THE first nightingale of the year has been sighted at RSPB Pulborough Brooks, and within an hour, three people reported hearing the bird’s distinctive song.
The nightingale’s song has been celebrated for thousands of years, giving rise to legends, fairy tales, music and poetry, but fewer and fewer people are able to experience this wonder of nature because the birds undergo a long and arduous journey to get here, before competing for a territory and a mate, then raising a family.
Paul Spiers, RSPB warden, said: “With such steep declines in the population, it is great Pulborough Brooks has become a stronghold for this threatened species. We work hard to give them a home here.”
From Saturday, April 26 to Monday, May 5, the reserve is hosting its annual Nightingale Festival with evening and early-morning walks.