Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus brooding chicks Suffolk Sandlings Spring / summer - David Tipling/2020VISION


Location: Pirbright HQ, School Lane, Pirbright, Surrey, GU24 0JN
Based on current Government advice on Covid19, all Wildlife Trust events up to 30 June have been cancelled and those who have already booked onto this course can either transfer to a future course or will be fully refunded.

Event details


7:00pm - 11:00pm
A static map of Nightjars

About the event

The nightjar is a particularly unusual bird.  It's a master of camouflage as is nests on the ground during the day and hunts for insects and beetles at night.  Its wide mouth and short bill looks almost reptilian while its long wing span provides a beautiful evening display.

Join us for a fascinating evening learning about this amazing bird. 

We will begin with a classroom session learning about the creature.  Ben Habgood, SWT Assistant Ranger and avid ornithologist, will be sharing his expertise and knowledge, We will then transport everyone to the Barossa Nature Reserve in a Surrey Wildlife Trust vehicle to witness the spectacle of the evening nightjar.  As dusk approaches, a strange sound starts up: a mechanical whirring, almost like a distant engine, and just as the darkness arrives, the nightjar appears.  After this field session we will bring everyone back to the classroom in Pirbright.

It must be noted that seeing the nightjar is very weather dependant. Sadly, if it is raining, windy or cold we are unlikely to see them. But we believe it is definitely worth trying.  

We will be walking at night on the heathland so sturdy walking boots, head torches and warm clothing will be required.  This will not be suitable for those with mobility issues.




members £40/non-members £52

Suitable for


Know before you go

What to bring

Please bring a head torch, warm clothing, insect repellent, a water bottle and sturdy walking boots.

Parking information

free parking is available.



Contact us

adult learning team
Contact number: 01372379523