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RSPB invites people to join lockdown version of annual Big Wild Sleepout

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is asking people to take part in a lock-down version of its annual Big Wild Sleepout
Marie Louise McConville

THE Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is asking people to take part in a lockdown version of its annual Big Wild Sleepout.

The charity's most popular event, due to take place on Saturday, usually brings families together to camp out under the stars at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra, Co Down.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic it is this year asking people to take part either by setting up camp in their gardens or indoors in their living room.

It will also be providing a host of online activities, guides and live sessions on Facebook throughout the afternoon and evening to keep families entertained.

The idea is for people to get to know the secret world of nature that comes to life when the sun goes down.

Joanne Sherwood, director of RSPB NI, said: "Over the past few weeks, many of us have been noticing the nature that is blooming all around us.

"Night-time provides an exciting wild world to explore.

"From bats, moths and minibeasts to late night singers and marvellous mammals. RSPB NI is inviting families to learn more about their fascinating world by taking part in Big Wild Sleepout at home, whether that is from a tent in the garden or a blanket fort in the living room."

For further details see www.rspb.org.uk/bigwildsleepout.

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