David Bellamy Conservation Awards
"Wildlife wonderlands, and the chance of an amazing
holiday experience : these are my paradise parks!"
When David Bellamy began examining the conservation work being carried out by holiday parks almost ten years ago, he made some very exciting discoveries. For it wasn't just human guests which were enjoying the natural surroundings : birds, animals and plant life were also flourishing as a result of the good environmental practices being put to work.
Professor Bellamy's study prompted him to initiate an annual award scheme to highlight the many remarkable achievements of these parks - and to encourage others to follow suit.
This year, more than 600 holiday parks have gained the David Bellamy Conservation Award by proving their commitment to preserving and enhancing the natural world. It's here you'll find what Professor Bellamy describes as "my favourite wildlife wonderlands" where your holiday pleasures come naturally.
Many of these parks take a special pride in helping guests to come closer to the countryside. Designated wildlife trails, interpretation centres, children's activities and wildlife events are often featured throughout the season (check details with parks individually).
Although there are scores of peaceful, hideaway parks amongst the winners, many larger centres with family entertainment and leisure facilities also gain awards. They too have proven that caring and responsible policies can be good news for both conservation and for holidaymakers.
What makes an award-winning park?
David Bellamy Conservation Awards are made each year to parks which can demonstrate policies showing active concern for the environment. Assisted by local nature groups and holidaymakers themselves, David Bellamy looks at virtually every aspect of park management - from the protection of plant and animal habitats to the efficient use of energy and recycling. Helping visitors to understand conservation is also considered an important qualifying feature. Three levels of excellence can be achieved : Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Click on the awards below to find out which parks hold which awards...