Things to do

Watch the Wildlife

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

Woodland wildlife is abundant in rural East and West Sussex. Both counties support a whole host of wildlife, and woods and trees are home to more wildlife than any other habitat. This means that the Secret Campsites at Wild Boar Wood, Beech Estate and Lewes are great places for people who love nature and who want to do a bit of wildlife spotting. At Wild Boar Wood and Beech Estate you camp in woodland and our Lewes site is surrounded by it.

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

A fallow deer in the field surrounding The Secret Campsite Wild Boar Wood.

Bird species including great tits, long tailed tits and blue tits are at home in the woods alongside woodpeckers, pheasants, owls and many more. You can find out more about the types of woodland birds you might see in our guide to woodland birds.

A common lizard.

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 been found – ask the campsite wardens about recent sightings and they might be able to point you in the right direction to find them.

The woodland wildlife in Sussex also includes many species of butterfly. These can be found in the dappled light of the woods – but also out in the fields surrounding Wild Boar Wood, if they have been left to flower, and in the Ashburnham Flower Meadow of Beech Estate. Other insects can also be found in and around the woodland campsites including dragonflies, ladybirds and other mini beasts – making 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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