This weekend is the RSPB Big Wild Sleepout. – Swap your home for nature’s home and discover a secret world of wildlife.
It is a great chance to find out what goes on outside when you are normally tucked up in bed.
As the sunset across the field, two Fallow deer emerged out from the maize to graze. A single hare lolloped down the farm track stopping every so often to listen for predators.
The Rooks had already settled for the night but a solitary Crow sat on the fence post, surrounded by insects looking like tiny little lights in the sun set.
My mum, my sister and I started by toasting marshmallows over an open fire while looking out for bats. We saw a couple but not nearly as many as last year.
As we were settling down the first visitor to our garden appeared. In the fading light a small dark blob trotted down the path showing up against the pale slabs. A young hedgehog.
As we lay on our campbeds, we had decided not to sleep in a tent so that we could experience more of the sights and sounds of the night, we listen to the sounds of the hedgehog crunching on snails.
A second sound of rustling could be heard coming from the flower bed, perhaps there were two hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are very noisy eaters.
Out in the field, Badgers churred and Tawny owls called to each other. Nearer to us unseen creatures scampered around the trees and grass. Our garden isn’t very quiet during the night!
As we lay on our backs listening to the sounds of the night, some of which we couldn’t identify, we watched as the clouds broke and the stars came out. Six shooting stars shot across the sky, some quickly, some at a steady pace.
During the night the temperature dropped and when we woke all our bedding was damp.
It was great to sleep out (or not sleep) but I’m sure I’ll be catching up on some sleep this afternoon.