After short and not very arduous negotiations we have finalised the plans for this years Wildlife Festival run by Sussex Wildlife Trust and the enigmatic Michael Blencowe who runs the Lewes  Community wildlife project. It promises to be a feast of entertainment for all ages, so read on and see some of last years action where you raised…. Last year it rained on the Sunday morning, but undeterred we still found moths and mammals. The campsite has some fantastic wildlife to enjoy including the glow worms which are great to look for as night falls over the camping meadow and a variety of different bats which we can listen to, using the bat detection monitors that Sussex Wildlife Trust kindly bring along to the event. The final agenda will be published nearer to the date once Michael has finalised talks etc but you can book tickets now using the link.
In 2013 we found the very rare Scarce Forest Tubic so make sure you bring sunglasses, your magnifying glass and some calming salts.
You can make a booking using the Book Now button at the top of the screen and choosing the 1st July for 2 nights. I see that you are all booked up, my daughter came last year with some friends and she had a fantastic time. I will add you to the list of people in case we get any cancellations and sorry that it seems to have sold out so speedily this year. Hi, Would love to join the wildlife event so please let me know if you have any cancellations. Hi Laura, Thanks for your message, i’ll add you to the list which is very full at present so very unlikely that a spare space will pop up but please sign upnfor our mailing list as they are the first people to hear when we post the event in January.

In order to encourage lots of wildflowers into the camping meadow at the secret campsite we need to avoid grasses becoming to dominant in the sward and thus hindering the germination of flower seeds that were dropped and shed from plants in the camping meadow during the summer.
In order to create a varied wildflower meadow at the campsite, we graze back the grass over the winter which helps flower seedling to get established early in the season. In order for the sheep to stay here at The Secret Campsite and not to set off on a tour of Sussex, I have been putting in the fencing posts for the temporary fencing. The fence is powered by a car battery that is charged up using the solar pv system on the barn roof. The campsite will be closed for normal camping over the weekend with only attendees at the event being able to camp. Would you be having another of these weekends at all, we are booked out with school and Brownie acvities this weekend and are so disappointed they all clash – ahh life – but if you were to hold another could you let me know? The event takes place on the 1st-3rd July here at The Secret Campsite 4.5 miles from Lewes in East Sussex. Under 5’s should make a donation of ?6 to Sussex Wildlife Trust at some point over the weekend. Please can you put us on your waiting list in the vain hope you may get some cancellations. If you do have a few more cancellations please could you contact us, we really really would love the chance to experience the weekend. Ah well never mind, if you have some space can you please let us know Tim, thank you and see you at the end of June.

There is much talk at the moment about the importance of wildflower meadows and the help that they provide to pollinators such as bees and bunblebees who are in increasingly high demand as their numbers continue to fall. We use an electric fence to keep them in which can be taken down once they have finished their work. During the weekend Michael Blencowe will be running a series of talks and walks with the opportunity to meet local experts on butterflies, bats, birds, astronomy and plants. The event will run from Friday evening until Sunday lunchtime and we will have a number of experts discussing different species and habitats and taking us on walks throughout the weekend and also setting moth traps etc.
We do still have spaces left for the Wildlife Weekend and you can make a booking online at the website by clicking on the the book now button at the top right of the page. This is the fourth year we have hosted the festival at The Secret Campsite and as before we will have a packed agenda of events and talks to cram into the 2 days.
This years festival will be running along very similar lines with moth trapping, bat and bird walks, lots of bug catching in the camping meadow, forest craft skills and some mammal traps that are always great fun.

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