Orkney are you ready for a Big Wild Sleepout?

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Orkney are you ready for a Big Wild Sleepout?

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Orkney are you ready for a Big Wild Sleepout?
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Last modified: 26 July 2016


Grown-ups and children alike are in for a treat this month as RSPB Scotland is urging nature lovers to spend a night under the stars for the RSPB’s annual Big Wild Sleepout.

For the fourth year running, the charity is encouraging children and their families across Orkney to sleep out in their own gardens or outdoor spaces to get close to nature and discover which creatures they share their homes with.

Big Wild Sleepout takes place over the last weekend in July and with the late sunsets and early sunrises in store there will be plenty of fun-filled hours for people of all ages to set up camp and spend a memorable night in nature.

Whether it be in tents or caravans, getting back to basics in dens and shelters or even ‘roughing it’ under open skies and a blanket of stars, there are Sleepout styles to suit everyone. 

The Big Wild Sleepout is part of the RSPB’s ‘Giving Nature a Home’ campaign [note 1], which is aimed at inspiring everyone to do their bit for nature, wherever they live and however big their outside space. In addition to spending a night in nature’s home and getting to know the night-time wildlife around them, those taking part can choose to donate money to help the RSPB give nature a home.

James Harding-Morris, Big Wild Sleepout organiser said: “Thousands of people across the UK will be going on a mini adventure and getting closer to wildlife in our fourth Big Wild Sleepout event. Our main aim is to get children and grown-ups connected to nature to help safeguard it for future generations and what better way to do this than spending a night under the stars and getting to know the amazing animals that thrive in the dark. Nature is in trouble and by taking part in Sleepout and sharing your experiences with the RSPB, we’re getting a deeper understanding of the wildlife around us, as well as helping to give nature a home.”

Rohan, designer and supplier of outdoor clothing and footwear, has leant its support to Big Wild Sleepout for the second year running. [note 3]

Roger Cann, Managing Director for Rohan, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this year’s Big Wild Sleepout again as getting people outdoors, discovering local wildlife and having fun whilst doing so is something Rohan supports. 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.”

Sign up for a Big Wild Sleepout pack and register to take part at rspb.org.uk/sleepout. Participants will be invited to let the RSPB know once they’ve taken part and to share their experiences on the website and on social media using #BigWildSleepout.

How you can help

The Big Wild Sleepout is all about spending a night in nature’s home to raise money and help save our wildlife. Join family or friends for a fun sleepout in your back garden or at your local RSPB reserve.

Source: RSPB News

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