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Nature and how we can help

In the last couple of weeks I have attended a couple of very forward thinking and inspiring events. Both were less than 10 miles from the Secret Campsite. One was in Brighton and the other along the coast either side of Rottingdean. We live in a very forward thinking area and Sussex based organosations are […]

Secret Wildlife Festival 2020

We have just confirmed the date for this years Secret Wildlife Festival. The festival is in its eight consecutive year and is run in conjunction with Sussex Wildlife Trust. To date, we have raised in excess of £18,000 for the Trust. This money helps to fund the Trust’s work to preserve and conserve the threatened […]

Big Garden Bird Watch

I love this part of citizens science and every year I get really excited to sit down for an hour. All i need to do is observe which of our feathered friends elects to pay s a visit. Big Garden Bird watch is the RSPBs annual plea for us to record the birds that visit […]

Trees around the campsite

Winter it is a great time to see the different shapes of our native trees. When we first set up the Secret Campsite in 2012 we planted a huge number of trees using a grant from the Woodland Trust. The Woodland Trust is a charity set up with the aim to encourage people to plant […]

Woodland around the campsite in winter

Initially, it seems to have gone very quiet here on the campsite and in the surrounding woodland. The trees are bare, we hear no insects buzzing, there are no bats flying. Amphibians and reptiles are nowhere to be seen. However, despite the appearance of dormancy, if we pay attention, we realise that nature still seems […]

Forage and Harvest

Summer seems to have quickly turned into deep Autumn. Worse still, Winter feels very much as though it’s looming just around the corner. As the days get cooler its easy to yearn for the warmer and brighter days of the Summer months. But, we’re doing our best to revel in the darkness of this time […]

Tawny Owls fill the woods with hoots

The Secret Campsite is surrounded by beautiful and lovingly managed woodland, in particular Knowlands Wood. Knowlands is managed as a private nature reserve by owner Nick Lear and his family. Lots of native creatures spill out of Knowlands on a daily basis and campers get the chance to encounter them. During our mini summer getaway, […]

Whats happening above ground around the campsite

Its really easy to spend the day with your head down dealing with things infront of you. Its very invigorating to take a break from this and start to look upwards and forwards. Sometimes this is where all of the fun can be had Foraging By day we’re peering up into the crowns of trees. […]

Dormouse moves in next to the campiste

We have some exciting news! In the last two weeks of September we spotted a Hazel dormouse, just outside the campsite! Michael and Katherine, who are ecologists from the Ecology Consultancy Bakerwell Ltd and are based at The Secret Campsite, had the lucky encounter during one of their lunchbreaks. Sadly, we didn’t manage to catch […]

Visitors to The Secret Campsite

At this time of year we love the enormous variety of visitors who spend a little time with us at the Secret Campsite in sussex photo Chris Cloake Some of these visitors are campers looking to escape their busy lives for a few days. But, most of them are locals. For some of these more […]

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