Conservation at Cofton
14 September 2016
Cofton Holidays has stepped on the accelerator of green-minded conservation practises over the past few years. Eastdon Woods and the surrounding area has seen a series of developments brought about in order to improve the ugly-duckling woods for both visitors and nature alike. In addition to the clear bright signs to show entrances to the nature trails, work has begun in clearing and widening those paths which have begun to fall into disrepair. This ensures not only ease of access for visitors, but also defines the edges of the path. This in turn should improve the surrounding woodland by restricting access but also giving visitors a clear insight into the wild nature of Eastdon.
Who likes bees, bugs and creepy crawlies? Whilst not being the most glamourous of guests, Cofton is committed to improving their habitat, even constructing their very own hotel. This structure has been built and tailored for different insect species, each with their own specialised rooms. This grand hotel will form the flagship of many more to come, small and large, hidden and visible, so that our fantastical minibeast population continues to flourish.
It is often overlooked how important such creatures are to the gritty workings of the British ecosystem. Their initial obvious role is that of prey for larger animals; on a warm evening, one can walk up to the entrance of the woods and spend time watching the many swifts and house martins swooping down a defined route, catching the lazy evening insects as they buzz around the grassland. With a bit of luck, you may even spot a common frog hopping around the rotten wood-piles, hoovering up as many creepy-crawlies as they can fit in their slimy bellies. Many of our guests are also responsible for keeping the machine running as nature’s very own waste personnel. Trees and plants have a habit of being messy litterers; the leaves of which provide gourmet dining for woodlice, worms, earwigs, centipedes and many many more. The “leavings” of these creatures form the final link in the chain, providing the vital nutrients for plant growth. Such is the wonderful hidden cycle we walk past, over, through and under every single day.
If you love the woods, or feel like being inspired here at Cofton, we offer two immersive club activities, run by our on-site Entertainers, as well as our resident ecologist and conservation officer, George. Come along to our Funky Foresters club to learn some basic woodland survival skills; maybe even find a bug or two!
If a calmer walk deep through the dappled cosy green of the woods is more your thing, then why not join George and Owen on our Woodland Explorer club. This walk is aimed at all ages with encouragement on family participation. Come and experience the beauty of our local wildlife with great views across the estuary to Exmouth or over the fields to Haldon in the opposite direction. Educational and fun, complete with more bug hunts, bird-watching and mammal-spotting, this walk is especially engaging after the Thursday morning Funky Foresters club, which takes place in a fir woods as opposed to the deciduous Woodland Explorer woodland. This is a great opportunity for inquisitive minds and those parents looking to inspire with a majestic oak or beech instead of the dreaded electric screen.
Some of your kind words...
A brilliant stay as always. We stayed in a cottage this time which was beautiful and very well equipped. Lots of lovely little touches with a welcome hamper and lots of board games. Hubbie was well impressed with the huge TV too. Loved the courtyard and we were lucky enough to have the weather to BBQ 2 of the days. All the staff from reception to the shop to the entertainment were friendly and very accommodating of both my girls. Used the chippy which has recently changed hands and the food was still great. There is lots to do, loved the swimming, the zip wire, the park and walk in the woods and around the fishing lake. Have to be honest though we missed the caravan...... will definitely be back, hopefully in the Fernworthy van with the hot tub.
Had an amazing weeks holiday. The park was immaculate, the outdoor pool was spotless and the cleaning blocks were cleaned regularly. All the staff were very helpful and the shop on site was reasonably priced. We went with two kids (aged 6 and 7) and our dog, the kids were never bored and had an amazing holiday. We will definitely be returning next year!
My family and I stayed for 5 nights in July, aged between 13 and 40 and we all had a brilliant family stay. The teenagers loved the outdoor pool and the woods and we all loved the donkeys. I’ve been coming here since I was a child and it’s still got a lovely relaxing atmosphere and has all the facilities you could want for a camping holiday. I must say the fish and chip shop is the best we have ever had at a holiday park, reasonable prices and good sized portions. We have booked to come back again on 25th August for a week and can’t wait!
I visited when my relatives came over from Canada and fell in love. I was lucky enough to stay for a week last August for my sons 2nd birthday. It has got to be one of my favourite places to go. Absolutely beautiful, quiet, good facilities, lovely restaurants. The staff are outstanding. I can't wait to come back again this year!
Stayed in campervan for a weekend. Great campsite good location, plenty of things for all to do. Great fishing lakes all in a short walk through the woodland to the lovely Dawlish Warren and Dawlish. Couldn't fault.
Highbridge, United Kingdom
We have had a wonderful experience, the site is very clean, ALL the staff were friendly and helpful especially the bar supervisor, entertainment was second to none, we'll 100% return...
The Warren Family
I just want to say how impressed my fellow Motorhomers and Caravaners were with the welcome and service we received during our stay. Staff in the office were polite and helpful at all times. Scott the restaurant manager was most accommodating when I enquired about reserving space for 25 to 30 of us for lunch after a walk. The service in the restaurant was speedy the food hot and varied. We were very pleased with the standards. Staff in the restaurant were cheerful and polite and helped make our meal most enjoyable. We had such a good time that we will be returning again next year for our Xmas Rally.
The best holiday park we've been to in our motorhome. Our children aged 2 and 4 loved it. Great facilities, entertainment and activities in one of the best parts of Devon!
Delicious fish and chips, friendly and helpful staff and delightful woodland.
Suze - Cornwall
Good location and dog walking, we'll be back and it can't come quick enough.
David - Portsmouth.
Loved the Zumba class! Can't wait to come back!
Elise - Exeter.
A* facilities, always very clean. The pool and food offer great value for money!
Stayed in Honeysuckle Cottage, stunning views over the Exe Estuary.. fantastic place for a family holiday
Ian - Australia.
My little girls aged 2,3 and 5 loved the entertainment.. all they can remember is fun, fun and more fun!
Anonymous - Cheshire.
Quiet and relaxing in a stunning location.. Can't wait to return
Ethan R, Burnham-on-Sea
We usually camp 3 times a year and hire a caravan after the Christmas break at Cofton, and will continue to do so. We thoroughly recommend staying there. Great for families or just the 2 of you.
Jilly B, Cheltenham
Go for swimming and food at this fabulous holiday camp... facilities A-star so clean and just great value for money would defo use over and over again which I do.... I'm a regular visitor. Dip and dine always good option as the food and snacks are fantastic in the bar cafe area near swimming pool!
Excellent toilet block and lovely hot showers. The on site pub was spot on with really friendly staff..
Joan L, Bromsgrove
The superbly equipped Woodside Cottage was beautifully clean with a fantastic Hot Tub. Waking up to horses and cows in the rear field.. stunning!
So friendly and clean, it’s a home from home and we couldn’t go a year with a visit!
Bernice Procter, Swindon
I always pay a visit to Amelia's Pantry, you can just Relax, Indulge and Enjoy!
‘Wonderful facilities, especially the swimming pools! In a lovely setting, for us it is simply the best campsite we have found.’
Margaret Hayes, Leeds
We have been coming to Cofton since 2009 and have stayed at least 12 times. We love everything about Cofton: the location and scenery in and around the park, the quality and cleanliness of accommodation, the friendly welcoming atmosphere; Everything about Cofton is great!
Ethan Robinson, Somerset
‘Dog walks, cycling, lovely country pubs… It suits our every need’
Kay Hancock, Bristol