Event details

What: Nightjar Jaunt
Date: 25th May, 2024
Times: 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Capacity: 15
Price: £12.50pp (£10 RSPB members)

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Nightjar Jaunt

Join us for an enchanting evening stroll through Budby South Forest, as we search for the enigmatic nightjar.

This guided walk is an opportunity to experience the magical twilight hours of the forest and hear the unmistakeable sound of the nightjar in its natural habitat.

As the sun sets and darkness descends, the nightjar emerges from its daytime roost to hunt for insects, producing its distinctive churring call and erratic flight patterns. With the help of The Birklands Ringing Group, we will learn to identify the bird’s distinctive features and behaviour, and gain insight into its fascinating life cycle and nocturnal habits.

As we walk through the heathland, the experts from The Birklands Ringing Group will share their knowledge and passion for this elusive bird and its habitat, highlighting the importance of conservation efforts in preserving this species and Budby’s unique ecosystem.

This walk is suitable for all ages and levels of experience. It provides a rare chance to connect with nature at dusk.

The route for this guided walk will use formal pathways, the ground will be uneven and require good footwear.

This walk is subject to weather conditions and may need to be cancelled at short notice. A reschedule or refund will be issued in the event of this.

Please call the team on 01623 677321 or email sherwoodevents@rspb.org.uk if you have any questions about accessibility on this event.

The walk will begin at Budby Lay-by located on Swinecote Road, B6034 (What3words: heartburn.rips.glory). Parking is available there.

Please note, Nightjars are wild animals and sightings are not guaranteed.

To find out more about coming to Sherwood Forest and Budby South Forest check out our Plan Your Visit page.