Saturday, 4 June 2016

Woodcock and Nightjar - Matlock Forest

Made my first evening visit to Matlock Forest, plenty of Woodcock rodding from around 21:30 with over a dozen sightings and a male Nightjar started calling at 21:50 then started churring at about 22:00. 
There is plenty of habitat for Nightjar after the clear felling last year and it will be interesting to see which areas are occupied.
Woodcock in 'rodding' flight


  1. Richard Bradley1 July 2016 at 12:23

    Hello, I am a frequent visitor to your site, I grew up locally (Oaker and Two Dales) and was very interested in wildlife from a young age, but as I mutated into a teenager I began to think Darley Dale was exceptionally dull and fled for the bright lights of nearby Sheffield. Now I'm a bit older and wiser and pine for the countryside and wildlife that was on my doorstep growing up, so I live vicariously through your blog... However, I am in the area this weekend and was hoping to make a sound recording of a nightjar, so was wondering where would be a good accessible place to try and hear one of these mysterious creatures - area around Flash Lane? I gather Synope Hill is closed off at the moment, annoyingly... Best wishes - Rich

  2. Hi Richard, drop me an e-mail


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