Cameron's Cottage

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 is a unique activity centre designed for 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 an exciting and unique way. 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.

Day and residential visits

Cameron’s Cottage is a great place 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.

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

Cameron’s Cottage open days

Are you a group leader, teacher or someone who works with teenagers and young adults? Join us for a free open day where you can experience some of the activities we have on offer.


Tues 5 April 2022, 10:30 am -12:30 pm.

Fri 6 May 2022, 11 am -12:30 pm

Thurs 16 June, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Sun 3 July, 11 am -12:30 pm

Weds 7 Sep 2022, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Thurs 6th Oct 2022, 5:30 pm- 6:30pm

How might my stay look?


Morning: Arrive from 10am. Site introduction and time to settle.

Afternoon: Team building session.

5- 7pm: Self led outdoor cooking session

Evening: Bat walk



All day: Conservation skills

5- 7pm: Self led outdoor cooking session

Evening: Moth trapping



Before 10am: 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.

High-up view of cameron's cottage and the surrounding areas

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.


Image credit: Matt Pringle.

Support this project

We aim to provide young people with low-cost life changing experiences using nature as the catalyst. We are looking for support with delivering sessions on site and would welcome enquiries from new potential volunteers.

Financial donations can support with our campaign for these sessions to be accessible to all young people. To donate please follow this link.

Cameron's Cottage: Our Partners