There is no need to travel far for amazing wildlife this summer, with some of the most charismatic of creatures coming to your area, says Dorset Wildlife Trust. There will be a chance to encounter the mysterious nightjar, recently arrived from Africa, at a twilight walk with DWT’s Communications Officer, Nicky Hoar, on 9th July.
Why are the nightjars such a special bird?
Nicky said: “This has got to be one of the most exciting birds to look and listen for. After many years of observing them, I still find it incredible that they find their way to the same spot from Africa every year to breed. The eerie sound of a nightjar ‘churring’ is unforgettable, a sound that was heard by Thomas Hardy and, thanks to continued heathland management, we can still hear today.”
Wreathed in legend and superstition over the years, nightjars are red-listed in Britain as a bird of conservation concern due to the very limited habitats available to them. They arrive in Dorset in May to nest mainly on heathland but also on open woodland and can be found on many heaths across the county, including urban sites adjacent to housing.
How can I get involved?
The Twilight Walk is on Saturday 9th July at 9pm. Meet at Rushcombe Bottom on the Roman Road bridleway just off Higher Blandford Road, Corfe Mullen. Grid ref. SY 993973. Stout footwear and a torch recommended. There is limited parking so please try to share lifts if driving and take care not to block gateways. Adults £3, children free, with all proceeds to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s 50th Anniversary Wildlife Fund. No need to book, but for more information, ring Nicky on 01305 264620 or 07900 402049.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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