Supported by Rohan, the outdoor and travel clothing specialists, the RSPB is encouraging families across the UK to get together, get wild and discover the weird and wonderful wildlife on their doorstep
Taking part in Big Wild Sleepout counts towards your Wild Challenge, the RSPB’s new, free, year-round adventure for families.
For the fifth year running, thousands of children and their families will be pitching their tents and rolling out their sleeping bags to get closer to nature and discover which night time creatures they have on their own doorstep by sleeping out in their gardens or outdoor spaces.
The event takes place over the last weekend in July. It is a simple, free, fun activity for people of all ages to take part in.
Paul Birmingham, the RSPB’s Wild Sleepout Co-ordinator, said: “Night time provides an exciting wild world to explore. From bats, moths and minibeasts to late night singers and marvellous mammals. We’re calling on families across the UK to go on a nocturnal adventure – get together, get wild and discover the amazing night life on their own doorstep.
“Whether you’re a seasoned camper, occasional glamper or just fancy an evening exploring your wild space before returning to your home comforts, there’s something for everyone. We’ve got loads of ideas and resources to help you create your very own wild night. And by taking part in the Big Wild Sleepout, you’ll be taking more steps towards your Wild Challenge, the RSPB’s new, free, year-round nature adventure for families.”
The Wild Challenge is the RSPB new online awards scheme encouraging families to go out and get closer to the natural world.
By completing activities ranging from minibeast safaris and habitat exploring to making a compost heap and planting for wildlife, participants can log their achievements on to the RSPB Wild Challenge website and collect bronze, silver and gold awards.
The RSPB is also organising sleepout events across the UK for those who don’t have a garden or who want a wilder time in some truly inspiring locations! With special night time activities from food and stories around the camp fire to a night time stroll, this is the ultimate summer sleepout experience. All events are different and a full list is available on the RSPB website.
Paul added: “With the amount of time children and families are spending outside in nature in decline, experiences like the Big Wild Sleepout are amazing opportunities to get out and discover the wildlife that surrounds us all. The chance to connect and experience the wonders of nature should be a part of every child’s life and the RSPB Big Wild Sleepout is here to help every family start their own wild adventure.
Rohan, designer and supplier of outdoor clothing and footwear, is supporting the Big Wild Sleepout for the third year running.
Scott Longstaff, Managing Director of Rohan, said: “We’re delighted to be involved and supporting this year’s Big Wild Sleepout again. Getting people to spend time in the great outdoors, discovering local wildlife and having fun whilst doing so is something Rohan encourages. Whether it's wrapping up warm with base layers or waterproofs to keep the rain out, the RSPB's novice or experienced naturalists can kit themselves out for a night in the wild, whatever the weather.
For lots of fun ideas, activities and tips to help you have a wild night out, go to: www.rspb.org.uk/sleepout
The website went live on 2 May, with registration opening mid June. Big Wild Sleepout is FREE to take part in.
To start your Wild Challenge adventure go to: www.rspb.org.uk/wildchallenge