Nightjar in pride of place on walk

A NIGHTJAR sculpture has come home to roost!One of the region's rarest birds has finally been captured for all to see in a series of twelve sculptures created by local artist, Henry Tebbutt.

A NIGHTJAR sculpture has come home to roost!

One of the region's rarest birds has finally been captured for all to see in a series of twelve sculptures created by local artist, Henry Tebbutt.

Today saw the unveiling of the first sculpture of the elusive bird at Rushmere, and all twelve will soon be positioned along the 60 mile Sandlings long distance footpath.

Popular with walkers, the footpath links as many heaths as possible along the way. Only found on heathland like the Sandlings, the nightjar has been chosen as the logo for the lengthy walk that stretches between Southwold and Ipswich.


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At nearly three feet long and made out of stone, the sculpture shows the nightjar in one of its sitting poses and should be easier to spot than the real thing!

Tebbutt, who studied sculpture at Wimbledon Art School spent almost a year creating the sculptures, carving three from oak, three from artificial stone, two from steel and four from bronze.

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The artist was delighted to have been approached to make the sculptures. "I applaud the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Unit for conceiving and implementing the walk and hope the nightjar will add interest along the way", he said.

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