There are many excellent exhibitions and events held on the Forest through the year. These range from photographic and historical exhibitions to guided walks to family fun days. To be sure not to miss out check out our listings.
- PARENT/CARER & TODDLER GROUP - every 3rd Monday of the month. Click here for further details
- SUMMER HOLIDAY PLAYSCHEME: 22nd - 24th August. Click here for further details
NIGHTJAR SUNSET BIRD WALKS 2016 (fully booked)
FIRST NIGHTJAR WALK, ASHDOWN FOREST MONDAY 20 JUNE 2016 — HINDLEAP REPORT
The day had started with heavy rain but this cleared by early afternoon so the group assembled expectantly at Hindleap car park at 21.10 hrs just before sunset.
After a short time walking we were rewarded with a male Woodcock seen in distant roding flight over the trees. Following the hooting of a Tawny Owl we arrived at a western heath where a male Nightjar soon started churring and continued for some time, from different trees, although we did not catch a glimpse. A Peacock on a nearby farm entertained us with its calls.
As we retraced our steps we heard a whistle from above and the group watched a male Woodcock give splendid views as he flew directly above our heads and over the heath.
Towards the end of our walk we located a second male Nightjar on a northerly heath, making its strange churring song, and simultaneously a third Nightjar called in flight.
We heard some Nightjar wing-clapping and had several views of a Nightjar flying around the birches close to us, landing and churring again. As the mist came down we had to end our walk, lucky to have seen as well as heard this strange bird.
- Monday 4th July, 9pm
- Thursday 14th July, 9pm
6th May to 30th September - Trees, Light and Skies by Sally Scott.