evening will be rounded off with a mug of hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows on the bonfire.

Advanced booking is essential for this event, which costs £8 for adult RSPB members and £10 for adult non-members, and £4 for children RSPB members and £5 for children non-members.

To book up, email saltholme@rspb.org.uk or telephone (01642) 546625.

Sarah Houghton, Big Wild Sleepout organiser, said: “Whether you’re camping in a back garden or attending your local RSPB reserve event, we hope that thousands of people will be getting closer to nature and be inspired to help save it.”