Well, we did get home by midnight, but not much before that.
The 6 July field trip to Holt Heath to hear nightjars and hunt for glow-worms was the second after-dark field trip this year, following the bat walk at Old Wardour Castle in April.
Meeting at a nearby pub for supper before venturing out was a welcome innovation before the excitement of wending our way down the track in the dark.
And it was really exciting to 'tick both boxes' of the advertised trip by finding a good half dozen glow worms on our way back - it needs to be completely dark for them to 'come out'. Not so much glow, they rather sparkle like back-lit emeralds. Really magic.
Romance for glow-worms is over for the year, but nightjars should be around till later this month before they set off back to sub-Saharan Africa.
Go to Field Trips/What you Missed for directions, if you'd like to have a go at this yourself.
Photo: Barn owl
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