Birdwatching Trip in Yorkshire
This half-day Nightjar bird trip in Yorkshire and safari with a difference is a relaxed-paced trip where you can expect to see European Nightjars and around 10 other species still active in the evening as we search the forests of North Yorkshire for the elusive Nightjar.
Starting approximately an hour before dusk, our night-time safari walks provide a unique opportunity to see and hear other forest specialists and with luck we will encounter Tree Pipit, Woodcock, Turtle Dove, and Goshawk among others. Our expert guides know these forests intimately and have studied the birds that inhabit them extensively. They are on hand to answer all of your questions and to ensure that you don’t miss a thing!
After wintering in Africa, Nightjars return to the UK in May to breed and nothing is more evocative of a summer's evening in the forest than the churring mating call and acrobatic wing clapping of the males as they display over forest clearings.
We think there is nowhere better than North Yorkshire to see Nightjars, the management of our forests creates a mosaic of heath and open woodland clearings that provide the perfect habitat for Nightjars to nest in and support a diversity of moths and other nocturnal insects for them to feed on.
The forest is a dynamic system and clearings can become more suitable for Nightjars as they are created, and less suitable as they become overgrown. So, we tailor our safaris each year in response to the birds themselves, focusing on the places that they have chosen to settle in each spring. This means that our departure points do vary from year to year, but they are usually within 10 miles of the coastal town of Scarborough. When you book your night-time safari with us you will be sent details of the meeting place and time.
A summer's evening spent with Nightjars in the North Yorkshire forests makes a magical experience and with great birds, company, and expert guides, it will be an unforgettable night!
Nightjar bird trip highlights include:
- Looking for other forest specialists before Nightjars become active, these include Goshawks, Tree Pipits, and Woodcocks.
- Being able to watch and listen to Nightjars as they perform their aerobatic display and let out their bizarre but beautiful churring call and wing claps.
- Spending the sunset in the North Yorkshire forest and witnessing the transition between day and night under the stars.
Alternative Tour Name: Nightjar Safaris North York Moors National Park 2020