Due to the location of the Campsite, on the Ashdown Forest, there is many varied wildlife on the site.
Please remember that you share the site with them and respect the habitat they live in.
Below are some creatures that may grace you with their presence.
Do NOT attempt to handle a live badger, deer or fox. They can all inflict severe injuries.
Ticks & Lyme Disease
In long grass and bracken there is a risk of encountering ticks. The ticks are most active and likely to bite exposed skin in the early summer. Ticks are found where there is a combination of dead vegetation or leaf litter and passing host animals e.g. wild deer. A tick is the size of the head of a pin, but becomes up to 5mm long after feeding.
Signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease: The usual advice given is to suspect Lyme Disease if a round or oval, expanding, red rash develops within 3-32 days after a tick bite and is accompanied by a flu-like illness. If you suspect you may have the symptoms after having been exposed to ticks, seek medical advice promptly
Wasps, Bees, Hornets
Please note that the site is a ancient woodland and in the areas of the site with dense woodland nests may be present. If you are planing to play games in this area ensure that all persons are aware of the hazard.
If you find a baby deer (fawns) on site do not touch or move it. The adult deer will leave them hidden in undergrowth for anything up to eight hours at a time. If the fawns have human scent on them the adult may well abandon them. The best advice if to keep people away from the area to allow the mother to return and collect the fawn.
Fox cubs may also be left for a while by the vixen. Give the vixen a chance to return to pick it up by keeping people away from the area.
Around the site in the more remote areas you will find Badger Sets, please watch your step and try to keep clear of the entrances.
The rabbits on site will grace you with their presence in the morning, and often will be found feeding in and around the tents.
Bat Boxes are placed around the site and occupied. Please do not disturb them or climb the trees they are on for a closer look.
At various times of the year you will find nests on the site, please do not disturb.
In the wet summer months mushrooms can become quite abundant on the site. It is worth noting that many are poisonous, the risk from children handling the mushrooms is minimal yet it is advised not to play with or destroy them and to practice good hygiene; ensuring all person wash their hands after touching them.