More wild

When you visit our CL you will see a few subtle changes. For the time being there will be no horses or ponies in the adjacent field, and if our new fence works no Deer either. However, you should see a lot more wildlife because we are working on re-wilding our small holding. Re-wilding isn’t really the right term for what we are doing but it’s a start in explaining our objectives. Re-naturing might be a better term.

The aim is to make our small farm more friendly towards wildlife, not that it was unfriendly. We will be trying to maximise the biomass of life that we can support. The main way to do this is by allowing nature to have more free rein. Scrub will be allowed to form around the field edges, coppicing will be carried out in cycles and new hedges will be planted. We had to exclude deer, the number of them in the ‘Forest’ is out of control and they are so destructive they have to be kept out.

Already we are seeing the benefits of our efforts and you will too. For example there are clouds of butterflies over the grassy field, maybe not rarities but special all the same. Look out for the Skippers, little Butterflies that pretend to be Moths, we have three species.

Progress towards re-opening

So, July 4th it is and we are already fully booked for July – still some vacancies in August.

I’m working on risk assessments for the site to take into consideration Covid-19 precautions. Because our site is very basic there is not much new that needs mentioning:

  • During July and August each pitch will have it’s own stand pipe for drinking water. Please sanitise before and after you use it.
  • Each pitch will have a bin for all rubbish. Because of the problems with recycling separation, for the time being it will all be considered as refuse. If you are especially keen to recycle please take your recycling home and dispose of in your usual way. NO BBQ coals to be added to the bins. NO sharp objects such as broken glass etc.
  • Each pitch will have it’s own EHU
  • No visitors during July and August – this may be extended
  • Maintain 2 metre social distancing with other guests – some of them may be on the vulnerable list and very sensitive to appropriate distancing
  • Dogs MUST be on leads or physically restrained at all times (as per CAMC rules)
  • Payment can be by cash or cheque in a sealed envelope marked with your name and the amount on the outside. This must be done the day after arrival. You can place the envelope in the post box at The Cabin. As an alternative you can pay by BACS or PayPal but this must be done in full before arrival. Please email for details.
  • When using the foul disposal please take appropriate precautions – we will not be supplying sanitiser or gloves. DO NOT put gloves or face masks into the foul disposal pit.
  • The only way in and out of the site is via the galvanised metal entrance gate The pedestrian gate by the foul disposal is PRIVATE and not for use by those staying on site.
  • Please respect other site users, some will be very sensitive to distancing and may seem stand offish – keep you distance but offer a friendly greeting.
  • Please make sure you know how to find us and avoid a dead end road that can trouble those relying on Postcode and SatNav. For precision What Three Words is best: ///flaking.issues.greet

July – cautious bookings

There is a general feeling that CLs may be able to reopen sometime in July 2020. This is by no means certain but following a few calls from potential guests we have decided to take some bookings for July but are not taking deposits and want it to be clear that we will only reopen with CAMC approval.

We have decided to limit the number of vans at any time to three during July to ensure social distancing is as easy as possible. We expect that any members staying will bring appropriate measures for their own safety such as gloves and sanitiser as well as masks if they choose to use them.

We will assign bins for refuse and recyclables to each van to avoid any crossover while disposing of rubbish.

We insist that if you feel any of the Covid-19 symptoms coming on you do not stay on our site. The situation is very fluid at present and we will be as flexible as possible regarding no need for deposits and personal requests regarding social distancing needs.

Wet, Wet, Wet

There has been almost endless rain since October. To make sure our site gets a decent chance to dry out we are not taking any bookings for March this year. Sorry to disappoint any early birds.

Rejuvenation

Some of you will know the magnificent Willow tree on the edge of our site. Children climb it and grown ups love the shade…sometimes it has a hammock or two hanging from it’s ample branches.
Sadly, as often happens with Willows the gales took a toll on it and some large splits appeared at the main fork. We have had to pollard it, so for a while it will look, frankly, a bit butchered. All being well the cracks will heal and regrowth will be stronger and very quick. We made the pollard cuts high up to make sure the tender new growth is out of reach of the dozens of naughty deer that visit every night.

Raptor!

I have just settled in our first caravan of the new season – keen birdwatchers. While we were standing having a chat after getting the van into position we were thrilled to see a raptor glide in the gate and along the hedgerow about 6 feet above the ground…we looked at each other and smiled….it was a Merlin. What a great start to their stay here in the New Forest.

New Web SIte

As it’s the quiet time of year it seemed a good chance to change the web site to something more mobile friendly. All seems OK, only problem is that in the move I have lost all the old emails, not a big problem but a bit annoying. Over the coming weeks I’ll make the site prettier and add more useful information.

Oh! Deer

Visitors to our CL often ask if they will see deer during their stay – the simple answer is YES. There are dozens of Deer living within easy walking distance of the CL, in fact they often visit the field that the CL is in. ┬áTo see the Deer just take a walk – keep your eyes open and look well ahead.

Fallow deer are the most numerous by far, between the CL and Fritham there are several hundred in groups of 10 -20. Roe deer are around but mostly seen singly or Does with Fawns. There are a few Red deer around and one or two Sika, you are very unlikely to see Muntjac.

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