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Explore Nightingale Wood
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)


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

We are regular users of Nightingale Wood,everyday we walk with our dog. Would it be possible to repair the potholes on the road to the wood as they deep & will ruin our car.Thanking You.

Michael & Marion Young., 12/Sep/2017

We will take a look at the pot holes as a priority and see if this is a possibility.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

My wife and I usually enjoy walking the paths of Nightingale Woods but today (Thursday 18th May) we had a bad incident with a dog. The woman who I thought was the owner had the dog running loose, it charged at my wife and myself from about 80 yards away. We put our hands in our pockets and kept still. It eventually went back to the woman, who turned out to be a dog walker and not it's owner, which is why it didn't obey her commands. She was with another woman dog walker, they were wearing pink tops with the name of the company, which I think may have had the word Chip in it. My concern is the dog was clearly out of the woman's control and she seemed to think it funny and was quite aggressive when I told her the dog should be on a lead. Also, not far behind us was a family group, with a toddler who was was running about. If the dog had charged him or he had run into it's path he could have been seriously hurt. We have also seen deer quite close to the paths so I would ask you to consider making it compulsory for dogs to be kept on a lead when in the woods for the safety of other users and wild animals.

John Sirrelle, 18/May/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

great woodlands. Have doggie group walks AND WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS pick up as we all HATE dog poo left behind. Enjoyable walk for older humans,older dogs,nd young children. Ideal for pushchairs and wheelchairs. JUST REMEMBER OTHER DOG WALKERS PICK UP after your Dog/s it's NOT far to a BIN.

Mandy and crackerbury friends, 26/Apr/2017
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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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