Report from the recent Sleepout Microadventure

On Saturday 30 June 2017 approximately 30 inexperienced Micro-Adventurers took part in a Bivvy Night. The adventurers slept in green survival bags which are usually used in dangerous rescue operations.

Participants arrived at Barnwell Park at 6pm and were taken through a brief by the organiser Claire Faulkner. Following the safety instructions, Richard Chandler, a bird expert took the group around the park, looking and listening out for any interesting species of birdlife. However, during the ramble, the skies opened and it started to rain. Luckily they were able to take refuge in a hide and spotted a kingfisher, the most impressive bird of the park.

Returning to Bivvy HQ and after setting up camp in their designated areas all around the park, the adventurers, with the help of Andy McGibbon set up a moth trap. Returning one again to headquarters for a well-earned hot chocolate served by Claire and her brother, before retiring to their bivvy bag under the drizzly sky.

At sunrise the following morning, thankfully no rain, the adventurers got up and checked the moth trap to find various species of moths, the 5 Tiger moths were the most impressive.

The adventure ended with a buffet breakfast and a strong cup of coffee before departing home.

Many expressed how much fun the experience had been. Pete commented that it was very well organized, the speakers were lovely and that it was an experience he and his young son will cherish for a very long time. Lisa and daughter Ella had a great time and would definitely do it again. Ella particularly enjoyed helping empty the moth trap.

Bivvying is not for everybody but it is a great way to do something different, outside your comfort zone and to challenge yourself.  You never know, it could turn out to be an activity you enjoy and we urge you to try it.

For more information on the next Micro-Adventure, contact [email protected]

Photograph credits to Ella, report by Emilio, both young participants in the Micro-Adventure.