• 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
  • Kestrel takes a bath

    Recent Sightings  Friday 25th January 'Kestrel takes a bath'

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and photos - sounds like a lovely wildlife moment!

     The very wet area in front of West Mead Hide has been a brilliant place for spotting snipe and black tailed godwits at close quarters in recent weeks.

    The very soft ground has been ideal for foraging for these long billed waders.

    On Friday this area provided a…

    • 28 Jan 2019
  • PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP with ‘Nature’s Home’ columnist and award-winning photographer Ben Andrew

    Join Hurtigruten, the RSPB’s partners in saving species like the Albatross, as they host a photography workshop with ‘Nature’s Home’ columnist and award-winning photographer Ben Andrew at RSPB Pulborough Brooks.

    You’ll be in a small group of up to 15, and as well as receiving 1:1 tuition from Ben on making the best use of your camera and how to compose beautiful and creative photographs, you’ll…

    • 23 Jan 2019
  • When the water freezes...

    Thanks to volunteer Phil firstly for getting up early to help with our Wetland Bird Survey, and secondly for sending us this report and photos! 

    I arrived for the monthly Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) at 8am with the car thermometer reading a chilly -5 degrees.  Having been allocated to the South Brooks team it was no surprise to reach Hail’s View and find the floodwater pools completely frozen,and a distinct lack of wetland…

    • 22 Jan 2019
  • Upcoming habitat management work - hedgerows and scrub

    Over the next month or so our primary focus in terms of habitat management will be the management of hedgerow and scrub around the nature trail and in particular along adder alley.

     Although adder alley has been a nightingale (as well as a reptile) hotspot, the scrub on this area of the trail has become less suitable for nightingales (and other scrub warblers) in the past couple of years and we had no nightingale territories…

    • 16 Jan 2019
  • Visitor Centre closing early - Tuesday 22 January

    Please be aware that the visitor centre will be closing at 2 pm on Tuesday 22 January to allow for staff training. The shop, cafe and toilets will be unavailable after this time so do make sure you plan your visit accordingly to avoid any disappointment. There will be normal access to the nature trail via the small side gate in the courtyard.

    The centre will be open as normal on Wednesday 23 January.

    We apologise for…

    • 15 Jan 2019
  • Thursdays throughout winter - early closing

    Just a reminder to say that both the Visitor Centre and nature trails shut at 4 pm every Thursday during the winter months. 

    Other than that, we're now back open as normal every day of the week including New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

    Happy New Year everyone!

    • 27 Dec 2018
  • He's back!

    One of my previous blogs mentioned that the numbers of black-tailed godwits had started to increase, and their arrivals have continued with counts in excess of 500 busy feeding and squabbling on the North Brooks. I also mentioned on particular black-tailed godwit ‘WY-YX’ who has become a bit of a Pulborough Brooks regular over the last few years…

    Well the good news is that amongst this pantheon of godwits…

    • 21 Dec 2018
  • 'Tis the season...to grab a bargain!

    On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December, we're holding the last 'Binocular and Telescope Weekend' of 2018 - but this is a weekend with a difference...

    The full range of binoculars and telescopes that we offer will be available for you to try out, and our usual team of optics experts will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the products. 

    This weekend is particularly special because, as part of…

    • 12 Dec 2018
  • December fun thanks to The National Lottery #ThanksToYou

    From 3-9 December 2018, we are opening our doors for free to National Lottery players.

    We’ll be offering free nature trail entry to National Lottery players during the week of 3-9 December 2018. We are one of hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded visitor attractions across the UK saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

    The idea is simple…

    • 30 Nov 2018
  • Who wants to be in my gang?

    It was suitably wintery for our 'Wild Winter' weekend, although not the bright frosty kind of weather we'd have liked the most! But some of our wonderful volunteers ventured out and showed our visitors some lovely wildlife.

    We've been seeing a few black tailed godwits who have made their way here from their breeding grounds in Iceland. We've not seen him yet this year but we'll be looking out for a particular…

    • 26 Nov 2018
  • Stunning photos of our short eared owl

    Just thought I'd share these stunning photos of one of our short eared owls. Well done and thank you to Howard Kearley (www.howardkearley.com) for letting us use his wonderful pictures. 

    So far I've just managed a distant view in fading light from the Visitor Centre.  I'm hoping to get out and about on our Wild Winter Weekend over the 24 & 25 November for a closer look.  If you'd like to join in, we…

    • 17 Nov 2018
  • Red breasted merganser - a new species record

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and photos

    Recent Sightings Friday 16th November

    Arriving at the Hanger in mid-morning a regular visitor reported seeing what he thought was a red breaster merganser from Jupps View earlier. Being very surprised by this, as I usually think of this species as coastal, I quizzed him and discovered that it was of the female type colouring, light grey with a light red -brown and somewhat…

    • 17 Nov 2018
  • A parliament of owls

    It's been a particularly good week at Pulborough Brooks for sightings of owls and raptors with both barn owls and short eared owls out hunting in the late afternoon. 

    Yesterday, Winpenny Hide was the best place to be with a barn owl quartering on the South Brooks and a short eared owl sitting on a fence post close in to the hide before flying off onto the river bank - lovely.

    Barn owl photo taken by volunteer Graham…

    • 4 Nov 2018
  • RSPB properties for sale – 20% off all of our bird nesting boxes!

    Observing birds nest building and raising young can be fascinating and very rewarding – especially if they have selected a home that you have put up for them. But nesting happens in spring, so why am I writing about it now?

    You’ll often be more successful in attracting nesting birds into your garden if you start early, giving the birds more time to find your nest box, investigate it and assess its suitability.…

    • 1 Nov 2018
  • Early closing every Thursday through winter

    Starting on Thursday 1 November , the Visitor centre and wetland nature trail will be shutting at 4pm every Thursday during the winter.  This is to enable us to carry out essential management work.

    We're asking visitors who are going out onto the trail to ensure they are back by this time and last orders in the cafe will be taken at 3.45 pm.  We'll be open as normal on Friday morning, including access for those 'early…

    • 31 Oct 2018
  • Management of the wooded heathland at Wiggonholt

    During the autumn we will be undertaking essential habitat management work on the wooded heathland site at Wiggonholt Heath.

    This site is part of the ‘Heathlands Reunited’ project which is a partnership of 11 like-minded organisations, led by the South Downs National Park Authority, working together to create bigger, better, joined up heathlands backed up by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Heathland is a rare and special…

    • 29 Oct 2018
  • Landscape Photography Workshop - Sunday 4 November

    It is certainly feeling more autumnal now so it's an ideal time to get out into the countryside to take some stunning photos of autumn colour and beautiful sunsets. 

    We'll be joined by local landscape & wildlife photographer John Dominick on Sunday 4 November for our photography workshop.  John has been taking photographs for 20 years and has had his work published widely in various books and magazines, as well…

    • 29 Oct 2018
  • Fantastic fungi 2018


    I hope that you've all been enjoying our fungi trail this autumn and have been learning to distinguish between puffballs & earthballs and bonnets from brittlegills!

    To those of you who came along to our guided walks this season, as promised, here are the species lists:


    English Name

    7th October

    16th October









    • 23 Oct 2018
  • The Hornets of Pulborough Brooks

    Volunteer Phil has been admiring the hornets and has shared his musings, research and photos...

    There has been much talk on the reserve by visitors, staff and volunteers about how many hornets can be seen this autumn. This has prompted to me to wonder why I rarely see hornets anywhere else. Here are my musings on the subject although please be aware that I am no expert.   Everything here represents my own observations…

    • 23 Oct 2018
  • Special offer on bird food in the Pulborough Brooks shop

    If you enjoy watching the birds in your garden, now is the time to stock up on bird food as we've got a special offer on the 12.75 kg sacks of bird food.

    You can claim a 20% discount on all of the large sacks including all of the our seed varieties and our peanuts - we'll even help you out to the car with it!

    Sunflower seed mixes are popular with a wide range of garden birds - including the lovely nuthatch…

    • 17 Oct 2018
  • #spiderseason

    It was a delightful morning for our fungi walk yesterday - the early mist disappeared and the sun came out. The leaves are starting to turn golden and fairytale fly agaric toadstools are popping up to brighten up the damp, dark places with their jewel-like colours. And all of the grasses and brambles were adorned with dew-covered spider’s webs.

    Photo by Phil Thornton

    I can’t help but admire the beauty of the…

    • 17 Oct 2018