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10 of the best UK holiday ideas for nature lovers:

Our pick of the top 10 most spectacular places to visit and outdoor activities for a wildlife-centred holiday you’ll never forget!

 

You can camp at a zoo in Jersey!

We repeat - you can camp AT A ZOO! How cool is that?

Luxurious glamping pods in a variety of geodesic styles can house a family of four, each complete with wood burning stove, private shower and WC, and an outside deck area enjoying views across the famous park exhibits. If you can tear yourself away from the exotic wildlife the breathtakingly rugged coastline is just a few minutes walk nearby.

Durrell Wildlife Camp at Jersey zoo offers an experience every bit as rare as some of the endangered species within the park...”

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Book a Seafari 

Jersey Seafaris provide regular boat trips, tours and charters around Jersey’s beautiful coastline and offshore islands, giving you the chance to experience one of the biggest tidal ranges in the world and discover hidden wonders around every corner.

On any of the Jersey Seafaris excursions you may be lucky enough to witness some of the wide variety of marine life that resides along Jersey’s rocky coastline and surrounding waters. Sightings of dolphins and seals are common on Jersey Seafaris and you’ll have the chance to observe and learn about the fantastic birdlife around Jersey’s shores, which includes puffins, fulmars, colonies of shags, oystercatchers, waders, gulls and wildfowls. Jersey Seafaris take the conservation of this area very seriously and follow the Jersey Marine and Coastline Wildlife Watching Code.

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Pay a visit to the Red Kite Feeding Station

Llanddeusant Red Kite Feeding Station was opened in the summer of 2002 by a local partnership with support from the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Welsh Red Kite Trust and various other notable wildlife organisations and individuals. The centre is designed to fit naturally into the landscape and to provide bird lovers the ideal opportunity to witness Red Kites, Buzzards and other birds feeding.

Stay at the nearby Cuckoo Camping site (adults only).

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Try camping in the forest 

Located on the edge of the Forest of Dean, famed for it’s population of wild boar, Bracelands campsite is open all year, allowing you to pitch your tent in nature’s best surroundings whenever you like.

You'll soon see beauty wherever you look, whether it is watching the evening sun set over the woodland canopies in the distance, or seeing the first glimpse of morning light piercing the trees at daybreak. Bracelands is a stone's throw from many of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley’s greatest attractions including, less than two miles away, the famous Symonds Yat Rock which offers striking views of the River Wye wending its way through the gorge. It's a perfect spot for lunch, so don't forget your picnic...

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Wake up to New Forest ponies!

Ashurst campsite is a rich blend of the true forest camping experience alongside traditional open pitches. Dotted with ancient oaks, which become denser as you close in on the forest’s edge, it's a site where you can truly soak up the New Forest ambience and enjoy it's unique character.

Ashurst campsite boasts 280 standard pitches, ranging from open spaces to peaceful secluded spots amongst the trees. Regardless of where you camp, you’ll always have a piece of the beauty within reach.
Set on the edge of a small area of woodland known as Ashurst Wood, our Ashurst campsite is a short walk from Matley Heath, an expanse of New Forest heathland criss-crossed with tracks perfect for walking or cycling. You can take off straight into the forest on foot, meaning you’re never far from the local flora and fauna, a relaxing stroll or the opportunity to explore.

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Ace Hideaways

Tucked away in the Findhorn Valley (Morayshire, North East Scotland) you’ll find camping and glamping hideaway spots to suit couples, families or groups of friends, and a whole host of exciting outdoor activities, a stroll from your doorstep or canopy. From peaceful scenic walks to the drama of white water rafting, there’s something for everyone.

Stay in one of four spacious bell tents tucked among the trees, sleeping up to seven people each, for couples wanting something extra special two shepherd’s huts await, or bring your own tent and try woodland camping.

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Farne Islands, Northumbria

Stunning rocky islands, habitat for seals and many species of seabird, the Farne Islands are one of the natural highlights of the Northumbrian coast.

For a unique wildlife experience, visit between April and July when the puffin breeding season is in full swing. Find out more>

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Take a boat trip to a seal colony 

Seal trips to Blakeney Point in North Norfolk are a spectacle you won’t forget and suitable for all ages (including well behaved dogs).

Taking one of the many daily trips from Morston Quay, you get as close up as you will ever get to seals in their natural habitat but without disturbing them or their surroundings. Booking highly recommended during the Summer months!

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Experience life ‘on the edge’!

As one of Europe’s last untouched natural habitats, the Outer Hebrides offer visitors an experience they will never forget on the edge of the expansive wild Atlantic ocean. The beauty of the area is world-renowned as evident by Wanderlust travel magazine featuring the Outer Hebrides as one of the top 100 Greatest Travel Experiences – the only area in Britain to make the list!

Spectacular wildlife to see includes Otters, Ponies, Red Deer, Golden & White-Tailed Sea Eagles, Puffins, Seals and even Whales, Dolphins & Basking sharks if you’re lucky enough! 

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Get hands-on and make a difference

Wild Days provide wonderful, friendly and fun nature conservation holidays UK for people who want hands-on experience of wildlife conservation and research. You could be out in the countryside surveying voles, shrews and other small mammals, or you could be making new habitats for butterflies and orchids. Perhaps you’ll be investigating wildlife after dark! Discover nature up-close, develop new skills, and help the environment - "Like living in Springwatch for a week!”

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