• What's the buzz?

    On the few bright sunny days we had earlier this spring, it’s been delightful to spot queen bees bumbling around searching for early flowers like the blackthorn blossom. One of my ambitions for the year was to get to grips with bee identification, but alongside many of you, I’m now working from home and my access to nature is rather restricted. But, if you do have a garden then why not take my bee challenge…how many different…

    • 31 Mar 2020
  • RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve now closed

    Following the latest clear instructions from the Government for us all to remain at home apart from a limited number of allowed activities, we are closing our reserve to visitors until further notice.

     This means we will close our car park, toilets, hides and playground to the public. These measures are on top of the existing closure of our visitor centre, cafe and shop.  It is with great sadness that we ask people to refrain…

    • 24 Mar 2020
  • Upcoming events at Pulborough Brooks

    The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and visitors are our priority, in line with the latest Government advice, RSPB has taken the decision to cancel future events until further notice.

    If you have already booked and paid for an event this spring, we will be contacting you to offer a refund.

    We will not be taking bookings for future events until Government advice suggests that Visitor centres can be re-opened…

    • 20 Mar 2020
  • Update on reserve opening - Visitor centre closed but nature trails open.

    Following the latest government advice we have made the difficult decision to close our visitor centre - including our toilets, café and shop to visitors by the end of Friday 20 March. This is to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

     These are difficult and unsettling times for all of us but we hope that nature can provide a welcome respite in whichever form and wherever you may…

    • 19 Mar 2020
  • Announcing our new 'Inspired by Nature spring festival'

    This year we'll be hosting a special new event over the May bank holiday weekend - our Inspired by Nature spring festival.

    In addition to events celebrating our wonderful springtime wildlife we'll be playing host to local artists, photographers and writers - here's our programme below:

    Inspired by Nature Spring Festival

    Friday 8 May, Saturday 9 May & Sunday 10 May

     Time: 10 am – 4 pm

    Cost: Nature…

    • 6 Mar 2020
  • Monday 2 March - Visitor Centre closing at 3 pm

    On Monday 2 March, our visitor centre and cafe will be closing at 3 pm for staff training and development.

    Last orders in the cafe will be at 2.30 pm.

    The nature trail will remain open as normal.

    • 19 Feb 2020
  • Recent Sightings Friday 31st January – Excellent birding on a grey damp day

    Recent Sightings Friday 31st January – Excellent birding on a grey damp day - thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and photos.

    The forecast grey and drizzly conditions duly arrived and stayed all day. It is easy to be put of birding in this weather, so I was pleased to see that we had more visitors than expected braving the conditions.  I’ve long been of the view that birding can be rewarding in any weather and…

    • 3 Feb 2020
  • Getting to know your neighbours - the robin

    In preparation for our Big Garden Birdwatch on 25 - 27 January we'll be introducing you to some of the birds that you're likely to find in gardens.  

    Today's bird is the robin

    Photo by Chris Prince

    As I wander down the nature trail I pause to scan for winter visitors – the redwings and fieldfares raiding the hedgerows in search of juicy haws, hips and berries. And then I spot movement on the branch just next…

    • 22 Jan 2020
  • Upcoming hedgerow & scrub management work

    Over the next month or so one of the main jobs that our wardens and work party will be doing is the management of our hedgerows and areas of scrub. This is the ideal time to do hedgerow & scrub work so it can be completed before our breeding birds begin to nest later in March.

    Creating a management cycle

    The team have been working hard to create a management plan for these habitats to ensure that we have a schedule…

    • 21 Jan 2020
  • Getting to know your neighbours - long-tailed tits

    In preparation for our Big Garden Birdwatch on 25 - 27 January we'll be introducing you to some of the birds that you're likely to find in gardens.  

    Today's bird is the Long-tailed tit

    Photo by Anne Harwood

    Watching a excitable gang of long-tailed tits visiting your feeders is such a treat. These lovely birds almost always come in a gang - you'll hear their high pitched calls first of all and then one after…

    • 15 Jan 2020
  • Getting to know your neighbours - the blue tit

    In preparation for our Big Garden Birdwatch on 25 - 27 January we'll be introducing you to some of the birds that you're likely to find in gardens.  

    Today's bird is the Blue tit

    Photo by Chris Prince

    Blue tits are inquisitive birds and are one of the first species to explore a new garden feeders and the most likely to use a nest box. We recommend using our Classic seed feeder or Easy-clean® seed feeders.…

    • 13 Jan 2020
  • Table manners - getting ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch

    As I live close to the seafront, birdwatching from the comfort of my home most often involves admiring the worm-charming talents of herring gulls, but watching the feeders we have set up at Pulborough Brooks offers me a different selection of ‘garden guests’. So, in preparation for January’s Big Garden Birdwatch, I’m going to celebrate the joys of sitting with a cup of tea watching the to-ings and fro-ings around the…

    • 10 Jan 2020
  • Recent Sightings Friday 20th December – Another Great Flood

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and photos

    When I first started volunteering here in Autumn 2014 the great floods of winter 2013-14 were fresh in people’s memories, and I learned that the whole of the brooks had been under water for about 2 months. The stories emphasised the fact that much of the reserve is part of the flood plain of the River Arun, but has some protection from a flood bank running by the river…

    • 28 Dec 2019
  • Recent Sightings Friday 13th December – The Dashing “Pigeon Hawk”

    Recent Sightings Friday 13th December – The Dashing “Pigeon Hawk” - thanks to volunteer Phil for his article and photos

    This day provided one of those special wildlife moments that stay in the memory. It all started in Winpenny Hide, an excellent place to spot birds of prey which often seem to prefer to hunt around the longer grasses near the riverbank, when no less than 3 marsh harriers appeared, drifting…

    • 20 Dec 2019
  • Christmas opening hours

    Hello everyone!

    If you are planning to visit us over the festive period, please note our Christmas opening hours below:

    Christmas Eve - The Visitor Centre will be shut all day. The nature trails and car park remain open but the whole site will be closed at 4 pm. You must be off site by then as the car park will be locked.

    Christmas Day - The Visitor Centre, nature trails and car park will be shut all day

    Boxing Day -…

    • 18 Dec 2019
  • Wonderful wildlife for our Wild Winter Weekend

    We're getting ready for our Wild Winter open weekend which is taking place this weekend - Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December.  The weather is certainly suitably wild today - I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will become bright and clear by the weekend!

    But never mind the weather...the wildlife here at the moment is fantastic! By the end of our morning team 'huddle' we'd seen large numbers of ducks…

    • 26 Nov 2019
  • Recent Sightings Friday 1st November – A Sandpiper Identification Challenge

    Recent Sightings Friday 1st November – A Sandpiper Identification Challenge - thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and sightings

    On this day West Mead provided a wonderful opportunity to study one of the more unusual wading birds that turns up occasionally at Pulborough Brooks.   A wood sandpiper was feeding around the pool margins and stayed all morning giving close views.

    This is a species I’ve only seen a…

    • 6 Nov 2019
  • A woodland wander - fantastic fungi!

    I hope that some of you have been to the nature reserve over the last month and enjoyed the fungi trail that we have set up around the wooded heath.

    Since marmite on toast is my breakfast of choice, I've always been a fan of fungi - yeast is a magical thing!  And as I've learnt more about it, I've found it even more fascinating...such wonderful shapes & colours and amazing names.

    But as well as providing…

    • 28 Oct 2019
  • Recent sightings for later October - The View from Nettley's hide

    Thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and photos.

    This is the view from Nettey’s Hide taken a few days ago on one of those sunshine and showery days. 

    However there is much more to be seen here than rainbows..

    One of the comments we sometimes receive from visitors is that on the brooks you are often viewing wildlife at a considerable distance. Unfortunately building hides and access paths in the middle of a floodplain…

    • 28 Oct 2019
  • October wildlife sightings

    Whilst my previous blog post focused on the habitat management work at the reserve I thought that an update on the wildlife sightings was long overdue, so here's an overview of what's been seen over the past week or so.

    As the water levels have been rising, the number of ducks has been increasing with good numbers of wigeon and teal now on site and a few shoveler and pintail in amongst them.

    Teal are currently…

    • 18 Oct 2019
  • It's a wetland again!

    After an incredibly dry summer left many of our pools dried out, I can now report that we are well and truly a wetland again with recent rain having filled up all of the pools and ditches on the brooks.

    We're still trying to finish off some of the habitat management work having to balance the desire to get the work done with the risk that we might get the tractor stuck! We'd still like to continue rotavating the edges…

    • 18 Oct 2019
  • Pulborough Brooks service station open!

    The last week or so has seen a steady stream of migrating birds stopping off at the nature reserve to rest and refuel - treating us like a service station on their long southwards journey.

    I was out and about yesterday morning leading a 'Birding for Beginners' session, introducing migration and some of the birds that we see here at this time of year. At the new (and as of yet un-named) viewpoint above Jupp's View we were…

    • 1 Sep 2019
  • Autumn colour

    All of us will have a particular moment or sign which signals the transition from summer to autumn.  For some it will be the swallows leaving our shores heading south, for others the first fairy-tale fly agaric toadstool popping up. Some may watch for the ripening of fruit and thinking of sloe gin or blackberry jelly. But for many it will be the changing colour, the transition from green to golden that announces the arrival…

    • 1 Sep 2019
  • Water vole toilets and the beginning of redstart season

    Recent sightings Friday 16 August   Water vole toilets and the beginning of redstart season - thanks to volunteer Phil for his report and photos.

    Visitors to the Wetland Discovery Zone through the small gate off Adder Alley may have noticed some small wooden platforms on the water surface in the ditches. These have been installed in the hope that they will be used by water voles which I now learn tend to leave their droppings…

    • 20 Aug 2019
  • 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