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.

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're holding our nightingale-themed night time safaris on Thursday 18 April and Friday 3 May.  Booking is essential for these guided walks and full details of this evening event are listed under 'Night -time safari - a watch of nightingales'.

If you would like to join a daytime guided walk to look and listen to nightingales then join our 'Not quite dawn chorus' guided walk on Monday 6 May - booking is essential.


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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