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Explore Nightingale Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.6/5)


Nightingale Wood in South Marston, nr Swindon, is a unique wildlife site.

It is a new community woodland planted in the 1990's with a wetland area on an ex-agricultural site. The site supports a large variety of wildlife especially birds. The mixed trees here are still in the early stages of growth but already a new woodland can be seen to be emerging.

Nightingale Wood has a main car park with a small number of picnic tables and a choice of three easy access trails to choose from. The Great Western Community Forest project has produced a downloadable leaflet for Nightingale which can be accessed via the link under 'useful sites'.

There are hard surface paths throughout the three waymarked trails on site.  Trim trail equipment suitable for all ages was installed in 2009 with funding from the Great Western Community Forest project.

Heron Walk
  • Easy
The longest of the walking trails in Nightingale Wood.
Kestrel Walk
  • Easy
a short walking trail passing the wildlife viewing area.
Nightingale Walk
  • Easy
The shortest walking trail at Nightingale Wood.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Seen alot off deer and owls early evening around the hide and the occasional king fisher

Anonymous, 16/Apr/2015

Great, it's good to hear what's spotted at our sites, thank you.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

If you follow the route to Roves Farm they allow walkers to pop in and use the tea room free of charge which is nice. Good solid paths suitable for buggies. Lots of dog poo on paths sadly. A few incidents of dogs killing animals at Roves Farm recently so please be responsible if you take dogs

Anonymous, 5/Nov/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Stop complaining people. I have just visited this place for the first time. Thought it was great. Caters for everyone - children, dog walkers, easy walking options, and nature lovers. It was well looked after and FREE. Any where else and you would have been charged parking. Well done.

julie, 3/Oct/2014

Thank you we're glad you enjoyed your visit.

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What's Here?

  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Walking
  • Wildlife
  • Nightingale wood holds a diverse variety of birdlife. A bird watching hide is available on the Heron Walk.
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OS Grid ref: SU206883

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