Dovecote Riverside Caravan Park

If watching kingfishers over cake and a coffee, or getting up early to sit quietly to observe the dawn patrol of otters and other watery wildlife is your thing, have you ever considered staying overnight in the Heart of England Forest? Our Dovecote Moorings Caravan Club certified site and Pilgrim Lock Camping & Caravanning Club site are perfect bases for overnight, weekend or week-long visits, and our riverside caravan park, with static holiday cabins, provides a more permanent option for those who are looking for a private long-term pitch within the Forest. All are situated on the banks of the picturesque River Avon in the village of Barton near Bidford-upon-Avon, a stone’s throw from historic Stratford-upon-Avon.

These are great places to stay and explore the Forest, their location being perfect for photographers, wildlife enthusiasts and those seeking a tranquil haven alike. As part of our improvement plans for visitors and wildlife, we are working towards gaining the David Bellamy Conservation Award.

The David Bellamy Conservation Award has a strong focus on improving the ecology and conservation of wildlife within camping and caravan parks, as well as encouraging them to become more sustainable through conserving energy and resources, and reducing waste. Supporting the local community and economy through promoting other local businesses and events is also important.

With our countryside under ever increasing pressure and many species declining in number, sensitive ecological management of all areas of green space such as gardens, community green spaces and even caravan and camping sites is vitally important. The David Bellamy Conservation Award gives recognition to those caravan and camping sites who have created sites where biodiversity is given a boost.

Situated on the River Avon, visitors to our caravan sites can already enjoy watching wildlife such as kingfisher, otter and heron fishing in the river whilst redwings and fieldfares can be seen perched on adjacent hedgerows and mature trees. Migratory ducks, geese and swans regularly swim up and downstream. Future plans to enhance our camping and caravanning sites for wildlife, such as planting native marginal vegetation to attract dragonflies and damselflies and create new habitats for small mammals, will develop greater connections between these sites and the wider Forest. We can also help declining populations of our native bees and other pollinators by installing new planters containing nectar-rich plants.

The Heart of England Forest team is excited about this opportunity to improve our camping and caravanning sites in Barton, and the David Bellamy Conservation Award will provide a framework for us to plan our future work. With this in mind, if you’ve visited caravan sites elsewhere in the country which are a haven for wildlife then we’d love to hear from you. Please send us your ideas to help us improve our sites in Barton to info@hoef.co.uk

To find out more about our caravan, camping and moorings click here and if you’d like to find out more about the David Bellamy Conservation Award click here. We’ll keep you updated on our progress to achieve this exciting standard, and extend the reach of the Forest

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