Wildlife in and around BudemeadowsOur site is situated amidst fields and small areas of woodland which are home to rabbits, badgers, fox and deer. Our boundary hedgerows are mature providing shelter from any wind for our guests and a variety of habitats for all sorts of creatures. We leave some areas of the site 'wild' to encourage butterflies and other small creatures. There are the usual small mammals; mice, common shrews, voles, the tiny pygmy shrew and even a few dormice. Along the coast the secluded coves harbor seals, or, for less of a hike, Crackington Haven can be a good place to seal spot, they often appear just beyond the breakers close to shore. If walking the coastal path keep half an eye out to sea - dolphins and occasionally whales can sometimes be seen from the cliff tops and many of the small streams in and around the Tamar Valley are frequented by otters.
We know that summer will soon be here when our resident swallows return from their Winter holidays. Sadly they haven't nested here for the last couple of years, normally we have 2 or 3 pairs raising a brood on site. Hopefully we will see them return in 2018.
Other WildlifeThere are Foxes and Badgers in the area, but they are rarely seen on site. The hedgerows are home to a number of small mammals such as shrews, field mice, moles and voles as well as stoats and weasels. There are rabbits of course and if you are an early riser you may catch a glimpse of deer in the surrounding fields, look a couple of fields further and you may see a Llama or two.
Out and aboutAway from the campsite you may spot a seal at one of the more secluded coves along the coastal path. Even in the center of Bude itself there are wonders to behold; if you walk along the Strand beside the river neet kingfishers watch out for a flash of blue above the water, you may spot one of our most colourful birds the kingfisher.
In the summer the river is crowded with mullet and there is also a run of sea trout. Where the river meets the seas, at the sea lock gates, is the best place for a spot of crabbing. There's also a fair chance of a bass or 2 here as well; try a lump of bacon on the hook, strange as it may seem bacon is a top choice for the crabbers and it seems the fish have developed a taste as well!
The Otters of Bude CanalThe recently restored length of canal between Bude and Helebridge is sometimes home to a family of wild otters. The otters roam around the the canal, the river Neet and the wildlife reserve marshlands in between. Lately they have moved up river and have not been regulkarly sighted along the canal, but keep you eyes peeled. The first photo was take at the Tamar Otter Park but the other 2 (Courtesy of Don Goodwin) were taken during February 2010 within 2 miles of our campsite. The stretch of canal that the otters use is 100 yards from the A39 and about 50 from the car park at hele bridge making these beautiful and endearing animals accessible to all. In 2012 one of the otters was filmed on Summerleaze Beach in Bude. The Canal Towpath provides a smooth well maintained surface with good wheel chair access and, even if you are not fortunate enough to spot an otter, provides a pleasant walk to or from Bude. For the more energetic the walk can be made into a circular route by following the footpath across the fields from the carpark at Helebridge to meets the cliff top coastal path which leads back to Bude. This walk can be started from the Widemouth Bay or Bude pay and display carparks or from the (free) carpark at Helebridge.
Birds we've seen on or over the campsite
These are the birds we've been able to
identify, doubtless there are more, please let us know if you spot any
we have not listed during your stay.
Greater Spotted Woodpecker