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Find out more about our partnership with UK National Parks

This November, we are proudly working with UK National Parks to give threatened bees, butterflies and red squirrels a break by making a donation with every booking made. Funds generated will support five brilliant wildlife projects, each taking place within a beautiful National Park. Our target is to donate £50,000 to enable five significant projects to take place in 2020, enhancing five vital habitats that are home to threatened bees, butterflies and red squirrels. Find out why we need to act now below...

Bees

Bees are under threat because of changes in land use, intensification of farming methods, habitat loss and climate change. One-third of Britain’s bee population has disappeared over the past decade.

Butterflies

The Marsh Fritillary has declined in abundance by 64% since 2005 and distribution by 79% since 1976, making Dartmoor one of the last strongholds for butterflies that were once  a common sight in the UK.

Red squirrels

The red squirrel is currently suffering a major decline in the UK. Numbers in the UK have fallen from a onetime high thought to be around 3.5 million, to a current estimated population of around 120,000.

For bee projects:

  • £50 can plant an acre of vital wildflower meadow.
  • £1,000 can train 10 volunteers to undertake vital habitat management and conservation work to encourage bees and pollinators to thrive.
  • £5,000 could enable Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to fund their ‘Pollinators’ programme in 2020. 
  • £8,000 could enable 10 miles of Pembrokeshire coastal path to be ‘pollinator-friendly’ managed.

For butterfly projects:

  • £200 could pay for a day of vital habitat restoration work – planting seeds; clearing invasive species. 
  • £2,000 can pay for essential scrub management works at one important site which supports the rare Marsh and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, and the threatened Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth. 
  • £15,000 could pay for habitat improvement works across eight sites within one habitat network.  
  • £25,000 can fund scrub control works and grazing infrastructure to bring up to 16 sites into good condition for breeding.

For squirrel projects:

  • £150 can buy 10 squirrel-only feeders. 
  • £300 can buy 300kgs of squirrel food specifically tailored for reds. 
  • £1,000 could enable 20 volunteers to undergo essential training in conservation skills.
  • £1,000 can also buy 10 trail camera packs to monitor squirrels in woodlands.
  • £1,300 can buy a thermal imaging camera to identify squirrels in high canopy or dense foliage. 
  • £19,000 would enable the Lake District to reach their #SaveReds campaign target.
Supporting our wildlife

At Forest Holidays, connecting people with nature is at the heart of everything that we do, and it is our responsibility to help care for Britain’s forests and support wildlife to ensure it thrives. We support wildlife in many ways: 

At each of our locations, we have a large bug hotel which provides additional habitat for insects and can be important for hibernating solitary bees.

Our Forest Rangers help monitor species on our locations and engage with our guests to help us keep an eye out too. We take part in the Big butterfly count at a number of our locations as well as the Great Scottish Squirrel survey.

Earlier this year at our Thorpe Forest location we partnered with the local Butterfly Conservation group to complete one of the Big butterfly counts with our Forest Ranger Ebonie. Guests and residents also got involved. Find out more about how we support wildlife!