Plan your visit
Car park: open daily, dawn-dusk.
Nature reserve: open daily, dawn-dusk.
Toilets: open daily, 10am-4pm.
Visitor Centre: outdoor welcome hub open daily, 10 am-4 pm.
Shop: open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays).
Café: open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm for take aways. (Closed Monday and Tuesday).
Hides: Three of our hides are now open.
Festive opening times:
- Christmas Eve: Reserve and car park open. Visitor centre (inc toilets), shop and cafe closed.
- Christmas Day: Reserve and car park open. Visitor centre (inc toilets), shop and cafe closed.
- Boxing Day: Reserve and car park open. Visitor centre (inc toilets), shop and cafe closed.
- New Year's Eve: Open, 10am-4pm. Shop closed.
- New Year's Day: Open, 10am-4pm. Shop closed.
- All other days in the festive period are open our usual winter opening hours as above.
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Other discounts
Educational facilities are closed
How to get here
The nearest station is Pulborough 2 miles (4 km) from the reserve. Taxi's are available.
Compass Bus 100, from Burgess Hill to Horsham, stops at Pulborough train station and serves the stop immediately outside the reserve. It is a request stop, so you will need to ask the driver to drop you outside the reserve when you board.
Located approximately 2 miles/3.2 km from Pulborough village. Follow the A283 towards Storrington. The reserve is located on the right-hand side.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
The reserve is 2.5 miles/4km via road and public footpath from Pulborough railway station. The public footpath that crosses the nature reserve can be very wet and muddy following rain and can be impassable if the river has flooded.
Information for dog owners
The Wetland trail is not a public footpath, so sorry, no dogs are permitted on here other than assistance dogs. They are also not permitted in the play area or in the cafe other than assistance dogs.
Dogs are welcome, on a lead, on parts of the Wooded Heathland Trail and on the public footpaths and bridleways around the nature reserve. Dogs walkers are also very welcome to bring their dogs onto the tea terrace adjacent to the café.
Please keep to the designated rights of way only and keep your dog on a lead and under close, effective control at all times, due to the sensitive wildlife, habitats and livestock here.
We know that the countryside is a dog walking paradise. It’s important to remember the special surroundings here are wonderful havens for rare wildlife. Even if dogs are very well behaved, wildlife and livestock can easily become startled by a loose dog they perceive as a predator.
Disturbing wildlife does more than simply causing it to move away; it uses up their energy, decreasing their chance of survival regardless of season.
Thank you for protecting the special wildlife here by keeping your dog on a lead and under close, effective control.
- Dog water bowls are available in the Visitor Centre courtyard.
- There are dog waste bins on the edge of the car park, alternatively, we ask that you take their waste home with you to dispose of.
- Dogs die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.
Group booking information
Groups are very welcome to visit the nature reserve and coach parking is available. Groups of 10 or more must book in advance by email to email@example.com or by phone 01798 875851 so we can help ensure that you get the most out of your visit. Youth groups are also welcome and we can offer a variety of hands on activities - please contact us to discuss arrangements.
Occasionally, if there are already several visiting groups, or we're running a special event, we might suggest that you choose an alternative day, rather than find your favourite spots on the reserve busy (or encounter long queues in the cafe). We may also be able to offer guided walks.
Schools booking information
Due to Covid-19 measures, we have temporarily paused our school visits until autumn 2021. For information on our exciting programme of curriculum-linked, outdoor education sessions, visit our school trips information.
School visits to Pulborough Brooks are curriculum-linked, hands-on and fun, with a wide range of habitats to explore all year round. We can accommodate up to three large classes of children per day.
We provide all equipment - children only need to bring suitable clothing, drinks and packed lunches. For more information see our school visit pages.
Primary sessions (approximately two hours)
- EYFS & KS1: Brilliant birds / Discovering Land Minibeasts / Discovering Pond Minibeasts / Seasonal Sensory Walk / Plant Detectives.
- KS2: Investigationg Rivers, Investigating Minibeasts / Living Things and their Habitats / Pond Habitat Study / Rocks and Soils / Discovering Birds.
Secondary sessions (customisable to suit your requirements, designed to last all day)
- KS3: Geography - Fieldwork / Science - Ecological Investigations and Sampling.
- KS4: Geography - Ecosystems / Science - Fieldwork Techniques / Science - Managing for Water Quality.
- KS5 Biology: Sampling Biodiversity / Succession / Human Impact.
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