Apr 03 2021

Why we need your help!

Still from a video showing a nightjar on her nest
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Caught on camera last season. This footage shows exactly why we’re asking for your help in keeping to main paths and keeping dogs out of vegetation. If birds like this nightjar are disturbed, it leaves eggs or chicks exposed and vulnerable to chilling or to attack by predators. It can stop them feeding or taking food to chicks. It could even cause them to abandon their nest completely.


But if things go well, little miracles will happen all over the heaths of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. Watch this pair of nightjar chicks through the first 18 days of their life, as they’re hatched and reared in nothing more than a scrape on the ground. Film by Ben Locke…

Thames Basin Heaths Partnership



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