• Autumn arrivals

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his sightings report and photos.

    There was plenty of interest on the reserve.   A bank vole was feeding on some seed I put out on the logs at Fattengates courtyard at the request of a lady who had popped in hoping to find one.

    I was pleased to see the new diggings at West Mead and Winpenny were looking very good, now with plenty of water and starting to green up.    There wasn’t much bird life…

    • 13 Oct 2021
  • merlin, marsh harrier and mushrooms

    Highlights from today's wildlife sightings list are a merlin and a marsh harrier. The number of ducks, wigeon, teal, pintail and shoveler is increasing daily as they arrive to enjoy our wetlands (which are now very wet).

    Here's the sightings list from today (and yesterday):

    Meanwhile, out on the wooded heath the rain has done a good job at prompting some marvellous mushrooms to pop up amongst the leaf litter…

    • 5 Oct 2021
  • Fascinated by fungi? Follow our self-led trail this October

    Many of you will be pleased to learn that I started to set up our fungi trail around the wooded heathland trail yesterday.
    At the moment, the best spot is Black Wood as the damp conditions there are favoured by many of our species of fungus. If you're not familiar with this part of the nature reserve, follow the public footpath on the wooded heathland down towards the pond and then head through the pedestrian gate…
    • 29 Sep 2021
  • Willow Emerald Damselflies – the wait is over!

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for this report and for all his hard work surveying dragonflies & damselflies at our Arun Valley reserves this year.

    I first became aware of willow emerald damselflies about 7 years ago when some naturalist friends were considering a trip to East Anglia to find this relatively new species for the UK which had spread from Europe, maybe as a result of climate change.   A little research established…

    • 20 Sep 2021
  • Cafe & shop closures this week

    Just a couple of updates on our Visitor Centre facilities for this week
    Our cafe is closed today (Mon 20 Sep) and tomorrow (Tues 21 Sep) for staff training.
    The shop is closed from 2 pm on Thurs 23 Sep until 12 noon on Fri 24 Sep for a stocktake.
    The Nature trails, toilets and outdoor welcome hub are open as normal 10 am - 4 pm.
    Sorry for any disappointment.
    From the Pulborough Brooks team
    • 20 Sep 2021
  • Free event - Secrets of the Heath: Wonders of Wiggonholt

    Secrets of the Heath: Wonders of Wiggonholt

    Saturday 21 August 2021, 11am-4pm

    Wiggonholt Heath, RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

    Join Heathlands Reunited and RSPB Pulborough Brooks for an exciting day exploring the heathland at Wiggonholt.

    Follow the heathland superheroes trail, go on a bug hunt, discover heathland history, listen to a tale or two, create your own heathland critter, meet a reptile, and have a Stone…

    • 14 Aug 2021
  • We’re going on a bee hunt…

    Many of you who visit us in the summer months will enjoy the butterflies and dragonflies that you can see around the nature trail, but how many of you have been on a bee hunt?

    Start off in the car park and look for the volcano-like mounds of sandy soil on the banked edges…these are the nests of Pantaloon bees (Dasypoda hirtipes). Pantaloon bees get their name from the females’ oversized orange pollen brushes on…

    • 13 Aug 2021
  • Habitat management update - protecting our precious chicks

    Redshank chick by Graham Osborne

    As our regular visitors will know, for the past 5 years or so we have spent a significant amount of time each spring putting up temporary anti-predator fences on the South Brooks.  This followed on from nest monitoring studies which showed a high level of nest predation and that the majority of nest predation was mammalian (primarily fox, occasionally badger). Our wardens set up a 2 km…

    • 2 Aug 2021
  • A new dragonfly hotspot

    The British Dragonfly Society certainly picked a good week for 'Dragonfly Week' this year with lots of dragonflies and damselflies emerging, perching and hunting around the ponds and ditches on the reserve.  

    We can also announce a new species for Pulborough Brooks - a Southern Migrant Hawker dragonfly, found and photographed by Graham who is one of our volunteers.

    Southern migrant hawker by Graham Osborne

    This…

    • 25 Jul 2021
  • Facilities update - shop and cafe now open daily

    Gatekeeper butterfly - photo by Gareth Hughes

    Welcome back! As restrictions have eased further in England, we’re excited to continue to have many of our facilities OPEN for your visit! Here’s a summary of what’s available  

    Open daily, dawn til dusk:

    • Car park
    • Nature reserve trails 
    •  Hides - all 4 of our hides are now open

     Open daily 10 am – 4 pm 

    • Outdoor, staffed Welcome Point 
    • Toilets 
    • Café - take…
    • 25 Jul 2021
  • Habitat management work update - mid July

    We have a busy few months ahead out on the wet grassland with two significant projects being delivered on top of the annual habitat management work.   Whilst this work is being undertaken there will inevitably be some disturbance so we thought you’d like to know what we’re up to…

    Our first project the ‘wetland enhancement’ project will kick off next week and has been designed to improve the wet grassland…

    • 10 Jul 2021
  • This is the blog to look at if you ever need cheering up...lovely wader chicks

    I'm not going to write much this morning but will simply let you indulge in this lovely series of photos from our volunteer Graham Osborne...

    Enjoy 

    Avocet chasing off redshank

    Avocet chasing off mallard

    And this is why the avocet is being rather over-protective!

    Our avocet pair have 3 chicks who are getting bolder as they explore West Mead pool, but who do still retreat for cover and warmth.

    Joining the West…

    • 29 Jun 2021
  • Great news! West Mead hide is open.

    Great news! West Mead hide is open.
    Thanks to our volunteers for doing the repairs and cleaning.
    Even better news! You can see avocet, lapwing and redshank chicks from the hide (and mallard ducklings).

    Photo by volunteer Phil Thornton
     
    Please follow all guidance on hides doors regarding face masks, maximum capacity and social distancing.
     
    The vegetation alongside the path on the approach to the hide is…
    • 26 Jun 2021
  • Would you or someone you know like to be a warden at Pulborough Brooks nature reserve?

    Would you or someone you know like to be a warden at Pulborough Brooks nature reserve?

    The RSPB team in Sussex are seeking a dynamic, resourceful and motivated warden to join a reserves team managing four natures reserves totalling over 500 hectares of nature reserves in the South Downs National Park, including Pulborough Brooks, one of the most visited RSPB reserves in the UK. These diverse nature reserves comprise of…

    • 24 Jun 2021
  • Car park & nature trail closures during evening events

    We'll be closing our car park and nature trails at 7 pm on the evenings when we are holding night-time safari events. This is to ensure that numbers are limited to those who have booked places and so that social distancing can be maintained at our key viewpoints. 

    If you are visiting the reserve on these dates please make sure that you are off site by 7 pm as the gate will be closed to all visitors other than event…

    • 8 Jun 2021
  • Fast and fierce – the four-spotted chaser dragonfly

    Four-spotted chaser dragonfly by Graham Osborne

    Much of the four-spotted chaser’s life is spent hidden in the murky depths of the heathland pond. Around four weeks the after the female has laid her eggs the larvae hatch taking a minimum of two years in larval form to complete their development. The larvae are ambush predators, covered in numerous hair-like structures which trap debris, they are well camouflaged hiding…

    • 7 Jun 2021
  • Nightingale news and other sightings...

    I am delighted to report that we've had a great year for nightingales on the reserve with at least 10 males singing around the nature trails.

    Our first nightingale was reported very early on 4 April ( I usually predict they will arrive between the 10th and the 12th) but there was very little singing for the first couple of weeks.  Perhaps the males who had arrived first realised that the females would be unlikely to…

    • 1 Jun 2021
  • Poor man's buttonholes and pixie flowers

    An introduction to one of our prettiest spring flowers – Greater Stitchwort

    This pretty starry white springtime flower growing to calf height is often found thriving alongside red campion and bluebells on our woodland floors and grass verges.

    Greater Stitchwort by Chris Prince

    The plant’s name ‘Stitchwort’ refers to it ability to cure the pain associated with runners stitch. However there are many more documented…

    • 29 May 2021
  • We're excited to be able to open some of our hides again from Monday (17 May)

    Nightingale by Graham Osborne

    We’re excited to be able to open some of our hides again for your visit! Here’s a summary:

    Winpenny hide and Nettley’s hide will be open from Monday (17 May) from 10 am. West Mead hide and Little Hanger hide remain closed for now.

    You’ll notice we’ve made a few changes to keep everyone safe:

    • Seating is spaced out at 2m intervals, to allow for social distancing…
    • 13 May 2021
  • Current opening arrangements May 2021

    Treecreeper nest building by Graham Osborne

    In line with Government guidance the following facilities are OPEN

    Car park: dawn-dusk

    Trails: dawn-dusk (Entry charges apply)

    Toilets: 10 am – 4 pm daily

    Playground: open daily

    Shop: 10 am - 4 pm Wednesday – Sunday

    *Change in opening arrangements*

    Café takeaway: 10 am - 4 pm Wednesday - Sunday

    Our shop and cafe are both closed on Mondays and Tuesdays…

    • 5 May 2021
  • The return of the eagles - white-tailed eagle visits Amberley Wildbrooks

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and photos

    In 2010 on an annual holiday to the Scottish Highlands I was walking with friends near the coast of Wester Ross when we saw a very large bird of prey drifting into to land in a conifer tree.  The bird was head on in silhouette and left a powerful impression on my memory.  We wondered what this could be, with discussion centring on golden eagle and osprey, but without more…

    • 3 May 2021
  • When gorse is in bloom, kissing’s in fashion…

    Our Visitor Experience Officer Paula introduces you to gorse; one of the key plant species on our heathland.

    This green, spiny, evergreen densely packed shrub from the pea family thrives well on the sandy soils of our heath. Its bright yellow flowers appear early in the year, but there is normally some gorse in bloom every month of the year, hence the saying ‘when gorse is in bloom, kissing’s in fashion’.…

    • 20 Apr 2021
  • Meet the bravest creature on the heath...the spider hunting wasp

     I must admit to being a little bit scared of spiders, so finding out that there was a creature who actively seeks them out filled me with awe. I was keen to see one of these brave and fearless insects so took to the sunny, sandy slopes on the heath.

    The spider-hunting wasp is a long-legged restless insect that spends much of the time running over the sand, antennae constantly twitching as they explore any holes and…

    • 20 Apr 2021
  • Tramper mobility vehicles now available - pre-booking only

    Our two 'tramper' mobility vehicles have been fully serviced and are now ready for use again!

    Pre-booking is essential - this is to ensure that a member of our team is available to sanitise the vehicle and get everything prepared for you.

    To book one of our vehicles, please get in touch by email to pulborough.brooks@b.org.uk at least couple of days in advance, and let us know when you would like to borrow the…

    • 17 Apr 2021
  • Dawn Chorus Weekends - find out about our early opening to celebrate magical birdsong.

    Listening to the dawn chorus is a truly incredible experience and we'll be opening up early over two weekends to help you enjoy it.

    Saturday 24 April & Sunday 25 April from 5 am

    Saturday 1 May & Sunday 2 May from 5 am

    Come along and enjoy the dawn chorus at Pulborough Brooks. We’ll be hoping that our premier songster, the nightingale, will be joined by a choir of brilliant birds as the sun rises.  Whilst…

    • 12 Apr 2021