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An Evening with the Nightjar in Dorchester

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8:12am 13th June 2014

Twitchers in Dorset are being given the chance to hear a very distinctive bird call this evening (Friday 13th June).

That's the call of the Nightjar,  a bird of Heathland, they are not easily seen or known because they only spend the summer in the UK returning to Africa during the winter months, and they're only active during the night, especially at dawn and dusk when they hunt for their favourite food, moths.

The birds have incredible markings that help them blend into their surroundings while they rest up on the heath during the day and are only rarely seen in daylight hours.   

A guided walk has been organised by the RSPB at Hardy's Monument tonight with the hope that you'll be able to catch a rare sighting of the birds.

Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre Assistant, Daniel Bartlett who will be leading the RSPB walk said people may have had a Nightjar encounter, without even knowing it:

"Many people have heard the eerie sound of the nightjars call without even realising it. It is one of the most commonly used sound-effects in the film industry.

Why not do something a bit different this Friday night and join the RSPB for a summer evening walk at Hardy's Monument where these weird and wonderful birds breed. It's a sound you'll never forget."

Anyone wanting to join the tour at Hardy's Monument can meet the group on the car park at 9:30PM. It costs £6 for non RSPB members, £4 for RSPB members, £3 children and is free for RSPB Wildlife Explorers.

If you want to attend, call 01305 778313 to book your place.

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