THINGS will be looking up for bird watchers and stargazers this Saturday.

The RSPB is inviting visitors to gaze at the stars after watching waterfowl roost as the winter sun sets at Old Moor nature reserve, Dearne Valley, near Barnsley.

Staff and volunteers at the nature reserve will be welcoming people to join them for a guided walk to see the reserve’s winter wildfowl come in to roost.

Afterwards guests can join members of Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society (MSAS) who will give visitors a close-up view of the stars, as part of the BBC’s Stargazing Live event.

Liane Holdsworth, visitor officer at RSPB Old Moor, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for people to watch two amazing natural spectacles.

“Seeing our stunning winter wildfowl come in to roost against the backdrop of the setting sun is an awe-inspiring sight.

“Add to that the chance to look deeper into the night sky with the help of the experts and we have a wonderful evening in store.”

The RSPB, which has an office in Denby Dale, and MSAS began working in partnership in 2010 and together have shown over 1,000 people the nature on the reserve.

Les Marsden, chairman of MSAS said: “This partnership between RSPB Old Moor and our society has proved over the years that we can show the public the best that the skies have to offer.”

There will also be some short presentations of astronomical footage before the stargazing begins, along with a demonstration of a real time planetarium.

Advice will be available on stargazing telescopes and binoculars for the beginner and expert alike.

Home-made soup and warming drinks will be available to purchase on the night with all proceeds going into conservation.

The event will begin at 3pm with a guided walk around the reserve before the stargazing which ends at 6.30pm.

For further information, or to book a place (essential), call 01226 751593 or visit