Mid summer

The beginning of July marks the start of the strimming season for Dartmoor NP volunteers. This may seem late, bracken is fully grown and the wild grasses are tall and yellowing. There are still fledglings emerging from nests and I guess this is the reason for the late start.

For the first time I heard Nightjars in Throwleigh woods. There are at least two birds, possibly four. They are active at night as the name implies and sleep during the day time, a little like teenagers.

The old name for them is the goatsucker, it was thought they drank the milk from goats during the night. It’s curious as this name has its roots across the South of England.

They will be here for another few weeks. They start their calling, called churring around dusk, at the moment that’s about 10pm.