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Nightjar Bird Safaris North York Moors National Park, England

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
Day 1

We will meet at 8pm and walk through the area looking for other forest specialists such as Goshawk and Tree Pipit before the Nightjars emerge. Once it gets darker, we will start to look and listen out for Nightjars

Wildlife species expected to see:

Nightjar, Goshawk, Common Buzzard, Tawny Owl, Turtle Dove, Woodcock, Tree Pipit, Crossbill, Siskin, Stonechat, Willow Warbler, Redstart

What is included?

  • Guided walk
  • Binoculars for hire

What is not included?

  • Food and drinks
  • Transport
  • Anything that is not included in "What is included"
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
- based on 2  reviews
  1. Photography wildlife taster
    Hugo Charlton-Jones17 Jul 2018







    It was great learned a loads about my Camera How to use it and to get the best photos
  2. Market Bosworth Wildlife Group Tour to Yorkshire
    Janet Sykes23 Jun 2017







    YCN arranged and led our tour to Yorkshire in June 2017. We visited a good variety of habitats and saw a good number of species. The tour leaders were very knowledgeable and good company too. They also did everything they could to ensure that everyone got everything they wanted to from the trip and as a result everyone enjoyed themselves. We plan to use YCN for future trips.

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Why book with Yorkshire Coast Nature?

Yorkshire Coast Nature (YCN) is a small independent nature tourism company. Every member of our team lives locally and is passionate about wildlife. We believe strongly in delivering eco-tourism with a direct benefit for wildlife and provide annual grants to nature conservation organisations. So when you use one of our services you can be assured that you are helping wildlife. In 2011 we joint-funded a wetland restoration and bird hide project for Thornwick and Sea Farm Holiday Centre at Flamborough Head. It’s a great feeling to enjoy natural history in a habitat you helped create!

What you will need to bring?

Please bring warm and waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear and a drink. Binoculars are essential. If you don't own any or wish to hire an alternative pair, we have a small number of high-quality Leicas to hire at £10/day. A telescope may be useful but is not essential. Please note; Yorkshire Coast Nature cannot guarentee specific wildlife sightings, nature is unpredictable. Changes to booking dates can only be made at least 28 days in advance of your booking. This allows us an opportunity to fill your place. Cancellations and amendments within 28 days of your booked tour date are non-refundable.

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Price & Availability

GBP35 / per person
This tour is operated by: Yorkshire Coast Nature
4.98 based on 11 reviews

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4.98 Based on 11 reviews

Tour Facts

  • North of Scarborough, North Yorkshire
  • Set Departure
  • Half Day Trip
  • Birds
  • Up to 8
  • 3 hours
  • May to July
  • +8 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
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