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Activity Idea: Wildlife watching

Badger cam, Badger watching, Wildlife hides, Bird watching

There is an increasing interest and knowledge in our flora and fauna. Witness the success of the “Nature watch” programmes on TV. Many of the environmental charities can boast growing membership numbers.

Visitors may be prepared to pay for guided walks or talks with experts, and for high quality facilities such as hides and live video links. For example, Ray Waters has set up a hide in a 12 acre wood on the Suffolk coast which he rents to photographers at £30 per visit (see )

information sheets

To learn more about obtaining planning permission look at Information sheet 1  


To learn more about environmental, landscape and heritage issues look at Information sheet 2


To learn more about where to seek professional advice look at Information sheet 3


To learn more about creating a business plan look at Information sheet 4


To learn more about education, the arts and health initiatives look at Information sheet 5


To learn more about infrastructure, access and facilities look at Information sheet 6


To learn more about insurance look at Information sheet 7


To learn more about Marketing, Advertising and Research look at Information sheet 8


To learn more about opportunities for grants and funding look at Information sheet 9


To learn more about staff training and recruitment look at Information sheet 10


To learn more about working with existing tourism, recreation and leisure enterprises look at Information sheet 11


To find out more about working with other woodland activities look at Information sheet 12


To learn more about promoting diversity look at Information sheet 13


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contact information


Wild Woods is the Forestry Commission’s database that helps you find wildlife sites across Britain, with a range of wildlife covering birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. See

For information on Bill Oddie’s “Spring” and “AutumnWatch” programmes see

English Nature

The National Trust click here

Naturenet – Environmental Education and Interpretation