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Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

UK Lead Organisation:
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

County Lead Organisation:
West Midland Bird Club
  • In the short term, to increase the present breeding population on Cannock Chase.
  • In the medium term, to maintain the increase on Cannock Chase and establish a breeding population on at least one other heathland site apart from the Chase where the birds usually bred.

  • Seek to ensure all appropriate Forest Design Plans take into account the habitat requirements of nightjars and that specific targets to enhance nightjar populations are included within the Plan for Cannock Chase. (FE) 
  • Take full account of nightjar requirements in considering felling and restocking proposals. (FE)
  • Maintain and enhance support for Heathland Partnership. (SWMHP)
  • Maintain profile of this species in all management plans affecting Cannock Chase area, ensuring that these plans address issues of habitat management and disturbance. (SCC, FE, LAs)
  • Nightjar has been listed as a costed, key species in the UK Steering Group Report.
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • Reinstate grazing on heathland, in order to maintain a sustainable vegetation structure and increase the available invertebrate prey through dunging. (SWMHP)
  • Through Forest Management Plans, seek to increase the area and distribution of both clear fell and young forestry plantations under ten years of age. Felling programmes should ensure a succession of recently felled / restocked areas are available for colonisation once other sites become unsuitable. (FE)
  • Encourage management of young plantations to benefit nightjars. Shallow, inter-row ploughing of plantations to maintain open and bare ground between the crop can increase the suitability of plantations and extend the period over which they may be used for nesting. (FE)
  • Within coniferous plantations encourage the inclusion of unstacked bays (20 - 50m deep) on existing ride sides, to enhance the provision of suitable nest sites. (FE)
  • Seek to promote Environmental Stewardship (heathland recreation / restoration option) within areas of former or degraded heathland. (DEFRA, FWAG)
  • Increase species awareness for the public and landowners through education, promotion and events. (SBAP Partnership)
  • Disseminate information on management for nightjars to advisors, FE, LA land managers and private landowners. (RSPB, WMBC)
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