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Explore Nightingale Wood
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 2.8/5)


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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Yeah nice place - beautiful trees establishing themselves. Bird hide - info about possible birds to look for etc might be nice.

Darren and Judi, 5/May/2014
2 Stars 2 Stars

I was disappointe with the state of the bird hide when entering it. my first instint was to turn around and walk out .i'm glad i did't as i had some amazing sightings of an owl in the wild.Bird hide does need a bit of DIY and a good clean.

lynda, 12/May/2012
2 Stars 2 Stars

The low point was the Bird Hide if that's what you call it. Rubbish all over the floor, and hinges and handles missing off the wooden 'openings'. Dog poo everywhere is what happens when you allow dogs that aren't controlled on leads. Let's hope no birds decide to nest on the ground

Birder, 11/Apr/2011
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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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