Wildlife Guide – How To Embrace Nature On Your Camping retreat

Camping at Callowtop is a great way to get closer to nature.

We’re an award-winning family holiday park, just a stone’s throw away from the Peak District National Park — a place of unique natural beauty, characterised by its winding limestone valleys and plunging caverns.

The Peak District was the first of Britain’s 15 national parks, spanning 555 square miles across five counties: Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire, and Greater Manchester. Regarded as a living landscape, this national park is home to almost 40,000 people and welcomes over 13 million visitors each year.

Callowtop sits at the foot of the district, ideal for embracing Derbyshire’s natural landscape.

Picturesque walks lead from the park and along the River Dove into dramatic limestone ravines. Here you can embrace the variety of local wildlife, fields of rare wildflowers, and tranquil seclusion of nearby woodlands.

Venture further into the beating heart of the national park and you’ll discover the Eastern Moors — a nearby open access RSPB and National Trust reserve with a network of bridleways and renowned climbing edges. Its mosaic landscape is home to a myriad of wonderful animals including majestic skylark, dainty water vole, and striking highland cattle.

The Peak District is no playground for tourists; it’s a place to enjoy and live in harmony with nature. In this article, we explore how you can embrace nature on your camping retreat to Callowtop Holiday Park. Read on

Observe from a distance

The Eastern Moors is a designated Special Protection Area (SPA), reflecting the presence of rare bird species like the short-eared owl. And thanks to vital conservation work in this area, the birdlife population bucks the national trend, with skylark tripling in number since 2010.

The Peak District is also an important breeding site for a range of species. A notable example of this is ring ouzel, which arrive from their wintering grounds (North Africa) in March. These distinctive black and white birds are notorious for their close proximity to popular recreational activities like rock climbing and rambling — so it’s important to be aware of their presence and observe from a distance to avoid disturbing them.

While great to be surrounded by nature on your camping retreats, it’s essential you respect the local wildlife population and give animals some room to breathe. After all, the welfare of these native species comes first, especially during busy seasons.

Using bird hides, for instance, provides a balanced way to embrace nature. One where you quietly observe without being a disruptive presence. But you’ll need to come prepared because a birder is nothing without their binoculars. The bird charity RSPB offers a selection of binoculars to get a great view, even from a long distance. It’s particularly beneficial to buy from a conservation charity like this because your money is reinvested into the peak district and its various nature reserves.

Get involved with local conservation projects

National parks are brimming with volunteering opportunities; the Peak District is no different.

The Peak Park Conservation Volunteers (PPCV) welcome helping hands from all walks of life, including holidaymakers if you have the time to spare. Projects regularly run throughout the year with no minimum commitment. This might include stile replacement to aid fell upkeep. Or you could take part in the annual Pick & Play event — an award-winning project where volunteers partake in a mass litter collection alongside a variety of fun activities.

These projects are great to get involved with during your time at Callowtop Holiday Park. Why? Because it’s a fantastic opportunity to get hands-on with nature. Plus, you help futureproof and give back to the area that provides countless lasting memories.

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