Things to do

Watch the wildlife

There is plenty of woodland wildlife in and around our Sussex campsites. You should look out for deer, foxes and badgers as well as beautiful butterflies and many types of birds.

Watching wildlife - butterflies at the campsite

Rural East and West Sussex are perfect for watching wildlife. Both counties support a whole host of wildlife and woods and trees are home to more wildlife than any other habitat. This means that our two woodland campsites are great places for people who love nature and who want to do a bit of wildlife spotting.

Look out for woodland wildlife including deer, badgers, foxes, rabbits and squirrels when exploring our woods, or other Sussex woodlands. Smaller mammals you might spot include bats, stoats, weasels, wood mice and hazel dormice. These are all commonly found in English woodlands.

watching wildlife - a buzzard at Beech EstateWatching wildlife - great tit at Beech Estate

Bird species including great tits, long tailed tits and blue tits are at home in the woods alongside woodpeckers, pheasants, owls and many more. If you need help identifying the birds you see, head to the RSPB’s website.

Birdwatching at the Campsite

Frogs, toads and newts are sometimes found in the boggier and wetter areas of our woodlands and lizards are sometimes spotted basking on fallen logs and woodpiles. Grass snakes, slow worms and adders have also be seen. Ask the campsite wardens about recent sightings and they might be able to point you in the right direction to find them.

Lizard at the campsite

The woodland wildlife in Sussex also includes many species of butterfly. You’ll often see them fluttering in the dappled light of the woods. Or out in the fields surrounding Wild Boar Wood, if they have been left to flower. If you’re staying at Beech Estate Campsite you’ll likely spot them in the Ashburnham Flower Meadow. Other insects you can find in and around the woodland campsites including dragonflies, ladybirds and other mini beasts. This makes it the perfect place for a bit of woodland educational fun with bug hunting. Take a look at our guide to going on a bug hunt for more information.

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