The importance of Breckland heaths and moth communities for breeding Nightjar

Author(s): Conway, G., Henderson, I. & Hunter, D.

Published: December 2019   Pages: 14pp

Journal: The Journal of Breckland Studies Volume: 3


Breckland is one of the most important parts of the UK for breeding Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus, one of the species for which the area was designated a Special Protection Area. However, the local population of this migratory bird fell by a third between 1998 and 2010 against a national trend of rising numbers. This paper presents the findings of a study undertaken to try and identify the reasons for this decline and specifically consider the significance of Breckland grass heaths and their associated moths for Nightjars.
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