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Nightjar Safaris North York Moors National Park

  • North Yorkshire Forests

 Join us on a safari with a difference as we go on the search for the incredible elusive 'Nightjar'.

This nocturnal bird, famed for its churring love call and aerobatic courtship dance, has made North Yorkshire’s forests its key summer stronghold in northern Britain. A key to the bird’s improved fortunes in recent decades is the availability of felled areas which provide an ideal ground nesting environment, offering shelter and insect life to feed on.

Nightjars migrate to Britain from Africa and return thereafter rearing their chicks. They arrive in the north of England and central Scotland in May and early June. Nightjar like forestry plantations, nesting in 'clear fell' sites - where all the trees have been cut down and on replanted areas, until the trees are around 15 years old. These sites provide good nesting cover, plenty of perches and an abundant food supply.

In the forest we will have possible opportunities to see Tree Pipit, Woodcock, Turtle Dove and Goshawk before dusk. On booking you will receive information on where we will meet and details regarding the Nightjar safari.

Nightjar Safaris North York Moors National Park

Richard Baines Richard is an experienced ornithologist/ecologist who has been studying and working as a Nature Guide and in Wildlife Conservation for 30 years. From recording UK migrant birds as a volunteer for Flamborough Bird Observatory to monitoring Siberian migrants in China; he has become highly experienced… Read More »

Nightjar Safaris North York Moors National Park

Daniel Lombard Dan is an experienced field ecologist and guide for Yorkshire Coast Nature and also works for YCN’s sister company Wold Ecology Ltd .  Having lived in North Yorkshire all his life, Dan has an in-depth knowledge of the region as well as its wildlife and where best to see it.  His… Read More »