Why do we call ourselves an eco campsite? Does eco mean ‘green’? What is ‘green’?

From our perspective, it means that we try to be kind to nature, to encourage wildness, to provide habitats for wild creatures and to encourage our visitors to do the same.

We live on a small peninsula with a Special Area of Conservation to the South, and a number of Special Areas of Conservation to the North. We are acutely aware of the biodiversity loss… biodiversity meaning the rich web of nature consisting of the tiniest little plant or insect up to the largest Whales in our oceans.

Nature is not there to be tamed, but to be admired. How can we do that? well, we are constantly trying to find ways to do that.

Conserve and Protect

We manage a 10 acre native woodland here providing a small number of pitches within the emerging nature reserve. Kevin keeps the trails clear and they are well defined with hand crafted wooden trail markers. We keep another approx 10acres wild and we know by the ‘runs’ created by foxes and badgers, that this is an important habitat for them. Snipe and Woodcock and more recently Water Rail use our rushy land to bed down and our reed bed and willow marsh surely hosts a multitude of creatures yet to be discovered.

Keeping things natural rather than manicured

We do try to give a good example in our management of the site here. We keep things wild and have an abundance of wild flowers from Spring to September with a host of insects, bees and hoverflies. We don’t use weedkiller. Yes it would make things so much easier and the place would look so much tidier. But… it would be a lot less interesting.

Raise awareness/Educate

We try to run an intimate camp site here where we get to spend time with people during their stay and have open discussions about the practicalities of trying to be a bit more eco conscious. Knowledge is a 2-way street. We learn so much from our guests.

Waste – Water – Energy

The key here is less…. produce less waste, use less water and energy. We capture water in rain water harvesting tanks that work quite well for flushing our toilets. Our big ‘shed’ and toilet block has a raft of solar tubes converting the suns heat into warm water for showers. We have separate bins for waste including compost and encourage guests to be very waste conscious when disposing of rubbish.

A Solstice Fox

From 12 days of Christmas 2022/2023 Day 1: A Solstice fox As we enjoy our Christmas fare, spare a thought for all our wildlife. Daytime sightings of the Fantastic Mr. Fox are rare, but Winter hardship can force daylight foraging. Just think about their challenge of...

The 12 birds of Christmas 2021

#1 Santa's robin, a favourite for many. This robin was in the bushes waiting for an opportunity to collect the crumbs left by the other birds on the feeder. #2 Goldfinch - Lasair choille (Wood or Forest Flame) Easy to see where it got its name. This confident little...

Barn Owl Box

Barn Owl Boxing So, it seems that there is no bad time to put up a barn owl nest box. Something like planting a tree, with the best time being 20 years ago and the second-best time being now. Procrastination is the Thief of Time (and my constant companion) I had...

A frog blog 😉

Spring has sprung! We all have our cues for the changing of the seasons. Cues for Spring are especially welcome, be it the first wild primroses or the deep-throated chorus of frogs. For me, the frogs are especially welcome, as they promise a couple of months of...

The making of ‘Pure Stuff’ cider

🍏 Pure Stuff 🍏 came from the Purecamping orchard in the haggart by way of the few apples that the crows chose to share with us. It's a brew that takes some effort so it doesn't happen every year. Thanks to Tony for being the catalyst in 2020. We had to have at least...

How do I feel about shooting in 2021? – An update added to the end 🙂

A tough question in some ways, as it asks me to comment on the pastimes of some of my close neighbours and my relations. It was a question that I was prompted to ask recently when I saw a new sign posted at Querrin crossroads. It's easy for me to condemn shooting, but...

A busy day in October

So, a busy day it was on the 22nd October... a water rail during the day, a special performance by a Pine Marten, followed just over an hour later by the Fantastic Mr. Fox reading the news as laid out by the Pine Marten. We've been spending more and time observing the...

5 Best Veggie Camping meals

After many years of camping ourselves watching our Purecamping guests in action cooking up a storm for their friends and families, we have come up with 5 easy, delicious and practical meals that you can prepare while camping.


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