Nightjars put on special show along Tamar Trails

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nightjarsA special evening was enjoyed by all recently, when 25 people were treated to wonderful views of nightjars in flight along the Tamar Trails, near Gulworthy.

As part of the Tamar Valley AONB team’s aim to encourage enjoyment of our protected landscape and wildlife it supports, an evening event was organised in June to find out more about this shy and elusive bird.

Becki Lumbis, AONB spokesperson, said; “The nightjar has a very unique, mechanical-sounding call, which is quite magical to experience. We were really lucky to hear three birds and to spot two of them swooping over the Devon Great Consols calciners – once the biggest copper producer in the world.”

The event was led by local bird enthusiast, Richard Hibbert, who began the evening by giving a short talk to the group on the nightjar’s physiology, migration and breeding habits, including useful tips on how to recognise them in their natural environment.

The Tamar Trails Centre Beech Café set satisfied customers up for their walk with a bowl of homemade butternut squash soup and warm roll.

One visitor said; “It was a perfect summer’s night – hearing nightjars so clearly and seeing the wonderful close-ups of the bird in flight was just amazing!”

The Tamar Valley AONB team and Tamar Trails Centre run a variety of events throughout the year. Visit www.tamarvalley.org.uk and www.tamartrails.co.uk to find out what’s on offer.

 

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