On the 1st January our neighbours Nick and Harriet Lear conduct a survey of the birds they see in and around Knowlands, the ancient woodland that neighbours our campsite near Lewes in East Sussex.
Nick sends out the results from his bird survey to the friends of Knowlands Woods which makes very interesting reading for the bird enthusiasts and twitchers in the local area. We hope that in time our wildlife landscaping around our camping meadow at the Secret Campsite in Sussex will attract in more birds and a greater numbers of species over time. Nick manages Knowlands to encourage wildlife, and he runs a coppicing programme to ensure a diverse variety of habitats for the different species to thrive in.
Results from this years survey included Green and Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Jays, Coal Tits, Bullfinches, a Kestrel, Long Tailed Tits, Goldcrests, Redwing and Fieldfare, Canada Geese, Buzzards, Yellowhammers and Chiffchaffs amongst many other species. A total of 38 species were recorded with possibloe sightings of a Snipe and a group of Meadow Pipits. We also occasionally see a Barn Owl patrolling the edges of the camping meadow and at night the air is filled with the sound of the many Tawny Owls that live in the woodland surrounding the Secret Campsite in Sussex.