Nightingale festival

Saturday 4 May to Monday 6 May

Drop in between 10 am and 4 pm

Price: Nature trail charges apply to all non members

Our most celebrated songsters, the nightingales, have arrived!

This wonderful bird makes the journey from Africa, south of the Sahara, to Pulborough Brooks for just a few months of the year. As soon as he arrives, the male starts to sing to woo a female and intimidate any male rivals and the hedgerows come alive with their incredible song. With piercing whistles, dramatic crescendos, frog-like croaks and a section that sounds like machine gun fire, the nightingale has been likened to a jazz musician with a love of improvisation! A chorus of warblers and other birds provide the backing vocals - come along and experience this springtime sensation with us.

Help will be on hand throughout the weekend with friendly guides in the visitor centre and out on the nature trail in our nightingale hot spots.

Drop in at anytime between 10 am and 4 pm (they sing beautifully during the daytime as well as during the night) and experience this wonder of nature.

Over the weekend we'll be joined by Dr Bethan Roberts who will be talking about the cultural history of the nightingale and encouraging you to write your own 'Ode to the Nightingale'.  We'll also be celebrating the inspirational women who founded the RSPB with author Tessa Boase and playwright Nicola Schofield.  Please take a look at the separate listings for full information on the timings of these talks and workshops.

All of our nightingale festival events are being supported this year by Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.

If you would like to experience the nightingales 'after dark' we do still have places on our 'Night-time safari with supper' on Friday 26 April. After supper in the cafe we'll go out for a walk and listen out for nightingales and look for bats, owls and other night creatures. 


Pulborough Brooks Uppertons Barn Visitor Centre Wiggonholt Pulborough

Full list of dates

  • Saturday 4 May 2019
  • Sunday 5 May 2019
  • Monday 6 May 2019

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 50.93729, -0.49562 (Google Maps)
  • Postcode: RH20 2EL
  • County: West Sussex

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