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There are 3 great locations in West Sussex for Bird watching and one of them is right on our doorstep in Pulborough. Pulborough Brooks, Arundel Wetlands and Pagham Harbour are all within easy reach of the Hotel so you can combine your stay at Chequers with a visit to these three sites. 

Pulborough's Brooks RSPB's diverse terrain of woodland, wetland and heath land make it the ideal spot to see a variety of wildlife in once place including birds, insects and mammals such as deer. The centre's nature trials take you on a two mile exploration across Pulborough brooks to the river Arun, and the heath land trail takes you into one of the world's rarest and threatened habitats. On top of the ability to visit the centre year round and plan your own agenda, the centre offers a variety of seasonal events for all ages. A favorite of guests in the summer months is an early sunrise walk around the wetlands to catch the "early birds" before they return back to the hotel for a hearty and well deserved famous Chequers breakfast!

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The current seasons highlights are updated on their website. The Spring Highlights include: Wandering along the nature trails listening for nightingales and warblers singing in the woodland and hedgerows, experience the reserve as it bursts into life with the primroses and bluebells which flower along the nature trails and in the woodland and marveling at the 'loopy' lapwings as they perform their aerial displays over the wet meadows.

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Hidden in the tress, just north of the historic town of Arundel sits the Arundel Wetlands Centre. The centre itself consists of paved walkways and boardwalks meaning its ideal for pushchairs, little legs and big legs, although you may have to share the pathways with some feathered friends, as the birds walk around freely.

As well as birds, five different breeds of bat have been spotted on the reserve as well as snakes, newts and voles.
Children (and adults) can get stuck in and take part in pond dipping where you can hunt and identify mini beasts. There is also an educational play area and maze.

For the grown-ups, spot the multitude of birds which visit the wetlands and take a peaceful walk among the specially designed areas around the centre. Photographers are encouraged to bring along their cameras.
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At the edge of a bay, where the terrain is constantly changing as the tide comes in and out, sits Pagham Harbour Wetlands. Its constantly changing setting creates a diverse habitat for birds from all over the world and is a key part to many species. As many as 20,000 geese, ducks and wading birds visit the harbour at once demonstrating the importance of this site.Guided walks take you deep into the diverse habitats and guides point out its occupants. Nature trails are accessible via wheel and pushchair and binoculars are also available from the main centre to spy on those more shy. Pond dipping and bug hunts are also great activities for families to take part in.

What could beat a relaxing, nourishing stay at Chequers and the opportunity to visit these fantastic bird watching locations! We even have our own camera inside the blue tit box in our garden with a live link to the Main TV for guests who want to carry on their bird watching whilst enjoying a glass of wine or afternoon tea when they return!

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Lissette x 

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