Elmley nature reserve, Kent
Conservation comes first on the UK’s solely family-owned and -managed nationwide nature reserve. Elmley’s 1,335 hectares (3,300 acres) of freshwater grazing marsh, salt marsh, hay meadows and newly planted woodland on the Isle of Sheppey enable birdlife to thrive. Sightings of marsh harriers, short-eared owls and merlins are commonplace, however the success story is ground-nesting birds: 463 lapwings fledged at Elmley final 12 months, which is 400 greater than the following most profitable reserve. Elmley’s homeowners are additionally on a mission to make wildlife open to all. Guests can keep at considered one of six comfy huts with mesmerising wetland views. Most visitors are received over once they spot hares, butterflies and dragonflies on the two-mile drive from the closest public street.• Huts for 2 from £105 an evening, decrease charges for longer stays, elmleynaturereserve.co.uk
Kudhva, Cornwall

{Photograph}: Karl Mackie
A disused slate quarry on the north Cornish coast is the place to search out this modern back-to-nature expertise. Cornish for “hideout”, Kudhva affords shelters designed to get guests near the wild: tree tents, eight-legged angular treehouses sleeping two, and a Danish cabin for six are scattered throughout the 45-acre web site. Sustainability is a precedence: showers are solar-powered and communal areas are constructed from reused supplies. Kudvha was as soon as a nature reserve and nonetheless accommodates various habitats, together with a willow wooden and a 12-metre waterfall. Proprietor Louise Middleton makes use of income to softly handle the land, guaranteeing that low-lying crops thrive for the sake of birds and butterflies.• Cabin for 2 nights from £210, kudhva.com
Willow Cottage, Crom, County Fermanagh

{Photograph}: Chris Lacey/Nationwide Belief
The Nationwide Belief’s Crom Property is its most important property in Northern Eire. Right here, historical oak woodland meets the meandering Higher Lough Erne, which stretches in the direction of the ruins of Crom Citadel and a pair of gnarled Irish yews. The panorama attracts uncommon species, together with pine martens, otters and purple squirrels, and all eight Northern Irish species of bat. Seven transformed farm cottages on the banks of the lough are perfect for switching off: wildlife and silence take centre stage as soon as daytrippers have returned residence. Canoes, woodland trails, biking tracks and an accessible chook cover make nature simple to return by for all ages and talents. • Cottage for 3 from £342 for 3 nights, nationaltrust.org.uk
Comrie Croft, Perthshire

Nordic kata tipi at Comrie Croft. {Photograph}: Ian Potter
This eco-tourism enterprise within the village of Comrie, an hour from Glasgow, hopes to offer a sustainable future for native folks and nature. Proprietor Andrew Donaldson’s strategy is heat and fuss-free: from mountain biking trails to transformed farmhouses, the expertise revolves across the nice outside. Moreover making the countryside extra accessible by way of paths and shuttle providers (to encourage guests to depart their automobiles at residence), Comrie Croft has put aside a 50-acre wilderness and planted greater than 100,000 native timber. This has helped welcome again ospreys, barn owls and roe deer. Comrie is eco-minded, too: a permaculture vegetable backyard provides the store, and there’s a 10% low cost for many who come car-free.• Tenting pitches from £5pp pn, Nordic kata tipis, sleeping six from £99 an evening, comriecroft.com
Battlesteads Resort and Restaurant, Northumberland

A number of miles exterior Northumberland nationwide park within the fairly village of Wark, this pub with rooms is among the UK’s most-proactive eco accommodations. Battlesteads has extra sustainable clout than time to shout about it. It has bee-friendly hedgerows, a pesticide-free backyard, a wildlife meadow and built-in chook and bat packing containers to assist biodiversity. Twenty-eight species of chook, together with willow warbler and bullfinches, and eight species of bee have been recognized within the backyard. An on-site darkish sky observatory permits visitors to discover the larger image.• Doubles from £100 B&B, battlesteads.com
Previous Lands, Monmouthshire

Sam and Clare Bosanquet have poured all their inventive and conservation may into this nature retreat in Monmouthshire. Transformed steady blocks are furnished with native materials and upcycled furnishings from the property’s attics. The honesty store sells the walled backyard’s “no dig” (an eco-growing methodology) produce, and the character room is filled with curiosities and knowledge. Sam is an ecologist and wildlife fanatic: his nature walks enlighten visitors about freshwater swan mussels, the place to search out otter spraints, and a wide range of fungus and lichens. Proceeds from the lodging and honesty store assist to maintain the property thriving.• Cottage for 4 from £390 every week, old-lands.co.uk
Victoria Inn, Holkham Property, Norfolk

Holkham Bay. {Photograph}: Alamy
With sands stretching to the ocean in a single route and dunes within the different, Holkham is an iconic seashore. It’s a part of the 10,000-hectare Holkham Property, the place farming and game-keeping have rubbed together with conservation efforts for years. The Victoria Inn’s elegant rooms are moments from the seashore and Holkham nature reserve. Discipline to Fork excursions educate guests in regards to the historical past of the land and trails result in wildlife encounters, together with the UK’s solely spoonbill colony. The property continues to construct on its environmental credentials: most not too long ago, a head conservationist is exploring methods to strengthen ecosystems, and the brand new Lookout customer centre is on a mission to chop plastic use.• Doubles from £140 B&B, holkham.co.uk
Oak Tree Cottage, Pembrokeshire

Nicknamed the cwtch, Welsh for cubbyhole or cuddle, this two-bedroom cottage within the Teifi Marshes nature reserve is as compact as it’s distant. Its white-washed stone partitions disappear into the encircling inexperienced thicket and at night time, the air fills with the sounds of frogs and barn owls. Alongside otters and purple deer, water buffalo are a extra shocking sight. Buffalo are the chosen grazers to maintain the marshes wholesome. The reserve has a willow maze and journey playground, and anybody can take to the paths on foot or bike. It’s owned and managed by the Wildlife Belief of South and West Wales and all income go in the direction of conservation.• Cottage for 4 from £405 every week, fbmholidays.co.uk
Birdsong Barn, East Sussex

Phil and Maria Newton have transformed this 18th-century barn right into a spacious two-bedroom vacation residence to permit guests to take pleasure in a slice of their non-public nature reserve. The 142-hectare reserve has been added to through the years, principally because of Phil’s ardour for the River Brede’s uncommon species. The woods and wetlands are residence to 30 butterfly species and greater than 120 species of birds: endangered lapwings dart overhead all year long. Phil is glad to offer excursions of the reserve, introducing the Shetland cattle, Konik ponies and Bagot goats that are considered Britain’s oldest breed.• Barn for 4 from £935 every week, originalcottages.co.uk
Catchpenny Safari Lodges, Fife

{Photograph}: Caroline Trotter
Impressed by African safaris, Alex and Tara Nairn have created a back-to-the-wild expertise within the East Neuk of Fife on Scotland’s east coast. Catchpenny is a web site of particular scientific curiosity, and Alex and Tara work with the RSPB, the Recreation and Wildlife Conservation Belief, and the Fife Coastal and Countryside Belief to advertise populations of purple record birds, together with corn buntings, gray partridges, and puffins. The totally geared up safari tents are moments from the Fife Coastal Path; visitors are lulled to sleep by the waves; and a fortunate few spot pods of dolphins from their sheltered deck. From close by Anstruther, there are ferries to the puffin colony on the Isle of Could and roe deer, hares and badgers might be noticed inland.• Six-person tent from £94 an evening, canopyandstars.co.uk
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