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Go Wild(life), Go Wigwam!

Tuesday 07 June 2016 @ 00:00

Even though the UK is densely populated in parts, the British wildlife doesn’t mind sharing the natural landscape with us. And we are most definitely a nation of nature lovers!

Programmes such as BBC’s Countryfile, organisations such as the British Wildlife Trusts and the plethora of local nature groups such as Wildlife Watch indicate the popularity of spotting a peregrine, a pipistrelle bat or a peacock butterfly by all and everyone.

Local wildlife in Hampshire

Watch out for Mr Darcy at Chawton Park Farm Wigwams - although he's really a big softy.

It’s hard to avoid nature in the British Isles. Wherever you live, you’re never far from a river, woodland, the coast or even a local public park.


And don’t worry if you don’t know your ladybirds from your skylarks, as there’s countless way of helping you become a wildlife enthusiast.


Take the #30DaysWild campaign that runs throughout June, organised by the Wildlife Trusts.  This month-long event challenges participants to do something wild each day for 30 days

And by taking a ‘staycation’ in the UK, you could combine your wild streak as you unwind, take stock and get back in touch with Mother Nature.

You can holiday the nature-lovers’ way by camping or glamping, both of which offer the chance to chill out in the great outdoors within ear shot of a hooting owl or two!

Crate Building at Whitewave Wigwams and Activity Centre

You can get pretty wild at Whitewave Wigwams on the Isle of Skye.


 Why not go glamping?

The national glamping accommodation provider, Wigwam® Holidays, has over 70 sites across the UK and its timber cabins offer heated, insulated comfort with nature often on the doorstep.


Waren Mill in Northumberland includes Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) along with views of Holy Island, the Cheviots and Bamburgh Castle. The area is a haven for red deer, red squirrels, butterflies, hares and many other species. The Northumberland Coastal Path passes through part of the site, and the path is now designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Humble Bee Wigwams is a working farm. Humble Bee embraces its Yorkshire Wolds location by teaming up with Yorkshire Coast Nature who take guests on Owl Walks, Bat Watches and Bug Hunts from February to October.

Luxury glamping weekend

Turn up and everything is ready for you and you'll not worry about a thing except getting wild.


Travelling a further south, Hill Farm and Orchard Wigwams in Buckinghamshire has several beautiful National Trust Estates close by including the Ashbridge Estate, famous for its captivating ‘carpets’ of bluebells in the springtime.

Heading over to glorious Cornwall, Tehidy Wigwams has been awarded the top David Bellamy Gold Award for seven years in a row, and is set in peaceful woodland near the rugged coast from which you can even spot sharks at certain times of year.

Black Hall Leisure Wigwams in spectacular Shropshire is just one mile from the famous Offa’s Dyke, one of the nation’s impressive National Trails.

Moving back up north, how about trying a bit of twitching? Wallsend Wigwams in Bowness on Solway is located close to Campfield Marsh a wetland paradise with spectacular views of the Solway Plain.

And if you want a truly wonderful wildlife experience, then head to Skye Forest Garden Wigwams that offer their Skye High Wildlife Guided Walks during which you could spot an otter, a golden eagle or even a pine marten!

Glamping-SkyeShulista Croft recently featured in the Visit Scotland 2016 campaign. You can see the Northern Lights there often during September and March.

So why not go ‘au naturel’ for a day or two? Guardian writer Rachel Dixon tried it who found her ‘Wild Wednesday’ experience intense and addictive.

And there’s nothing better than saying to your friends, ‘Can you hear that corn bunting’ when you hear birdsong on a weekend walk. They will be very impressed that you’re so in touch with our natural world!

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