Enjoy a night under the stars at Dearne nature reserve

(Top left clockwise) Kirsten Broadhead, 11, Lucy Broadhead, six, and Emma Wrightson, six, of Silkstone Common, are at Old Moor Centre learning about habitats in the wetlands. Picture: Andrew Roe
(Top left clockwise) Kirsten Broadhead, 11, Lucy Broadhead, six, and Emma Wrightson, six, of Silkstone Common, are at Old Moor Centre learning about habitats in the wetlands. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Nature lovers are being invited to spend a night under the stars at a Dearne wildlife habitat as part of a campaign to encourage people to enjoy the great outdoors.

Members of the public are encouraged to join in the Big Wild Sleepout at RSPB Old Moor Wetlands Centre near Wath-upon-Dearne on Saturday, July 30, from 7.30pm to 10am the next morning.

A variety of wildlife walks and activities will take place throughout the event, including mammal tracking, songs and marshmallows round the campfire and a 4.30am dawn chorus walk for early birds.

It is part of a nationwide scheme by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to challenge children and their families to go on a mini-adventure and discover what goes bump in the night with the amazing nocturnal wildlife on their doorstep.

And those who are unable to make it to the Old Moor Wetlands Centre are welcome to camp out in their own gardens or outdoor spaces to get close to nature and discover which creatures they share their homes with.

The event at Old Moor Wetlands Centre costs £25 for adults, £15 for children and £20 for RSPB adult members. Places are strictly limited so booking is advisable. For full details contact the visitor centre on 01226 751593 or email old.moor@rspb.org.uk