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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 is famed for its churring love call and aerobatic courtship dance. Nightjars have 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 open woodland clearings many of which are 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, leaving early September. 

on these evenings we start the walk approximately one hour before dusk. This gives us the opportunity to search for other birds such as Tree Pipit, Woodcock, Turtle Dove and Goshawk. On booking you will receive information on where we will meet and details regarding the Nightjar safari.

The meeting area is usually within 30 minutes drive from Scarborough. But the precise place may change from year to year depending on where is best to see the Nightjars and we dont know this until they arrive back from Africa in May. 

Nightjar Safaris North York Moors National Park

Steve Race Steve is an award-winning professional wildlife photographer based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He has been a keen naturalist and photographer for over 30 years, lived on the Yorkshire Coast all of his life and believes there is no better place for variety of habitats and amazing wildlife.… Read More »

Nightjar Safaris North York Moors National Park

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