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Secret Wildlife Festival

Our dedication to Wildlife and the Wildlife Trust

2019 marks our seventh year of running the annual Secret Wildlife Festival. An incredible weekend run in partnership with the Sussex Wildlife Trust to give campers and their families the chance to learn about and interact with wildlife and nature. To date we have raised over £17,000 for the Sussex Wildlife Trust and hope to continue to add to this amount each year. Read on for more information about our Secret Wildlife Festival.

Sussex Wildlife Trust camping

What is The Secret Wildlife Festival?

The Secret Campsite Lewes is very much focused on Wildlife and creating habitats where it can flourish alongside campers. This creates wonderful opportunities for campers to see, smell, touch, hear and sometimes even taste our native flora and fauna. The Secret Wildlife Festival is a weekend to celebrate this. We work very closely with the Sussex Wildlife Trust on a program for the weekend to create a way of introducing our wildlife and nature to the whole family. 

The festival usually runs at the end of June from a Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and an example itinerary looks a little like this:

Friday 

15:00 Campsite opens. Pitch tents and meet your fellow wildlife enthusiasts

19:00 Introduction to the weekend

19:15 Illustrated Talk: All about moths, bats and glow-worms

19:45 Early evening wildlife walk

20:30 Fire up the Moth Trap!

21:00 Astronomy

22:00 Searching for Bats and Glow worms and other nocturnal animals

22:30 Campfire

Saturday 

06:30 Early morning bird walk

08:00 Barbecued bacone rolls on sale at reception

09:30 Moth Trap Opening

10:30 Wildlife Walk in Knowlands Wood

14:00 Bug Hunt and Pond Dipping for Children

16:00 Herbal Medicine talk and walk

17:30 Barbecue fired up to cook your own supper

19:30 Wildlife Talk

20:30 Fire up the Moth Trap!

21:00 Evening walk for bats and owls

10:30 Campfire

Sunday 

10:00 Moth trap opening

11:00 Quest for The Purple Emperor

11:30 Butterfly and Birdwatch Walk

13:30 Caterpillar Hunt for Children

15:00 Pitches all cleared and end of the festival

 

What will I see at The Secret Wildlife Festival?

Well, we can never 100% guarantee sightings but through Tims passion for wildlife and hard work on site since he opened, you’ve got a pretty good chance of spotting some of the following:

Sussex campsites with Wildlife

Common Pipistrelle Bat

Secret Wildlife Festival

Female Glow Worm

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Adder

Camping in Sussex with wildlife

Dragonfly

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Wood Mouse

Camping with wildlife in Sussex

Purple Emperor

These are just a small number of the delights that you might find on site. You’ll be taught pond dipping, go on bug hunts, try woodworking, spot glow worms, herbal foraging, listen for owls and use bat detectors to find the night time hunters. As well as hopefully getting the opportunity to find the ever popular Elephant Hawk Moth. Which you’ll soon learn does like to sit on small campers noses…

Camping at The Secret Campsite Lewes

Elephant Hawk Moth

Who runs the Secret Wildlife Festival?

Although Tim and the team are certainly around and involved we leave the more technical work to the great people of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. This is where we’d like to give a mention and huge thank you to Michael Blencowe of the Wildlife Trust for his continued support and hard work over the years. Without Michael and his team, the festival would not be what it is today and we hope he continues to work with us.

Read Michael Blencowe’s blog on 2017’s Secret Wildlife Festival

Secret Wildlife Festival

Ryan and Michael

How much is a ticket?

Last year tickets cost £78 per adult and £39 per child aged 3-16. Under 3’s should make a £10 donation to Sussex Wildlife Trust on arrival to the festival.

This ticket includes camping for two nights at The Secret Campsite Lewes as well as the full program of activities.

Please note that we do allow more guest than usual on site for the festival so you may be sharing a pitch with another family. Pitches are very spacious.

Interested in joining us this year?

Fantastic! We’d love to have you! At this stage, all you need to do is sign up to our newsletter and keep an eye on your inbox.

Due to the popularity of the Secret Wildlife Festival and the volume of those wanting to book(last year it crashed our booking site!) we’ll be asking those interested to register. After registration has closed there will be a random selection and then we’ll approach you to confirm the booking. So keep a very close watch on your inbox for the registration process and keep your fingers and toes crossed!

Can’t make the Secret Wildlife Festival? Come camping another time! As well as The Secret Campsite Lewes, we also have Beech Estate campsite and our glamping site at Wild Boar Wood. Between these three beautiful sites you’ve got an abundance of nature and wildlife that make The Secret Campsites so special.

 

 

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