Can you spot the difference between a moorhen and a coot? Are you able to recognise animal tracks or spot the opening to a badger’s sett? If binoculars form a vital part of your camping kit, then you’ll love these parks. Either located close to bird sanctuaries or wildlife reservations, or boasting local sightings of rare breeds, these parks are perfect for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Disserth Caravan and Camping Park, Powys

With resident kingfisher and heron competing with anglers for their share of the day’s catch, buzzards and red kites regularly gracing the thermals over the park, occasional peregrine sightings and hedgerows offering abode to a wealth of smaller birds, Disserth is a birdwatcher’s delight. Otters are frequently sighted on the river Ithon and on at least one occasion, an otter has had the audacity to run across the park in broad daylight, much to the delight of onlookers. On a cloudless summer evening, the unfolding night sky is a joy to behold without white light pollution to interrupt the spectacle. Wake the following morning to joyful bird song, and repeat.

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Loch Ken Holiday Park, Castle Douglas

Loch Ken is a central location for exploring the nature and wildlife on offer in the Galloway Forest Park. Very popular among bird watchers, the park is situated adjacent to the Ken Dee RSPB Nature Reserve where the Parton Red Kite Heritage trail begins just outside the park, leading to a fabulous view point where there have been many sighting of the majestic red kites, osprey, buzzards and more recently a Golden Eagle. Just a short drive away is the Ballymack Hill Farm where you can see red kites feeding. Other birds to look out for include the nuthatch, willow tit, great-spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, sparrowhawk, barn owl, red grouse, black grouse, oyster catcher, greylag and heron. But the sky here isn’t only bountiful during the day; right on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park, the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, Loch Ken is a prime location for astronomers and those keen on star gazing – on a clear night, campers can enjoy an unforgettable view of a star lit night sky.

Polruan Holidays, Fowey

The endless stretches of coastline, craggy coves, woodlands and river estuaries surrounding Polruan Holidays provide fabulous opportunities for birdwatching on this stretch of the Cornish coastline. With an enviable reputation for spotting rare breed and species, this is especially the case in late summer and Autumn when migrant birds are blown off course as they cross the Atlantic Ocean. Around Fowey you can find wading birds such as lapwing, snipe and curlew; riverbank birds such as kingfishers and heron; sea cliff puffins and the return of the official county animal of Cornwall, the Cornish Clough. Birds of prey are a common sight too and you’re likely to see buzzards, kestrel and falcons soaring on high.

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Halse Farm and Westermill Farm, Exmoor

Exmoor is famous for the endangered Exmoor pony, and with direct access from Halse Farm onto Winsford Hill, you are sure to see these beautiful creatures in their historic natural habitat. Similarly situated in the heart of Exmoor is Westermill Farm, a family run working farm a secluded valley. Visit the nearby Exmoor Pony Centre where you can meet ponies at first hand and perhaps go for a ride. If you’re lucky, you might be able to join supporters of Exmoor National Park ‘Wild Watch 2017’ and help monitor cuckoo sightings. Despite a national decline across the UK, cuckoo populations in Exmoor are thriving. Exmoor is also home to golden ringed dragonfly, dormouse, kestrel, Atlantic grey seal, red kite, grey wagtail red admiral, adder and free bumblebee.

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Holme Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Holmfirth

Holme Valley works tirelessly to keep the running of the park as green as possible. Promoting camping as an ecologically sound way of holidaying, they believe that guests, having chosen to holiday in the outdoors, should be able to enjoy the wildlife they are lucky to have on and about the park; from the squirrels in the woods to the ducks on the small lake, and herons, dippers and kingfishers on the river. Having been awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award for 18 consecutive years, Holme Valley was also awarded the David Bellamy Special Distinction Award.

Silver Sands Holiday Park, Lizard

Since 2005, Silver Sands Holiday Park has gained the coveted David Bellamy Gold Award. Granted in recognition of the park's commitment to the preservation of the Cornish natural, the park encourage wildlife such as bats and badgers by use of low-level solar lighting around the park, and allowing hedges to go undisturbed during the nesting season. Also many of the plants are specifically friendly to moths, butterflies and other insects. The Lizard Peninsuula is renowned for spotting rare breed migrant birds and observing wildlife and wildflowers too.

Bingham Grange, Bridport

The Dorset Coast around Bingham Grange is a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. Rivers, beaches, heaths, hills and vales provide home to a variety of flora and fauna, with much being done by conservation trusts to protect and encourage these treasured habitats. With squirrels, badgers, otters mink, butterflies, kingfishers, adders, kestrel, foxes, deer, there’s so much to see. Many different birds are attracted to the varied environments at RSPB Lodmore (large reedbed, open water, saltmarsh, wet grassland and bushes), and at RSPB Rapidole Lake you’ll see well known birds such as house sparrows, finches and robins alongside rarer breeds like Ceeti’s warblers and bitterns; it’s an ideal site for beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike.

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Rowlands Wait, Bere Regis

Rowlands Wait is a peaceful, tranquil countryside park with a lot of character, fine mature trees, mown grass and thick hedgerows. Its idyllic location and natural environment provide home to an abundance of wildlife of all shapes and sizes. You can frequently see rabbits running around the caravans and children’s play area, you might catch glimpse of foxes or a snuffling badger, and if you are up bright and early you may even catch the deer eating the flowers! Venture into the surrounding woods and heathland for the opportunity to see many rare breed birds and animals.

Tanner Farm Park, Marden

Tanner Farm is committed to conservation and caring for the environment and wildlife has always been a key vision for the park’s development. Its 36 acres are a haven for wildlife and wild flowers; in late spring guests are treated to the thousands of bluebells in the woodland area and in the summer the beautiful wildflower border flourishes to encourage bees and butterflies. Having held a David Bellamy Award Gold Award since 2001, you’re likely to see a host of wildlife within the park and on the numerous beautiful, countryside walks that can be accessed directly from the campsite. You can follow footpaths around rural fields, up to the woods or down to the river or do a combination of all three. If you do the river walk, look out for the kingfishers and if you are very lucky you might see a mink. The park’s farming history is upheld with a collection of pigs, sheep and a pony to encourage children to gain firsthand experience of animals in their natural environment. The Easter holidays are a family favourite as the piglets and orphan lambs arrive; one of the highlights for guests of all ages is the opportunity to bottle feed the lambs, a memorable once in a life time experience.


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  • Rowlands Wait Touring Park

    left quotesright quotesWonderful site was exactly everything we look for in a site, dog friendly, children friendly nice little play area, lots of space, clean facilities. Walks from site were a bonus and in an ideal location for tourist activities. Highly recommended and were made to feel very welcome by the helpful cheery owners.

    5 StarsLinda Tyson

  • Manor Farm Caravan Park

    left quotesright quotesWent last year, can't wait to go back. Lovely little place. Hidden gem. Tina the owner is lovely, comes to see you before you leave. It’s the perfect little retreat. Love it.

    5 StarsEllen Candlin

  • Tanner Farm Park

    left quotesright quotesI love this site. It's set in beautiful surroundings and there are useful shops just down the road in the village, although I wouldn't touch the Chinese takeaway there with a barge pole (had food from there once and it was vile). The pitches are an excellent size and the park definitely doesn't feel crowded. All facilities are clean and well maintained.

    5 StarsAlan Smith

  • Bingham Grange Touring & Camping Park

    left quotesright quotesJust got back from another great stay at Bingham Grange, couldn't fault a thing, food in restaurant was top class and loads of it, wonderful friendly staff and great amenities. Loved the pitch, so well maintained. See you again soon!

    5 StarsBrian and Anne Willows

  • Plas Gwyn Caravan Park

    left quotesright quotesFantastic place! Home after lovely weekend, fantastic place to take the caravan for few days. Great site well looked after clean and tidy. Friendly place to stay. Close to Caernafon, Llanberis plenty to see and do, Will be going back again in the spring.

    5 StarsRachael G

  • Westermill Farm Holidays

    left quotesright quotesWent last year, can't wait to go back. Lovely little place. Hidden gem. Tina the owner is lovely, comes to see you before you leave. It’s the perfect little retreat. Love it.

    5 StarsEllen Candlin

  • Forest Glade Holiday Park

    left quotesright quotesSuperb hidden gem of a site with just enough to keep all the family entertained while so being a good Base to explore the rest of Devon from. Friendly and helpful staff and a really enjoyable holiday.

    5 StarsJohn Cowell

  • Silver Sands Holiday Park

    left quotesright quotesOur favourite family holiday. We've been returning year after year, camping as a group of four families. The site is beautifully clean and tidy, nothing is too much trouble for the amazingly helpful owners and the location is perfect for exploring one of the most stunning parts of Cornwall. We love this place!

    5 StarsJo Cooper

  • Holme Valley Camping and Caravan Park

    left quotesright quotesAmazing campsite, really well looked after. The kids playground, river for paddling, duck pond and picturesque walks make this one of the best I've been to in the UK. Huge thanks to whoever runs this place.

    5 StarsRowan White

  • Disserth Caravan and Camping Park

    left quotesright quotesHad a lovely long weekend at Disserth this summer. The site has everything you could need and it sits in a wonderful peaceful little valley. The wildlife is amazing and we saw many red kites. We will definitely be going back next year.

    5 StarsRon Edwards

  • Loch Ken Holiday Park

    left quotesright quotesA lovely family friendly campsite. I imagine it's quieter out of season but even during the bank holiday weekend the facilities were clean. Very good facilities for all, great parks for the kids, rope swing, walks and spectacular views. Site is on the loch which is lovely. Recommended.

    5 StarsMat Bailey

  • Riverside Holidays

    left quotesright quotesFantastic site with beautiful surroundings and right by the river. The site is well kept and the wardens are fantastic and will always go out of their way to help you. Also a good base for exploring the south coast. We stay numerous times a year as always made to feel so welcome.

    5 StarsRachel Price

  • Polruan Holidays

    left quotesright quotesMy favourite campsite and one I return to often! Very friendly, clean and well maintained. The owners are very helpful and welcoming. I can't recommend this place enough. Wonderful spot for relaxing. Great location for walkers too. Right near the coast and across the estuary from the usually busy Fowey.

    5 StarsMatthew Batten

  • Halse Farm Caravan & Camping Site

    left quotesright quotesThis is an excellent campsite. A friendly and informed welcome in the heart of Exmoor. The site has great facilities and stunning views. WiFi was free and provided a good signal. Don't be put off by the farm tag it's all well managed and separate from the camping area. Overall an excellent campsite and one we will visit again.

    5 StarsNathan Burden

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