These walks start at the RSPB Snape Warren car park. Monika will send you an email with detailed directions to the meeting point with your booking confirmation.
We guide daily from
22 May until 15 August. The first and last walks depend on the actual arrival and departure of the birds.
Start times are:
May - 20:30
June - 20:30
July - 20:00
August - 19:45
Nightjars over the Heath
Hearing the mysterious churring of a nightjar on a remote heathland is an experience that stays with you for the rest of your life.
Join our guide for a leisurely 2–2.5 hours long evening walk at the Alde estuary to possibly hear these crepuscular and nocturnal birds and maybe see them gliding over the heath in the moonlight.
These magical birds are certainly the most exciting part of our evening strolls, but the walks offer other opportunities to enjoy nature and the wild scenery as well. As night falls - often combined with stunning sunsets in the wide sky over the estuary - we might see oystercatchers, geese and egrets flying over the river, hear curlews calling from the mudflats, spot the resident barn owl or a marsh harrier hunting over the marshes, surprise a deer or fox that is strolling over the heathland, admire a starling murmuration over Snape Maltings Concert Hall or hear a tawny owl hooting in the nearby woodland. On warmer nights, we will look out for bats and glow-worms as well. Every evening walk offers different surprises and if you join us we will help you to discover them.
Please be aware that strong wind and low temperatures limit the birds' activities and, therefore, we reserve the right to cancel the walks due to weather conditions. We will fully refund your fees under these circumstances.
This walk is suitable for all levels of knowledge, including families with children of over 8 years. Insect repellent, long-sleeved, dark coloured clothing and sturdy closed footwear are strongly recommended. Please consider that we will walk over very rough and uneven ground in the darkness and bring a small torch.
This heathland reserve is a wild location with fencing and kissing gates; therefore, the path is not fully accessible to wheelchairs or push chairs.
We are sorry we cannot accept dogs for this walk, as the nightjars could take them to be potential predators and would disappear from our sight.
Price: £9 per person. Please note that booking in advance is essential.
Please either complete our booking form below, use our Eventbrite pages to book and pay for your place(s) or email your request to Monika@WASuffolk.com. Monika will reply to your enquiry within 48 hours and send you the payment details. Please do contact her if you don't seem to receive a reply to your online booking.
The groups will be small and therefore places are limited. This guarantees a good experience for all - birds and people.
We offer these evening walks in cooperation with the RSPB. 30% of the fees go to the RSPB to fund nature conservation on the Suffolk coast.