The charming Pulborough Brooks
We made the most of todays’s warm and sunny weather and decided to go and do a spot of bird watching at this lovely nature reserve run by RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) in the Arun Valley and South Downs National Park. We are very furtunate to live within half an hour’s drive of this most charming location and our RSPB membership entitles us to free entry, another good reason to come.
The lovely Jupps View at Pulborough Brooks
We spent just under 2 hours following the various trails to different hides from which to watch a number of wading birds, such as lapwings, herons, coots and egrets, one of my favourte birds. We also spent some time listening to the enchanting nightingales, but unfortunately they did not make an appearence for us today, although we did manage to see a couple spotted flycatchers at one of the pods, a first for me!
Island with shellducks, lapwings and coots
Of course, there were other features to attract bees and other insects to the site and to encourage children to take an interest in Nature. I particularly enjoyed the Bugs’ Hotel and the Solitary Bee Shelter! I had never seen one before: just wonderful!
The Bugs’ Hotel
The Solitary Bee Shelter: Magic!
I was thrilled to get a close-up picture of an Greenfinch and a Long-tailed Tit , even though they may seem a bit blurry (need a better zoom lens, I think).
An obliging Greenfinch
A Long-tailed Tit
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this tranquil and beautiful corner of West Sussex and I hope my readers will enjoy the pictures too. Do come and visit if you are in the area.
As we have now sold our Elddis Motorhome and won’t be going away again until early July, missing out on our May half term holiday, and taking advantage of the glorious sunshine, we thought we would just drive to this beautiful natural wildlife sanctuary, which is only a few minutes from our house.
The thatched bird watching hut at harbour entrance
Looking towards the village and church
We used to come here often when we first moved to Bognor Regis on our long Sunday walks with our son followed by a drink in a local pub, a habit that, sadly, we have neglected of late, sometimes due to the awful weather but also to the always rising beer prices. But the sun was out with a vengeance today, first time this month, and I just couldn’t wait to get out there and soak up all those important sun rays and enjoy a stroll in this very special local jewel.
A natural pool for wildlife
It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve seen this natural harbour, it always looks marvellous at any time of year, not just because of the gorgeous landscape of the wetlands but because of the wading birds that live here or come to visit at different times of year, like little egrets, herons and ringed plovers. It really is a treat for bird watchers and walkers alike and we are very privileged to live so near such a special place.
A heron in the bushes!
A swan feeding and a heron in flight crossing right in the middle of the picture
Another swan leading the cows to the water!
I really believe the cows were following the swan
The site is now managed by the RSPB and more information about location and special events can be found here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/p/paghamharbour/about.aspx
A beautiful field full of buttercups and Pagham village in background
Plant life is also stunning here