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About Pulborough Brooks

Female lapwing in rushy pasture, Northumberland

Image: Andy Hay

Pulborough Brooks is set in the sheltered Arun Valley within the South Downs National Park.

The Visitor Centre and reserve is open all year and boasts a great variety of habitats including wetlands, woodland, and heathland. Pulborough Brooks is a haven for a wide range of wildlife, and a fantastic day out for people of all ages.

Walks lead through hedge-lined paths to viewing areas and hides where volunteers are often on hand to help point out the wildlife. If you're new to nature, introductory events, guided walks and courses are held throughout the year.

In winter, the flooded meadows teem with ducks, geese and swans, whilst in spring, wading birds, such as lapwings and redshanks, breed amongst the pools and ditches, and nightingales sing from the hedgerows.

Then in the height of summer, butterflies and dragonflies take centre stage, flitting around the sunny hedge lined nature trail and ponds.

A heathland restoration project is already attracting woodlarks and nightjars, adding to the sheer variety this reserve has to offer.

When you’re feeling peckish, the café awaits, where you can enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch. Or perhaps you will simply be tempted to try a scrumptious slice of cake with a refreshing fair-trade tea or coffee.

Then complete your visit with a browse around the shop, which is stocked full of our extensive range of birdcare products, binoculars, books and gifts, or let the kids loose in the children's play area.

Opening times

Visitor Centre 9.30am-5pm daily, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The nature trail is open daily sunrise to sunset, except Christmas Day.

Entrance charges

Entrance to the Visitor Centre is free. Nature trail entry: adults £5, children £2, family (two adults and up to four children) £12. Free to RSPB members.

If you are new to birdwatching...

Introductory walks and courses available throughout the year. Binoculars are available to hire during your visit.

Information for families

Children's and family events, play area, discovery sheets and Explorer Backpacks available to hire.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are only allowed on public footpaths and bridleways. Sorry, dogs are not allowed on the wetland nature trail. Dogs on leads are welcome on the heathland trail, and on public footpaths and bridleways.

Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 50.93729,-0.49562
  • Postcode: RH20 2EL
  • Grid reference: TQ058164
  • Nearest town: Pulborough, West Sussex
  • County: West Sussex
  • Country: England

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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.

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