Event will allow people to experience the song of the nightjar

A nightjar. Picture: RSPB

A nightjar. Picture: RSPB - Credit: PA

People are being invited to take part in an opportunity to hear and see nightjars as they feed and call.

The birds fly from Africa to breed in Thetford Forest and are most active during dusk.

Forestry Commission ecologist Neal Armour-Chelu and nightjar expert Rob Hoblyn will lead the event which will take place on Tuesday, June 26 and Tuesday, July 3.

Nightjars have great aerial agility and do rapid twists and turns to catch their prey

Please are asked to wear clothing and footwear suitable for the forest environment and for the drop in temperature as night falls.

The meeting place will be at the Kings Forest Picnic Site car park off the B1106 Elveden to Bury St Edmunds Road.

Both nights will start at 8.30pm.

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Booking is not required but people are asked to email Anne Mason the chairman of Friends of Thetford Forest at anne.providence@outlook.com

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