• Big Garden Birdwatch - what will you see?

    Our new Visitor Experience Officer, Lydia, now reveals the top 5 in our Big Garden Birdwatch usual suspects list...

    We're getting excited about this weekend's Big Garden Birdwatch - we can't wait to see which species will be top of the charts at our bird feeding station.  Could it be the chirpy house sparrow, or will it be the brilliant blue tit?

    Last week's blog introduced you to the birds at 10 down to 6…

    • 26 Jan 2022
  • Be wowed by your local wildlife - get ready for Big Garden Birdwatch.

    It’s January and that only means one thing, it’s time for the Big Garden Birdwatch! Our new Visitor Experience Officer, Lydia, explains how to get involved and introduces you to some of the usual suspects!

    Over the last 43 years the Big Garden Birdwatch has become one of the largest wildlife surveys and is really one of a kind. The magnitude of data collected over this time has given us a unique insight into…

    • 22 Jan 2022
    • 17 Jan 2022
  • Changes to car parking at Pulborough Brooks from 31 January 2022

    Introduction of parking charges at RSPB Pulborough Brooks
    • 6 Jan 2022
  • Cafe closed this weekend - Sat 18 & Sun 19 December

    We're sorry that due to staff illness the cafe will be closed this weekend. Nature trails, shop and toilets open as normal.

    • 18 Dec 2021
  • Recent sightings Friday 10 December – anything but a lesser spotted woodpecker

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and photos - recent sightings Friday 10 December – anything but a lesser spotted woodpecker

    In the afternoon of Friday 3 December I overheard a radio conversation about a lesser spotted woodpecker seen clearly at the Pipe Pond. Now in 35 years of birding the lesser spotted woodpecker feels like a mythical creature for me. I have looked for them on several occasions without success…

    • 16 Dec 2021
  • Festive opening hours

    Photo: Robin by Graham Osborne

    If you're planning to visit us over the festive period, here are the details you'll need on when our facilities will be open.

    • 23 December:  Visitor centre, shop, café and toilets open, 10 am-4pm. The car park and nature reserve will close at 4 pm when the access gates will be locked.
    • Christmas Eve: car park, nature reserve, visitor centre, shop, café and toilets cl…
    • 15 Dec 2021
  • Cafe closed tomorrow (Wednesday 15 December)

    We're sorry that we won't be able to open our cafe tomorrow due to staff illness.

    Please be aware that there may be further closures later in the week as a result.

    Welcome, shop, toilets and trails open as usual.

    • 14 Dec 2021
  • A very uncommon crane - volunteer Phil recounts a day with an unusual but welcome addition to his sightings list.

    A very uncommon crane - volunteer Phil recounts a day with an unusual but welcome addition to his sightings list.

    On Friday 12 November I arrived on a damp and dismal morning and, with a strong south westerly blowing, and resolved to seek shelter from the rain and wind in Nettley’s Hide until the weather faired up. First however I dropped by the Hanger for a brief check on the presence of a peregrine in the willow tree…

    • 7 Dec 2021
  • Great spot! Exciting sightings of lesser spotted woodpecker

    Thanks to volunteer Rob King for his article.

    There has been much excitement recently at RSPB Pulborough Brooks due to a spate of sightings of a rarely seen woodpecker; the lesser spotted woodpecker.

    There are three native woodpecker species in the UK. Let’s meet them.

    The green woodpecker is a large, predominantly green, bird which often betrays its presence by a “yaffle” – a laugh-like call. They are frequently…

    • 6 Dec 2021
  • Blues and twos - wildlife sightings from a mid-week walk

    Thank you to volunteer John for his report:

    This lovely sunny day brought out the birds and the birders at Pulborough. Ted and I met so many people there it was like the old pre-covid days.

    Our first survey of the newly ploughed field and the brooks revealed little except a lone mistle thrush on the top of the big oak which was briefly joined by a redwing. Into West Mead hide and the water levels have gone down in the…

    • 20 Nov 2021
  • Celebrate your inner Robin on our adventure trail this Christmas

    (Credit Aardman/Netflix).  

    We’re delighted to be partnering with Netflix and Aardman on Robin Robin, a half-hour, stop-motion, festive story for the whole family, about a young robin trying to fit in. It’s debuting on Netflix on 24 November – get the date in your diary! 

    To celebrate, we’re inviting you to join exclusive Robin Robin-themed adventure trails right here at Pulborough Brooks this Christmas season…

    • 18 Nov 2021
  • Notice of temporary hide closure - Sun 21 November

    Notice of temporary hide closure - Sunday 21 November 11am - 12.30pm.

    West Mead hide will be closed for a couple of hours whilst it is in use on a reserve event. All other hides and viewpoints remain open.

    • 17 Nov 2021
  • Winter wetland and birding for beginners events

    Our wetlands are at their best in the winter months - teeming with ducks, geese and wading birds. We're offering special 'hire a guide' events to help you enjoy the wonderful winter wetlands.

    We're offering a 'dawn of the ducks' experience and a 'birding for beginners' workshop as 'hire a guide' events so you'll have a dedicated guide and private use of one of the hides. This means that you'll be in a small…

    • 2 Nov 2021
  • A satisfying Sunday...wildlife sightings from the weekend

    Thanks to volunteer Graham for his wildlife highlights and photos...

    Some fine weather, a good selection of birds and plenty of visitors resulted in yet another very satisfying Sunday at Pulborough Brooks. 

    Sightings of three (or more?) marsh harriers and at least three peregrines on the South Brooks were the highlights of the day. Although I was not able to obtain satisfactory photos of either of these two species I did…

    • 25 Oct 2021
  • 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


    • 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