As a third year student at The University of Nottingham, I have been studying the impact of human disturbance on the breeding of the European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus). In the summer of 2015 we surveyed the recreational trail usage in the forest, the wildlife abundance, and breeding success of the nightjar. The surveying of the trails was carried out by myself and a masters student Jack Rayner under the supervision of Dr. Kate Durrant, while the monitoring of nightjar breeding was led by the Birklands Ringing Group.
|A little friend we met on one of our surveys|
|One of the many bees that were pollinating the heather in|
|A moth we came across quite frequently, not sure which species though? (Please comment if you know!)|
|A mother nightjar, who is rather insulted at being disturbed from her afternoon nap|
|The same mother nighjtar, whatching us with a glaring eye|
Historically, nightjar have been shown to be less successful in breeding where human disturbance is greater. In recent years however, we may have found that the nightjar in this forest may have become more habituated to human disturbance, impacting the consideration of the suitability of nightjar habitat in the future.
|A buzzard in the early morning, keeping a careful eye on us at work.|
|After seeing that Jack and I were carrying out the surveying well, the buzzard left us for more important duties for the day|
To Find out more, please take a visit on the Sherwood Pines website! http://www.sherwood-nightjars.com/the-project