Big Wild Sleepout July 13 2019
The Big Wild Sleepout at RSPB The Lodge nature reserve July 13 2019
Come for a night camping under the stars and connect with nature as the nocturnal wildlife comes to life at The Lodge reserve. Join in with bat walks, see what spectacular moths we trap and search the night skies with the help of the Sandy Astronomical Society. Bring your acoustic musical instruments to play around the camp fire and finally, go off to sleep, perhaps to the sound of tawny owls hooting, or foxes and deer barking around you!
Booking essential - limited pitches available.
Date Set up from 5pm Saturday 13 July 2019 to approx 10am Sunday 14 August
Location RSPB The Lodge Reserve (Gatehouse/shop) Potton Road, Sandy, Beds SG19 2DL ( Please note- SatNav does not take you to reserve entrance)
Number of spaces available; Approx 20 tents (Max approx 50 people)
Age range; A family event. No limit on ages, but the terrain is rough (not on tracks) for wheelchairs and prams.
Pricing per person; Adult RSPB member £22 Adult non-member - £24 Child (under 16) RSPB Wildlife Explorer member - £11 Child (under 16) non-member - £12 Under 5’s free.
Price includes camping, parking and all activities.
Must be paid in advance through Eventbrite only.
Provided; Toilets and hand washing facilities ( c 5 mins walk) Camp fire maintained by staff
Evening Activities; Twilight walks stargazing, campfire, morning walk, music- if campers bring own acoustic only instruments
Morning activities Reserve walk Check the moth traps
Meals Food: Fish & Chips (at camper’s own expense) , or bring your own food ( no bar-b-ques permitted). Sunday morning breakfast bap and unlimited tea and coffee £3 pp. Please note; We will send an order form for fish and chips. All food orders and payments by cash after meeting and setting up at the event.
Not provided Electricity Camping equipment Shower facilities Tent installation!
Meet in Gatehouse overflow car park Parking in nearby extension overflow or field, but not next to your tents.
Campers list to bring ;tent - pegs, mallets, ground sheet, camping mat, pillows and sleeping bag. Warm clothes, suntan lotion (hopefully we'll need it next morning!).
A change of clothes - wash bag, toothbrush, good strong walking shoes/boots, torches, drinking water, drinks, snacks, cutlery, plates, mugs, camera/binoculars/bat detector, insect repellent, RSPB membership cards, Acoustic (only) instruments
Dogs or other pets
To wander off from group
To camp on any other night except the Big Wild Sleep Out events
Lighting of any fires /holding BBQ's. Campervans/caravans
Do not leave any rubbish behind
No large all boy/girl groups. No drugs or excessive alcohol.
Saturday Erect tents from 5 pm. Join either (or both) the bat or moth group which involves walking on both level and steep ground, and stargazing held close to the campsite.
Sunday Breakfast- check moth traps, morning walk Take down camp for approximate 10 am end on Sunday.
Risks; rough ground – boots and reasonable fitness. Weather – appropriate clothes and boots.
If bad weather is forecast we will decide on cancellation by the Thursday preceeding the date and inform all attendees. Refunds will only be issued in the event of cancellation.
For more information; Phone Mark Brandon 01767 693253 if any further info is required.
In the unlikely event that we need to cancel the event, or should we need to contact you beforehand, please give us your regular contact number through Eventbrite, or by email to Mark above. Thank you
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