Nightingale Wood

Visitor information

Discover this unique wildlife site in South Marston, near Swindon

Planted in the 1990s on an former agricultural site, Nightingale Wood is a community woodland that supports a large variety of wildlife, especially birds.

Make sure to bring your binoculars - you never know what you may spot! 

Choose from three easy access trails for a peaceful outdoor walk, pause for a picnic, and explore the play equipment, funded by the Great Western Community Forest project.

At a glance 

  • 3 walking trails 
  • Picnic area
  • Play area
  • Dogs welcome 

Things to do

Choose from three waymarked trails at Nightingale Wood. Nightingale Walk is our shortest 1km tail, while the Heron Walk is our longest trail at 2.5 km. Nature spotters, don't miss...

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