Thorne and Hatfield annual breeding nightjar surveys

Th annual survey of breeding nightjar Caprimulgas europaeus on the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve (NNR) was carried out between 19th June and 5th July 2012. The aim of the survey was to determine the number of churring male nightjars holding territories on the Thorne, Goole and Crowle Moors and Hatfield Moors.

Copies of these reports have been made available to the Forum by Natural England and can be downloaded from the Forum download page

A total of 46 nightjar territories were located during the survey of Thorne, Goole and Crowle Moors compared to 47 in 2011. 34 nightjars were recorded on Thorne Moors which is exactly the same as the previous year, and 12 territories were located at Crowle Moors, which is one less than the previous year.

A total of 42 nightjar territories were located during the survey of Hatfield Moors NNR . This number is six more than the previous year when 36 churring nightjars were located. This is a significant increase on the previous year and the largest number ever recorded there.

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