We have lots of woodland birds at Beech Estate Campsite and in the areas surrounding. Campsite birdwatching is another of the great activities you can take part in at our site, whether you are a seasoned twitcher or a novice with an eye for nature.
Woodland birds in Sussex are usually easier to hear than to see but with a little patience, most birdwatchers will be rewarded. East and West Sussex offer rich habitats for birds from the heathland of the Ashdown Forest to rolling countryside and, of course, woodlands like the ones at Beech Estate Campsite.
All of our campsites have an abundance of woodland birds.
Species you are likely to see around the campsite and in the woods include; great tits, blue tits, long-tailed tits and marsh tits, chaffinches, blackbirds, robins and dunnock. More difficult to spot, but common in the woodlands, are blackcaps and wrens. One of the smallest birds found in this country, wrens are usually found on or close to the ground. At the other end of the scale, pheasants are probably the largest birds commonly seen at Wild Boar Wood and Beech Estate Campsites.
The cooing sound of another of the larger woodland birds, the wood pigeon, is very familiar in the woodland. It is often followed by a loud flutter of wings as, despite their size, these birds are easily scared. The noise of woodpeckers tap-tap-tapping on the trees can also add to the chorus of natural sounds in Sussex woodlands. You can look out for woodpecker holes in dead trees and tree trunks at our campsites. Green and great spotted woodpeckers are seen at all of our Sussex campsites.
We also frequently hear owls in the woods. It’s when adult tawny owls call to each other that you here the distinctive twit-twoo so often associated with owls. The owls have been known to breed in our woodlands too but the sound of a young tawny owl is quite different – as many of our campers will testify. The young tawny owl squeaks, rather than twits or twoos, its request for food.
Nonturnal birds at the campsites
A nocturnal visitor to some Sussex woodlands for a few months in the summer is the nightjar. These kestrel-like birds have a very distinctive call and prefer open areas in woodlands and conifers. Nightjars have been heard and their silhouettes seen swooping through the glades at Beech Estate by a lucky few. Read more about them in one of warden Theresa’s blog posts from 2015.
The RSPB has an A-Z bird identifier including some sound clips of bird songs and the Sussex Ornithological Society has more detailed information on Sussex birds.
Of course, our beautiful campsites have far more wildlife than just the birds in them. Check out our page on wildlife spotting to hear about other animals you might see on a stay here. For all other things to do whilst at Beech Estate Campsite, see Things to do.