Evening Bird Walk – Minsmere and Dunwich Heath for Nightjars

Wednesday 28th June (Book place with Kathy)

A rare and precious habitat that is also quiet and serene, wild and dramatic. Dunwich Heath is home to special species such as the Dartford Warbler, Nightjar, Woodlark, ant-lion, glowworms, adders and much more. This will be an inspiring mid-summer visit, made even more exciting by the specialist species that we may encounter. The target for this evening walk will be the mysterious and frequently unseen Nightjar that breeds on Dunwich Heath. The Nightjar normally arrives in Suffolk in late April, but most typically in May, the first sign of their return is the eerie ‘churring’ song given by the male from a perch within its territory. Nightjars will be in the peak of their breeding season by late-June and an early-evening start will give us the chance to walk down to East Hide at RSPB Minsmere to search for other species as we wait for the appearance of Nightjars as dusk approaches.

Leaders: Richard Gilbert and Jon Evans
Venue: Meet at National Trust car park at 6.30 p.m.