Happy campers for happy wildlife

What creatures will you spot if you take part in the RSPB's Big Wild Sleepout?
What creatures will you spot if you take part in the RSPB's Big Wild Sleepout?

Families in Montrose and Angus will carry on camping for wildlife this summer by taking part in the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout.

From June 16, until June 22, the nature conservation charity is encouraging people across the region to spend a night under the stars to find out which creatures they share their homes with, and raise money to help protect them.

Gardens and outdoor spaces across Scotland will play host to all kinds of campers – adventurous campers will be building and sleeping in dens and shelters, some will stick to the traditional tent, others plan to sleep on their garden trampoline and some will just venture outdoors and sleep under the stars.

As well as getting their sleepouts sponsored to raise money and help save wildlife, everyone taking part can also do a range of activities, such as den building, torchlight safaris and bug hunting.

All of the money raised will go to help give nature a home. £20 could buy a nestbox for starlings, £30 could pay for a GPS tag to monitor where a seabird flies to find food and £60 could keep water voles “plopping” as it dives into water.

To help people get the most out of their wild night out, the RSPB has produced a free fund raising pack full of everything you need to host a successful sleepout.

It contains lots of fun ideas to make raising money really easy.

For those that don’t have a garden or if you don’t fancy a whole night in the outdoors, you can join in a Big Wild Sleepout event on a range of nature reserves.

With special night time activities like outdoor cooking, stories round the campfire and night time strolls, this is the ultimate summer sleepout experience for those looking for a wilder time.

A full list and a fund raising pack, if you wish to have your event sponsored, is available on the event website www.rspb.org.uk/sleepout.