Families can enjoy a Big Wild Summer together at RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

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  • Families are invited to enjoy a Big Wild Summer with a series of fun, nature-filled events at RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve in West Sussex.
  • The nature conservation charity is also encouraging everyone to help Respect, Protect and Enjoy the outdoors by visiting their nature reserves and the countryside responsibly this summer holidays.

It’s been a long year of lockdown and to celebrate a return to exploring nature with loved ones, RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve in West Sussex are inviting families to enjoy a Big Wild Summer this year. Throughout the school holidays the attraction will host a series of fun, nature-themed activities to help families discover nature at their local RSPB nature reserve or whilst escaping the everyday on a staycation.

From pond dipping and exploring fascinating family trails, to getting to know the reserve’s amazing moths, plus so much more – RSPB Pulborough Brooks has something to help the whole family spend precious time together, reconnect with nature, and make happy memories outdoors once more.

Throughout the holidays families can pick up a Big Wild Summer Activity Bag from the Welcome Hub (£3.50 each) and choose one of the fun self-guided trails to discover some of the amazing wildlife that calls RSPB Pulborough Brooks home.

Family sessions of Pond Dipping and Bug Hunting are also taking place each week and tickets can be booked here: events.rspb.org.uk/bigwildsummer

The RSPB Pulborough Brooks shop also has a range of nature-themed goodies available for the family to take home and remember their big wild summer day out. Visitors can also give nature a home in their own home with an RSPB bug hotel, nestbox, bird feeder, or butterfly wildflower seeds. Or perhaps treat the family to some binoculars or a telescope, a bug ID kit, or wildlife book so to continue to explore the nature on your own doorstep.

The nature reserve’s on-site café has a range of hot and cold food and drinks available for takeaway, 10.00am-4.00pm.

Anna Allum Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve said: “We’re excited to welcome families back to RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve for a summer of fun, nature-themed activities, after a really challenging year for everyone. With our exciting range of Big Wild Summer events, and our shop and cafe, we can provide a fantastic day out connecting with wildlife and having fun outdoors together.”

As everyone is keen to get back out into their favourite places in nature or discover new ones on staycation, the RSPB is encouraging people to visit their nature reserves and the countryside responsibly this summer holidays.

Anna added: “As we all return to the countryside, we’re asking visitors to help our ground nesting birds and other wildlife by watching their step. Over half of England’s most threatened breeding birds nest on or near the ground, and our nature reserves are a safe space for many of them along with other vulnerable wildlife. We’re reminding visitors to please follow the Countryside Code and additional guidance at individual sites to Respect, Protect and Enjoy the outdoor spaces they love. Simple acts such as keeping to the paths, keeping dogs on a lead, and taking litter home make a huge difference to protecting wildlife and the experience of other visitors. If we work together, we can create some wonderful memories in nature and help protect it at the same time.”

For more information about the nature reserve and facilities, visit:  www.rspb.org.uk/pulboroughbrooks


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