International Dawn Chorus Day – 2 May 2010




International Dawn Chorus Day is an annual celebration of the world’s oldest wake-up call – the dawn chorus – and the beauty of bird song.

Robin overlooks a Cumbrian valley

Robin overlooks a Cumbrian valley

Throughout the UK, people are encouraged to wake up early and listen to the dawn chorus from their bedroom window.

Typically, birds such as the blackbird, robin or skylark are among the first to strike up, and the dawn chorus begins in earnest as the sun rises, usually between 5am-5.30am in early May.

Although the dawn chorus carries on until mid-morning the best time to hear it is the first hour before sunrise – which means getting up early!

For those who want to experience the dawn chorus in the wild, Cumbria Wildlife Trust‘s staff, volunteers and partners have organised early morning bird walks and dawn chorus breakfasts.

We have four events running in Cumbria:

  • Sunday 2 May, Birds and breakfast, Broughton-in-Furness
  • Sunday 2 May, Early birds and spring flowers, Longtown
  • Sunday 2 May, International Dawn Chorus Day at Dubwath Silver Meadows, near Bassenthwaite Lake
  • Wednesday 5 May, Dawn chorus at Brown Robin Nature Reserve, Grange-over-Sands

Other events are taking place in the county and all over the globe by other local bird and wildlife conservation groups.  Details can be found on the IDCD website. (Details below).

Although the dawn chorus carries on until mid-morning, the best time to hear it is the first hour before sunrise – which means getting up early!

If you can’t make it along to an event, set your alarm, open your window and let the dawn chorus in.

Global audience

If you are planning an event you can now create your own listing for your event on the central IDCD website. You can even include sounds, pictures and details of your organisation.

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