• Recent Sightings 5th August – an update on Painted Ladies

    Recent Sightings 5th August – an update on Painted Ladies - from volunteer Phil.

    Anyone reading my article from last month will be interested to know that in the last few days a fresh brood of painted lady butterflies seems to have emerged on the reserve.   This specimen was seen on 5th August on the path between West Mead and Redstart Corner.  

    This is a perfect area for painted ladies to lay eggs because there are…

    • 7 Aug 2019
  • Saturday 3 August - car park closed from 5pm

    On Saturday 3 August, we will be closing the car park at 5 pm.  There will be no access to the car park after 5 pm on Saturday and all cars must be off site by 6 pm.

    The car park will re-open on Sunday morning at 8.30 am.

    This closure is taking place as we have a special Big Wild Sleepout event that is being held at the reserve.

    Thank you for your cooperation

    • 26 Jul 2019
  • ‘Inspired by nature’ workshop day – nature photography and nature writing

    We're now taking bookings for our ‘Inspired by nature’ workshop day; a combination of activities designed to get you closer to nature and behind the scenes at the reserve but also to explore your creative side with a choice of workshops. 

    In the morning, you’ll have the opportunity to get closer to nature, with the chance to use special equipment and get ‘behind the scenes’ as our expert team takes you on…

    • 25 Jul 2019
  • The Pulborough Diaries - Monday 22 July

    Today's Pulborough Diary comes from Paula, our Visitor Experience Officer.

    During a busy morning in the office I managed grab 10 minutes to myself and went for quick walk.

    I didn’t have time to get to the wetland trail to spot the water voles or to check the Little ringed plover so I thought I would enjoy a peaceful moment with the wild flowers growing in abundance on the Zig Zag path.

    As I wondered past the…

    • 23 Jul 2019
  • Recent Sightings Late June and July - The Amazing Painted Lady

    Recent Sightings Late June and July - The Amazing Painted Lady - a report and photos from volunteer Phil.

    While walking between Canterbury and Dover on the North Downs Way on 21st June I started to become aware of several very faded painted lady butterflies in some large wildflower meadows crossed by the path. The following day while exploring some of the fortifications at Dover several more faded painted ladies could…

    • 23 Jul 2019
  • Some great butterfly news

    I’m pleased to announce that we now have a colony of White-letter hairstreaks on the reserve. Our first confirmed record on the reserve was from last year (photographed by regular visitor Matt), but this year we’ve seen several of them around the Elm trees at the top of the zig zag. We saw several on 30 June 2019 around the Elms near the minibeast mansion, including two males who were spiralling upwards in a territorial…

    • 1 Jul 2019
  • Incredible insects!

    A brief lunchtime wander on the heathland proved to be delightful with many insects enjoying the warm weather and the bare sandy patches that have been created around the heath.  After being bombarded with bits of pine cone by a squirrel who was munching happily at the top of one of the pines, I wandered down the heathland zig zags where every bare patch of sand was covered in small volcano-like mounds of sand. Our wasps…

    • 28 Jun 2019
  • Operation Redshank

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and photos.

    Recent Sightings – Tuesday 4th and Friday 7th June – Operation Redshank

    In recent years careful management of the reserve has resulted in a greater number of redshanks breeding on the site.  However it is usually difficult to observe their behaviour and judge their success as they tuck their nests away in secretive locations such as dense grass or rush.

    Within…

    • 11 Jun 2019
  • Reserve highlights in picture

    I just wanted to share these lovely photos taken by one of our volunteers, Graham Osborne. Graham can often be found out and about chatting to visitors and showing them some of our lovely wildlife on a Sunday.

    One of the lovely redshank chicks at West Mead

    Water voles have been showing well at Redstart corner pond and can also be seen on our Wetland Discovery trail which has re-opened for the summer. We've put out some…

    • 5 Jun 2019
  • Birdwatching en francais

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his entertaining report on his 'Hides & Trails' duties...

    Birdwatching en francais

    In these Brexit benighted times it was great on a recent Hides and Trails session to be able to welcome 4 international visitors from Europe to Pulborough Brooks.

    I was sitting in Little Hanger Hide enjoying a quiet lunch and watching a pair of whitethroats going in an out of the bramble bush at…

    • 5 Jun 2019
  • Highlights on the heathland

    A lovely morning for my third breeding bird survey today (albeit a little chilly at 6 am!).  My 'patch' is the wooded heathland part of the nature reserve so I spent a good 3 hours this morning exploring the area and mapping out all of the birds that I could see and hear.

    Let's start by saying it is a good job that I am fond of wrens - I think there are more wrens in this area than all of the other birds put together…

    • 28 May 2019
  • New wildlife drawing workshop date

    Inspired by Nature wildlife drawing workshop with Emily Summers - Saturday 15 June

    Spend a day learning how to capture on paper the colours, textures and movement of wildlife in this workshop led by Emily Summers, artist behind Miss Magpie Wildlife Art. You’ll be shown basic drawing techniques that can be applied to any subject, and have the opportunity to work on a detailed piece inspired by the wildlife here at Pulborough…

    • 13 May 2019
  • Recent Sightings - late April to early May – Wader season and the Seven Whistlers

    Recent Sightings - late April to early May – Wader season and the Seven Whistlers - thanks to volunteer Phil for his update and photos.

    Since my return from my annual Scottish holiday 3 weeks ago I’ve seen several interesting waders dropping in to the reserve on the Spring migration. These include greenshank, green sandpiper, common sandpiper, avocet, black tailed godwit and there have been reports of wood sandpiper…

    • 9 May 2019
  • Artist in residence - Matt Sewell

    Over the next two days (Thursday 9 & Friday 10 May) we'll be playing host to Matt Sewell who will be our 'artist in residence' as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.

    Come along and see Matt in action creating two murals depicting two of our most iconic species here at Pulborough Brooks - the nightingale and the lapwing.

    I'll be really excited to see them taking shape....

    Artist, illustrator…

    • 8 May 2019
  • The first nightingale has arrived!

    Just a very quick post to celebrate the arrival of our first nightingale of the year. Reports of a male singing briefly around Hanger View/Little Hanger hide - he'll be warming up ready for our Night-time safari and Dawn Chorus events later this week.  Feeling delighted (and a little relieved)!

    • 16 Apr 2019
  • Recent Sightings – Monday 25th and Friday March 29th   Spring well under way

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and photos...

    There seems to be a debate every year about whether Spring starts on 1st March or the equinox around the 21st.  On either measure we have now arrived in Spring. Happily, our wildlife cares nothing about our human debates and just gets on with what it does best at this time of year.

    On Friday in warm sunshine I was much cheered by my first sighting of orange tip butterflies…

    • 3 Apr 2019
  • Cafe closed - Wednesday 3 April

    Sorry, but due to staff shortages, the cafe will be closed on Wednesday 3 April.  We are very sorry for any disappointment that this may cause.

    We will be setting up self-service tea, coffee and water within the main area of the Visitor Centre.

    Thank you

    • 2 Apr 2019
  • Recent Sightings mid-March – Return of the Pulborough Brooks Lapwings

     Lapwing by Chris Prince

    Regular visitors may find this a rather strange title having been used to seeing flocks of several thousand lapwings during the winter months.  However, every year in March these large flocks return to their normal breeding grounds in Europe having come to the UK in the autumn to take advantage of our milder climate. 

    When gone, these birds are replaced by a much smaller number of lapwings returning…

    • 25 Mar 2019
  • Announcing some exciting guest speakers and workshop leaders for our annual Nightingale Festival

    Nightingale at Pulborough Brooks by Chris & Juliet Moore (not from this year - they've not arrived yet despite the unseasonal temperatures and sunshine!)

    Our annual Nightingale Festival takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 4 - Monday 6 May) and this year, as well as our night-time safaris, not quite dawn chorus and hot-spot guides, we'll be welcoming some exciting guests...

    Over the weekend…

    • 28 Feb 2019
  • 10% off RSPB branded binoculars & telescopes from Wed 27 Feb

    Enhance your nature watching experience with a new pair of RSPB binoculars or a telescope...and we're offering a 10% discount on all of our RSPB branded optics from Wednesday 27 February to Tuesday 19 March.

    We have a great range starting with our RSPB 'Puffin' binoculars - perfect for youngsters who are just getting interested in wildlife watching - through to our fantastic 'HDX' binoculars.

    There…

    • 26 Feb 2019
  • Book your place now for Hurtigruten's photography workshop with award-winning photographer Ben Andrew

    Nature's Home columnist and award-winning photographer Ben Andrew will be teaming up with Hurtigruten, the RSPB’s partners in saving species like the Albatross, as they host a photography workshop  here at RSPB Pulborough Brooks this March.

    Ben came to visit the reserve last year to photograph our wonderful nightingales...

    Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com)

    Whilst the nightingales won't be back in England by March…

    • 21 Feb 2019
  • Ground nesting birds

    For those of you who read my National Nestbox week themed blog last week, I focused on the 'garden' birds who might benefit from finding a nestbox carefully positioned in your garden, but of course not all birds nest in boxes, or even up in trees....

    For some birds, very little construction work takes place. Wading birds like lapwings simply make a small dent or scrape in the mud in which to lay eggs. They incubate…

    • 16 Feb 2019
  • 30% off 12.75 kg sacks of bird food for 1 week only

    Starting tomorrow, Wednesday 13 February, we're offering a 30% discount off our 12.75 kg sacks of bird food. 

    This offer is for one week only, ending on 19 February 2019 so be sure to stock up on sunflower seeds, peanuts and other tasty food for your birds.

    (Please note, the offer excludes 12.75kg buggy nibbles and 12.75kg high energy sprinkles.)

    • 12 Feb 2019
  • Now's the time to give nature a home in your garden - it's nearly National Nestbox Week!

    We’re just starting to see a few early signs of spring… the first queen bee of the year buzzes past your ear, woodpeckers are drumming and you can hear the first few notes of bird song.

    As we approach Valentine’s Day and are thinking about romance, so too are the birds, who are sensing the onset of spring and are thinking about finding a mate, setting up a home and raising a family. National Nest Box Week…

    • 11 Feb 2019
  • Wild Sussex Weather - sightings for Friday 9 February

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and photos....

    Recent Sightings Friday February 9th – Wild Sussex Weather

    Regular visitors may be familiar with the big sign on the entrance drive in which Pulborough Brooks proclaims that it is “Wild Sussex at its best”.  On Friday morning having driven through patchy rain under leaden skies, and with a strengthening wind all caused by Storm Erik, I passed this…

    • 11 Feb 2019