We started before dawn, up one of the paths opposite the hotel, hoping to find a nightjar.
churring song of a nightjar coming from the woodland beyond: that was my welcome to La Roque!
Habitat creation and conservation measures for birds, which include nightjar, owl and lesser-spotted woodpecker, include the provision of nesting boxes.
We run evening nightjar visit every summer - take a look at our events program for details of evening walks to see the nightjars.
On our after-dinner walks through the grounds we had heard a nightjar churring in the wet scrub just to the east of the hotel.