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Cameron's Cottage

A stay at the cottage is a unique experience, enabling young people to learn invaluable new skills and enjoy an immersive wildlife experience.

A view of the woodland that makes up a part of Cameron's cottage.
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A unique outdoor centre

Cameron’s Cottage is based within RSPB Franchises Lodge nature reserve – a dramatic woodland in the New Forest National Park. It's a unique activity centre designed to help teenagers and young adults to create lasting memories in nature.

We have all the facilities to ensure schools, colleges, universities, and groups can engage with the natural world in exciting and unique ways. Whether it's getting creative through outdoor cooking, tackling the grittier side of nature with survival skills and shelter building or learning conservation skills, visitors are encouraged to make any stay their own.  

A person having a go at slack lining, in a forest setting

Day and residential visits

Cameron’s Cottage is a great pace to enjoy the natural world, have fun and relax. The setting of a serene woodland on the edge of the New Forest National Park in a working nature reserve makes a perfect venue for an immersive wildlife experience.  

We offer day and residential visits with opportunities to take part in rewarding conservation work that teaches invaluable new skills and get stuck into a wealth of exciting activities.

Find out more about visiting Cameron’s Cottage

Send us an email with your contact details and we will get back in touch to discuss a bespoke package for your group.

Email us at: cameronscottage@rspb.org.uk 

Facilities

At Cameron's Cottage, you'll find:

  • Sleeping facilities for up to 19 people in four dormitories of varying sizes 

  • Two accessible rooms – one single and one with four accessible beds 

  • A fully equipped kitchen and facilities for indoor or outdoor cooking 

  • Accessible toilets and showers 

  • Communal areas inside and outside cottage, including outdoor fire pit with logs to sit on 

  • An outdoor study centre that's ideal for outdoor lessons or to support field study work 

A group having a look in a bug net, seeing what they have found.

How might my stay look?

Monday

Morning: Arrive from 10 am. Site introduction and time to settle
Afternoon: Team building session
5-7 pm: Self-led outdoor cooking session 
Evening: Bat walk

Tuesday

All day: Conservation skills 
5-7 pm: Self-led outdoor cooking session
Evening: Moth trapping 

Wednesday

Before 10 am: Tidy inside and check out
Morning: Bioblitz 
Picnic lunch 
Afternoon: Self-led walk  

Cameron’s legacy

Cameron’s Cottage has been created as a legacy to Cameron Bespolka who died in 2013 aged sixteen. Cameron had a deep passion for nature, which began as a young child and developed further as he got older. Together, the RSPB and Cameron Bespolka Trust want to keep Cameron’s memory alive by encouraging more young people to find the same joy that Cameron found in the outdoors.  

How to find us

Location: Franchise Cottage, Telegraph, Redlynch, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 2PX Google reference: 50.94875977983864, -1.6667396841258724  

Public transport links are limited. The New Forest Tour bus Red Route stops on the B3078 just outside Franchises Lodge reserve. The New Forest Tour  

Parking: There is room for a minibus and a car.  

Cameron’s Cottage partners

  • The Cameron Bespolka Trust 
  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund 
  • RSPB 
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