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100,000 starlings making beautiful shapes against the dusk sky, and then suddenly, as one, dropping into the reed beds is one of nature’s most incredible sights.
Sue and Tony are just about to collect their latest WildAx Motorhome. They shared with us some lovely stories about their adventures so far - and why they chose a van conversion over a larger Motorhome.
“We started out camping” Sue tells me. “Then one day in June the temperature fell to 6 degrees, and by torchlight I made my way to the toilet block. On the way I passed a couple sat outside their motorhome, drinking wine and basking in the warmth and light. I knew I wanted one…”
“We bought a caravan at first, but I was never comfortable with driving and towing - whereas I am happy to take the wheel of our van. We made the switch when Tony was ill, and while we had to compromise on space, we can fit the van on our driveway, and go places we could never reach in a caravan.”
“We love wild camping,
but with a shower and toilet”
One of our favourite places is the Starling Murmuration at Ham Wall in the Somerset levels. If you haven’t seen 100,000 starlings make beautiful shapes against the dusk sky and then suddenly drop as one into the reed beds - it is one of nature’s most wonderful sights.
In a van conversion - you can get really close using a pub you can find in Brit Stops. It’s just a 5 minute walk - close enough for early risers to get there in time to see the Starlings take off again at dawn.
Starling numbers are greatest in December and January, however, large numbers are visible from the end of October until the start of March. Read more at https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/ham-wall/starling-roost/#G03TtdwYmBlsFKZr.99
Other Top Tips:
- St. David’s Treginnis Uchaf Farm in Wales is beautiful. In a van conversion, you’ll be able to reach the very special pitches on the peninsula. Surrounded by water on three sides, it’s a stunning place to sit and watch the sun go down. http://www.treginnisfarm.co.uk/
- Ask the manager nicely and it’s surprising how often Tesco stores will let you stay in their car park overnight.
- Try the free Nuclear Power Station tour at Dungeness. https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/education/visitor-centres/dungeness-b-visitor-centre Arrange it in advance with the owners, and enjoy a meal at the pub, and you can stay overnight in the car park at the Pilot Inn – right by the sea in the heart of the stunning Dungeness National Nature Reserve.