Our first Nightjar survey of 2024 had promising results. Male birds were heard singing (or "churring") on all 3 areas of heath across the reserve, although we had to wait until 9.30pm before the start of any activity because it was a very bright evening and Nightjars don't become active until dusk. The results haven't been analysed yet, but there must have been a total of at least 8 churring males which indicates 8 separate breeding territories. Two Woodcock were also seen flying or "roding" around their territories. Altogether an encouraging result. Another survey will be conducted in a few weeks' time.   

Wealden Reserves Office Manager