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The Nightjars and Woodcocks of Hamsterley Forest

Join professional naturalist, Bruce Ferguson, on a night time expedition to track down two of Britain’s most elusive birds, the nightjar and the woodcock. The forest management cycle fits well with the secretive nightjar. Find out how, discover its fascinating approach to nesting and breeding and hopefully hear and see it too. We’ll look out for woodcock as they proclaim their territory in a dusk and dawn display called roding.

Booking essential through Wild North Discovery: Tel 01388 529154 or


Event details

When is the event?

Saturday 7 July 2018

What time is it on?

9:00pm until late

Who is this for?

13+ accompanied by an adult

How much?

5 per person

Where to meet?

Hamsterley Visitor Centre

What to wear?

Dress for the weather, strong footwear, midge repellent, a head torch or small hand torch and binoculars if you have them.

Do I need to book?

Booking is through Wild North Discovery (see above)

Dogs Allowed:



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Postcode: DL13 3NL

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