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Seasonal highlights

Each season brings a different experience at our nature reserves. In spring, the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. In summer, look out for young birds making their first venture into the outside world. Autumn brings large movements of migrating birds - some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter. In winter, look out for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying at dusk to form large roosts to keep warm.

Spring

In the scrub and hedgerows there are spring migrant birds (including nightingales, blackcaps, garden warblers, whitethroats and lesser whitethroats). On the brooks there are displaying lapwings and redshanks, passage waders and the last of the wintering ducks. Great display of bluebells and other flowers in the woodland.

LapwingLesser whitethroatNightingaleRedshank - non-breeding plumage
LapwingLesser whitethroatNightingaleRedshank

Summer

Many species of wildflower, butterfly and dragonfly around the nature trail. On the brooks there are broods of ducklings in the ditches, swallows feeding low over cattle grazed fields and passage waders on the pools. Barn owls hunt over the brooks in the evening.

Barn owlCommon sandpiperGreen sandpiperSwallow
Barn owlCommon sandpiperGreen sandpiperSwallow

Autumn

Migrating spotted flycatchers, redstarts, whinchats and yellow wagtails around the reserve in hedgerows and on the brooks during September. On the brooks, passage waders continue to appear into October. Winter ducks such as wigeons, teals and shovelers start to build up in numbers from early september. Fieldfares, redwings and other thrushes feeding in the hedgerows arrive in October.

Shoveler - maleSpotted flycatcherYellow wagtail
ShovelerSpotted flycatcherYellow wagtail

Winter

Thousands of wintering ducks, geese, swans and waders use the flooded brooks. Main species are wigeons, teals, pintails, shovelers, mallards, lapwings, ruffs, snipe and Bewick's swans. Short-eared owls, barn owls, hen harriers, peregrines, merlins and sparrowhawks are also regularly seen hunting over the reserve.

Bewick's swan - adultMerlin - malePintail - maleFemale ruff (reeve)
Bewick's swanMerlinPintailRuff

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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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