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Nightingales touch down in sussex

News was spreading around the village that the Nightingales had returned to our little village of Barcombe in East Sussex. Its a long flight from their winter territories in Africa, before they touch down and set up camp near the Secret Campsite.

So, its a great moment when they arrive and start singing. Its hugely loved, annual performances, during April and May.

The village is abuzz with talk of how many have been heard and where their territories are along the dismantled railway track that links the campsite to the village.

First night walk of the year

So, on Thursday evening when the sun had fully set, I ventured out along the railway track to listen.

Luck was in. I was immediately welcomed by a beautiful song from deep within a dense patch of blackthorn at the edge of the campsite. A male was treating me to the long, hugely varied series of melodies. You need to leave any self importance back at home. This enchanting song is not aimed at us. Its target is any passing females freshly arrived from Africa.

I walked halfway to the village and heard 2 more. A feast of sound. In the coming weeks the track will be filled with more males establishing their territories.

Other Nightingale lovers

We are also lucky to have amazing folk singer Sam Lee based in the area. Sam and his team host their Singing with Nightingales events which include a walk and tour of the area accompanied with delicious food and drinks around a campfire.

Nightingales included with your camping trip

But if you fancy a more peaceful nightingale experience you can book to stay with us at The Secret Campsite and enjoy ad hoc ambles along the track, as and when it takes your fancy.

Alternatively, you can tuck yourself up in bed and listen to the nightingales singing though the night accompanied by the odd Tawny owl or a Fox.

If you’re really lucky, you may even get the Marsh Frog backing chorus as the singing season gets into full flow.

Nightingales are dowdy little birds, but they pack a bug punch when it comes to attracting their mates.

Barcombe’s growing flock of nightingales go one step further, attracting lots of people, keen to reconnect with nature and the beautiful songs that they sing.