Wildlife Spotting at Long Acres Caravan and Camping Park
One of the best things about staying in the countryside is the wildlife, and Surrey has a huge variety to offer. From birds to bees, deer to dragonflies and even the occasional adder, it's worth keeping your eyes peeled as you never know what you might spot.
Long Acres is home to some fantastic mammals. Regular visitor and wildlife photographer @Sussex_Sara has pulled together some tips to help you spot them!
Rabbits are some of the easiest mammals to spot at Long Acres. Often gathering in large groups, you can see them grazing in the early morning or evening sun, hugging the hedgerows for protection. Look for the tips of ears poking out from longer grass. If spooked, rabbits will sound the alarm by thudding the ground with their hind legs, before disappearing into the undergrowth, white tails flashing as they go!
Grey squirrels are brilliant fun to watch. These aerial acrobats leap from tree to tree, and when playing, they can be seen scampering in circles around tree trunks. Feeding on acorns, nuts and berries, in autumn you might spot them burying food in preparation for winter.
These accidental gardeners often forget where they have buried some nuts, and any forgotten food will grow up into new trees and bushes!
You might not realise it, but deer can be found all across Surrey. These secretive yet stunning mammals are very timid, and easiest to spot in low light. If you walk quietly around the public footpaths and bridleways that border the site in early evening or at dawn, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a herd of fallow or roe deer. Did you know that the UK's smallest deer, the muntjac, is about the size of a medium dog? These deer are harder to spot due to their size and are often alone or in pairs rather than herds.
Foxes are one of our most brightly coloured mammals, and their furry red coats can make them easy to spot as they run across the fields, but did you know they love to sunbathe too? On sunny days, they can be spotted curled up basking in the daylight. In early spring, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a fox family. Watch as the cubs rough and tumble together, learning the hunting skills they will need as adults.
Badgers are one of our most elusive UK mammals, and seeing a badger is a real treat. These distinctive animals have humbug-striped faces and spend most of the day in setts underground. At night, they will roam the countryside, using snuffling snouts to sniff out earthworms, insects and even eggs! If you're driving around the local roads at night, do keep your eyes peeled for them, and you might catch a glimpse of one waddling down the grass verges by the sides of the road.
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