The Poole Harbour Nightjar Experience - July 13th 2018

Nightjars are a sight and sound to behold, a mysterious enigma that dashes through the darkness of the heath and the intrigue of your mind. Forever tricky to track down, their cryptic camouflage makes them invisible by day and their nocturnal behavior makes them absent at night. However for a magical 30 minuets before total darkness, Nightjar set out to defend territories and to attract a mate, providing a twilight snapshot into their secret lives.

This exciting new event is a joint partnership project between the Birds of Poole Harbour charity, Stour Ringing Group and the Borough of Poole where we’ll offering the public the chance to not only see and hear Nightjar on the incredibly important Canford Heath but also witness the dedicated long term monitoring work carried out by the Stour Ringing Group which sees the team catch and ring Nightjar throughout the summer.

This summer we’ll be offering 2 exclusive Nightjar walks in which the group will have the opportunity to visit one of the most important ‘Urban Heaths’ in Dorset, listen to, and then (hopefully) be treated to a Nightjar ringing demo by the Stour Ringing Group which will allow you to see these incredible birds up close.

Each walk is limited to only 20 people per date so BOOK NOW to ensure a space.


You can book online by clicking HERE

Pay in store in the new Birds of Poole Harbour HQ on Poole Quay, 19 Enefco House, BH15 1HJ. 

Post cash or cheque for full amount with names of attendees to Birds of Poole Harbour, 19 Enefco House, Poole Quay, Dorset, BH15 1HJ. 

Event Type 
Guided Walk
13 July, 2018 - 20:00
8pm - late (11pm ish)
£14 per person
Additional Information 

The Borough Of Poole

The Borough of Poole manages approximately 680 hectares of natural habitat, of which 502 comprises of Heathland, most designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. There is a small dedicated team to ensure these habitats are managed and safeguarded for the rare riches they hold and to mitigate against the urban pressures that are an ever increasing threat to this internationally important habitat. You can find out lots more about Poole’s amazing Heathlands, the work the Borough undertakes to preserve them and how to help at

Stour Ringing Group

The Stour Ringing Group (SRG) was formed back in the 1970's and is a group of volunteer Bird Ringers based in South Dorset. We catch and ring birds as part of the National scheme, organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

Why do we ring birds?

Ringing birds is essential if we are to learn and understand what is happening to birds in the places they live and how this affects population increases and decreases. It also gives information on the movements individual birds make and how long many live for. The data collected focuses on monitoring bird populations and this knowledge is vital for conservation.


July 13th

Meet at the end of Steeple Close by the vehicle access and kissing gate onto the heath (Gate P), BH17 9BJ, off of Tollerford Rd. Tolleford road can be reached from Canford Heath Road (B3074). This is a residential area, please park sensibly.


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