The Old Brick Kilns Caravan & Camping Park in North Norfolk is celebrating another successful nesting season for Tawny Owls. For the second year running, one of the two owl boxes situated around the park has been the home for breeding tawny owls and last week Phil Littler from the Hawk and Owl Trust at Sculthorpe, visited the site to ring a 10 day old chick, watched by visitors saying at the time. “It’s fantastic to see successful breeding owls and this box has been a great success.” The site has a collection box for the Hawk and Owls Trust and makes annual donations to support its work.
The Old Brick Kilns site, one of only 2 Best of British sites in Norfolk, is ideal for nature lovers. With over 40 bird boxes situated around the park, it also has its own bird hide from where visiting birds can be watched in seclusion. The park has been awarded a David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award for the work it has carried out which includes special wildlife banks and landscaped garden areas.
David Moore, local farmer and new owner of the site, added; “We were looking out for ways in which we could enhance habitats further and as a farmer that likes to encourage bees, we decided to place special boxes high in the trees to attract wild bees, which we will then relocate to hives on our family farm. We already have 2 hives on the farm and it’s a great asset to the pollination process, particularly for field beans. Many bees die through the winter and by collecting them over the summer months and transferring them to our hives, we are able to feed them with sugar syrup through the winter so that they survive and breed successfully. Ultimately, we are hoping to sell our own honey in the shop on the park.” The boxes were supplied by Pete Birch, local bee enthusiast, who has worked with David in attracting bees to his farm in Trunch, using these specially designed boxes.
The Park also has a picturesque, wildlife pond includes 5 swims: “The fishing on site is a great attraction and we stock Bream, Tench, Rudd and Carp; it’s very popular with our guests and we also have a king-fisher which makes regular visits!”
Set on three levels, the Old Brick Kilns covers some 13 acres with 60 spacious all weather semi-hard standing pitches. There are a selection of premier pitches with full services on a part of the park called Heydon’s Meadow, which is a Caravan Club Certificated Location. This is a particularly tranquil part of the park where individual, spacious pitches are screened with thick, beech hedging which are full of song birds.