What could be more romantic than a spring trip to hear that most celebrated of songsters, the nightingale? Happily, it isn’t difficult to organise so long as you live in the south of England, especially the south east.
Check the field trip schedule of almost any wildlife society from Dorset to Norfolk between April and June and there is bound to be at least one dedicated nightingale trip.
Nightingales sing day and night, but evenings have glamour. Avoid windy conditions, but rain shouldn’t hinder the performance too much.
Where to hear nightingales in the UK
1. Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex
Pulborough Brooks is set in the sheltered Arun Valley within the South Downs National Park.
The Visitor Centre and reserve is open all year and boasts a great variety of habitats including wetlands, woodland, and heathland. Pulborough Brooks is a haven for a wide range of wildlife, and a fantastic day out for people of all ages.
2. Paxton Pits, Cambridgeshire