Call­ing all na­ture-loving night owls

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

Dis­cover the se­cret world on your doorstep by sleep­ing out in the great out­doors, while fundrais­ing for na­ture. Put up a tent in your gar­den, build a makeshift shel­ter or, if you’re brave enough, sim­ply sleep out un­der the stars. That’s the in­vi­ta­tion from the RSPB, which is or­gan­is­ing the Big Wild Sleep­out next month. It’s be­ing held over the week­end of Au­gust 9 to 11, and of­fers par­tic­i­pants the chance to sleep out, hear night sounds, breathe in the night air and mar­vel at the night sky. The event will also be rais­ing money for con­ser­va­tion projects across the UK through spon­sor­ship from fam­ily and friends. Reg­is­ter a page with Just­Giv­ing and fundraise for the coun­try’s threat­ened wildlife. It’s a sim­ple way to get closer to na­ture by ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the elu­sive night-time an­i­mals that live near you. From build­ing your own dens and midnight feasts to torch­light sa­faris and bug hunt­ing, the RSPB says it has lots of ideas and ac­tiv­i­ties to help peo­ple en­joy their sleep-out.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Big Wild Sleep­out see www.rspb. org.uk

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