Go wild this summer at RSPB nature reserves

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A female RSPB staff member leading a bug hunt, showing findings in a large net to a young boy participating in the activity, on a sunny day

Summertime buzzes with wildlife. Bats and dragonflies zip through the air, hunting for prey. And it’s lizard egg-hatching time, when young common lizards, sand lizards and slow worms make a break for it. The long days hum with activity and there’s so much to see in the great outdoors.

A female RSPB staff member leading a bug hunt, showing findings in a large net to a young boy participating in the activity, on a sunny day

The best place to experience all the summer fun?

RSPB nature reserves, of course.

 

Throughout the summer holidays, nearly 40 of our reserves are celebrating the season with a host of Big Wild Summer activities for explorers. See what’s beneath the surface while pond-dipping and head out to hunt for creepy crawlies on a mini bug safari. Or, sign up for a pyjama party or Big Wild Sleepout where you’ll snooze under the stars, get up close with nighttime wildlife, and brush up on your campfire skills!

Our Big Wild Summer trails will help you roam our reserves and our special Wild Detective packs will keep kids entertained. Inside, you’ll find you'll find an activity pack full of ideas to explore the outdoors – a certificate, pencil, nature game and themed recipe card so you can discover nature both on your visit and at home.

Big Wild Summer events can be enjoyed at participating reserves across the summer from 1 July. Dates and times at each reserve may vary. 

To start your adventure and find out everything you need to know about Big Wild Summer events and activities, including locations and prices, head to rspb.org.uk/bigwildsummer.

 

Adventures with the LEGO Group and Wild Challenge

You can also explore nature and enjoy lots of wild, fun family activities with Wild Challenge. This is a great way for your family to connect with nature, take action to save it and earn awards as you go.

We’ve teamed up with the LEGO Group to get you started with two activities: Nature WOW and Upcycle for Nature. Plus, with other exciting activities including rockpooling, bug safaris and pond dipping, there’s plenty to fill your summer. Take up your Wild Challenge today and maybe you could make gold!