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Visit Jersey Zoo – and stay the night

It’s easy to sell glamping with animals to the kids but a more sceptical dad is also won over – particularly by the ‘deep connection’ with other species

As the sun sets, a perplexing array of sounds waft over the gently sloping meadow of our campsite. As well as the chaffinch’s call, there’s a curious tap-tap-tapping; beyond, a bird with a sore throat is imitating a donkey; then there’s a hoot, a laugh and a furious chattering argument.

After two nights, we identify the noises. The tap-tapping is wild red squirrels, which open wooden feeders on the old oaks around us. The “donkey” is a white-naped crane, the hoot is a howler monkey, and the arguments are between the lemurs that curl their tails around the trees just beyond our tent.

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Charging for wild camping shows a failure to understand what makes it special

A pilot scheme launched to promote wild camping in two of England’s national parks is charging £20 a night. So, it’s not really wild or really free

It’s Friday night and I’m alone, standing on a hilltop gazing down at the lights in the villages below, where not a soul can see me.

This was an escape on a whim after a busy week. I’d had enough of the emails and the social media and wanted to disconnect from modern-day stresses. So, I packed some essential camping gear and jumped in the car. A couple of hours later I was reconnecting with nature, spotlit by the stars and getting ready for a night under canvas.

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