Birds around the Secret Campsite

Today i was treated to an inspiring visit  from local bird expert, Charlie Peverett of Birdsong Academy. We were discussing small groups of business people spending time in nature and the encounters that they might experience in and around the secret campsite.

Our tour started by looking around the campsite and identifying great spaces for birds and followed by a quick look at The Hide our covered camp fire area, designed for post trip refreshments around a campfire.

We have landscaped the site to provide a mixture of habitats and ground cover. This mosaic of plants ensure we get a great variety of birds, including Green Woodpeckers, and Goldfinches. The central part of the campooing meadow is kept open and is grazed, each year, by the visiting flock of Shetland and Jacob sheep.

sheep to manage the wildlife in the camping meadow

There was a couple of Buzzards circling overhead so in fear of our lives we decided to head off down the dismantled railway track.

As we left the site we were treated to a few individual Redwings, visiting from Scandinavia and the odd one of our resident Thrushes. The railway is managed by UK Power Networks and they have a great habitat management regime which creates a variety of pockets of varies pants and is also the hot spot for the spring time singing of our visiting Nightingales. At this time of year there are none around. Currently they will be living it up in africa.

We left the railway track and headed into the beautiful Knowlands wood. Knowlands is managed under a coppicing plan and the benefits of this approach are immediately obvious with a huge range of different heights in the understory.

This provides an immensely divers range of plants and we were quickly hearing Bullfinches, Wrens, Jays, Nuthatches and were treated to a disorganised mob of mixed small birds flying past. This group contained Long Tailed Tits, and a number of other birds darting from branch to branch in search of some food.

Venturing onto one of the rides that Knowlands is famous for, we got an uninterrupted view of the clear blue sky with birds criss crossing overhead. With very little wind we were also treated to the songs of a number of birds, which is when Charlies knowledge comes into its own.

We left the woods and walked back along the railway track spotting 3 goldcrests, each of which alerted us to their presence with their distinctive call well in advance of us spotting them.

Back in the meadow we had a fly by from a small group of Goldfinches who are resident in the camping meadow where they feast on the abundant thistle seeds and mixed ground vegetation.

Charlies knowledge and enthusiasm for all things wildlife permeated the conversation throughout the morning when we discussed Black storks, Beavers, Fallow deer and Lynx.

We plan to run some mid week bird walks, aimed at business teams.

It will provide a fascinating introduction into the sites, sounds and lives of a wide range of our native birds.

It will also provide a chance for work colleagues to connect with each other in a unique environment away from the usual distraction of the office.

For a seasonal sign off I was treated to a hop by, from one of our resident Robins, as i walked back to the house for a very late lunch.

24 Hours in Nature – Guided stays

Immersive new experience for businesses

Have you noticed how being outdoors, away from the office, usually brings you closer to elusive answers? For that matter, have you also noticed, that just a short time in nature is good for the whole human, the person and the professional?

At the Secret Campsite, we have created a peaceful new space, The Hide, where groups, who happen to be colleagues, can unite, free their minds and be inspired by the simple wonders of nature.

Business group at 24 Hours In Nature in The Hide

What Happens in 24 Hours

For 24 hours, your team (of 10-15 people) will be immersed together in nature.

You’ll be hosted by a wildlife expert who will introduce the group to a wide variety of species, active at the time of year, it could be snakes, moths, bats, mammals, butterflies or birds amongst many others


Groups will spend slow time on wildlife walks, set up trail cameras, small mammal and moth traps (for later release, unharmed), wonder at the uninterrupted dawn chorus, learn to identify the many unfamiliar nocturnal noises; be jointly mesmerised by flames in the evening fire circle, spot the glow worms and try out bat detectors.

Food and Drink

Simple, locally sourced food is provided, we cater for vegans, vegetarians, and a range of dietary needs, just let us know. This could include Spanish omelette garden salads, Spiced dahl, rice, curry, pakora and chutney, Overnight oats, fruits, yoghurt, nuts and seeds.

Tea, coffee and cordials will be available throughout the stay.


There will be an alcohol-free pay bar available during the evening. We have found that hosting alcohol-free events greatly enhances the experience for visitors and the local residents.


Sleep in one of our three Secret Shelters or pre-erected private bell (or hiking) tents, all with beds.

The Secret Campsite's Tree Tent

Each guest has their own raised frame bed (shelters have futons) and we can provide sleeping bags blankets and pillows if required

What people say

Ollie Pendered CEO Community Energy South

Once its all over we’ll send you a short album of species seen and photographs of the event

Prices and how to book

Prices start from £220 per person, (for 10-15 people). Please contact Tim for more information, or to make a booking.

Alternatively, complete this form and we’ll contact you directly to discuss dates and your specific requirements.