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Wildlife Trust to support exciting research to help save Sherwood’s nighjars

Monday 28th July

Wildlife Trust to support exciting research to help save Sherwood’s nighjars

Efforts to safeguard the future of the enigmatic nightjar, one of Sherwood Forest's rarest birds, have been given a boost thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to a grant of £60,000 Birklands Ringing Group, with the support of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and other partners, will be able to track a number of the birds in order to learn more about the sites they are using locally and their migration routes to Africa.

The project will, for the first time, monitor in detail, using cutting edge tracking technology, not only how the nightjar lives and breeds in Sherwood Forest heathlands, but also its migration routes. By learning more about how the species interacts with its habitat in Sherwood, and by raising awareness of how vital Sherwood Forest is to the species, the project partners hope that the research will have a direct impact on the future survival of the species.

Speaking on behalf of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Chief Executive John Everitt said: This is a great opportunity to carry out innovative community led research which will provide information to help restore habitats for the nightjar in Sherwood Forest and across the country.

Birklands Ringing Group volunteers will work with staff from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, and with both the University of Nottingham and EMEC Ecology to capture and analyse the data. The nightjar population in Sherwood Forest is the largest in the East Midlands, but despite efforts to conserve vital heathland habitat, the species is in decline. The project partners hope that this new research will provide new information to help plan for better management of heathland and help safeguard the future of nightjar.

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