Stars and birds session at RSPB Old Moor

A STARGAZING session at a nature reserve proved so popular that its organisers are putting on a repeat.

Families flocked to the Old Moor bird-watching spot in Manvers last month for the event organised as part of the BBC Stargazing Live project.

And the RSPB is welcoming visitors back to the reserve on Sunday for another session dubbed Stargazing: Constellations and Cormorants.

Starting at 4pm and going on until 7.30pm, the evening’s entertainment will include astronomy tips from the Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society and plenty of bird-watching opportunities.

A spokeswoman said: “The evening will start with a choice of three walks to our hides to watch our wonderful winter wildfowl come in to roost. 

“You may even see the barn owls return to their nests or even our elusive bitterns settling down in the reed beds. 

“Following the walks the astronomy society will be on hand to show you the wonders of the night sky through their powerful telescopes.  

“In the classroom will be amazing film footage of the stars presented by the astronomy society. 

“Meanwhile in the visitor centre there will be a demonstration of a planetarium to show you the wider planetary systems. 

“And up in our cafe, you will be able to watch new footage of earth from the International Space Station while you warm up with soup and hot drinks”

The session is free but donations to the RSPB and MSAS will be gratefully received.

Booking is essential either by telephone 01226 751593 or by email to [email protected].

Those taking part should wear wear warm clothing and walking shoes or boots.


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