Tim Bullen is the owner of The Secret Campsite and has been busy planting 300 new native trees on his site. What drives Tim is to create an environment that offers guests nature, peace and space while allowing wildlife to flourish. The work Tim has done to the site has already encouraged species back which now also need looking after as well as their paying guests!
The species you can spot at The Secret Campsite include; adders, great crested newts, glow worms, the Purple Emperor butterfly, dormice in the neighbouring woods and the amazing nightingales.
Did you know that nightingales don’t nest in trees… but instead it builds its nest on or just above ground level. So it looks like they won’t be staying in one of our Tree Tents…
Great advice from Tim when it comes to landscaping and planting your site is that:
“It is really important to plant native species from the area as these will always benefit wildlife. The best thing to do is to identify the habitat and area you are in and then speak to your local wildlife trust for some free advise on what to plant to help local species”.
For more information on your local wildlife trust check out the Wildlife Trust site.
An example of knowing what to plant to help local species is Tim planting Alder Buckthorn at The Secret Campsite as it is a food source for Brimstone caterpillars.
Early entomologists referred to the Brimstone butterfly as the ‘butter-coloured fly’ from which it is thought the word butterfly was derived. A nice little fact to share!