International Dawn Chorus Day

Every morning, especially in spring, songbirds across the world welcome the dawning of a new day with their birdsong.  The famous ‘dawn chorus’.

With the numbers of songbirds down by 55% since the early 1970s, our dawn chorus is becoming fainter and less vibrant.  But even a muted display is still a joy to hear and well worth the early start!  You can help to encourage the birds in your area not only to help preserve this stunning natural phenomenon, but also to help improve and protect nature for future generations.

International Dawn Chorus Day always falls on the first Sunday of May and is celebrated worldwide with supporters making an early start, watching the sun rise and listening to birdsong. You can either enjoy the birds in the comfort of your own garden or venture out to an event in your area.  

Or why not get out your phone and make a recording of what you hear?  Click play below to hear a couple of quick clips we did in our garden this week:

We'd love to hear them - why not send them in to us here so we can share them with everyone?

IDCD began in the 1980s when naturalist and broadcaster, Chris Baines, asked friends to come to a 4 AM birthday party so they could enjoy the dawn chorus with him.   From then the event has grown to be celebrated around the world with events and broadcasts from every corner of the globe.  You can even track a 24 hour live broadcast of the dawn breaking around the world as the sun rises at  The sounds from this are quite amazing as you get to experience the awakening environment at each landfall of the first light.

Skylark - Keith Cowieson

Get involved!  Set your alarm, make a brew and get out into your garden to listen to the array of gorgeous sounds that songbirds greet the day with.  Not sure what birds you have or what they sound like?  Head to our handy songbird fact file to identify some of your possible feathered visitors. 

While you are there, enjoying this free natural concert you may be thinking more about how you can help your birds and other wildlife.  Use this time to stop and think about how hard their lives can be.  Finding a safe place to roost at night without some stoat eating you; finding enough food to eat so that you don’t starve and freeze to death; flying safely from one tree to the next without becoming a sparrowhawk’s supper; trying to rear young to adulthood without the neighbour’s cat munching them first; flying south for the winter only to be shot at on the way there or back.  For lots of helpful advice on how you can help visit our gardening and feeding pages.

SongBird Survival’s recent research has highlighted some of the things you can do to help the song and other small birds on your patch - click here to learn more

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