FAMILIES are being encouraged to go wild at RSPB Old Moor’s ‘Big Wild Weekender’.

Over the weekend of August 3 and 4, the reserve is inviting children and their families to immerse themselves in nature and explore areas of Old Moor not normally accessible to the public - with the helping hands of staff and volunteers to guide them.

Events and activities over the weekend include moth trapping, sunset safari, owl pellet dissection, face painting and campfires.

Danielle Meyer, visitor experience manager at Old Moor, said: “Families enjoy visiting the reserve throughout the year, but on this occasion, we are giving the chance to explore areas of the reserve previously unvisited by the public and providing exclusive access to the reserve when it is usually closed.

“Families can experience a unique opportunity to discover more about nature, celebrate the wonderful wildlife and have an amazing wild adventure here.

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“Children and families are spending less time outdoors so experiences like the Big Wild Weekender are amazing opportunities for them to get out and explore the outdoors like some have never done before.

“The chance to connect with the wonders of nature should be a part of every child’s life and the Big Wild Weekender event is this summer’s ultimate nature experience, here to help you start your own wild adventure.”

Families can also take part in their own ‘Big Wild Sleepout’ at home during the summer holidays, which ties into the RSPB’s year-round Wild Challenge - which sees people completing activities such as minibeast safaris, exploration and planting for wildlife to earn bronze, silver and gold awards online.

Tickets range in price for a whole weekend ticket for children starting at £10 and adults £20 to single day tickets starting from £5 for children to £10 for adults.

Book your place on eventbrite.co.uk by searching for ‘Old Moor’ or phone 751593.

To start your Wild Challenge and Big Wild Sleepout go to www.rspb.org.uk/WildChallenge