What is the dawn chorus?

Every morning, but especially in the spring, birds across the world welcome the sun to a new day with their song. This is known as the dawn chorus.


With the numbers of songbirds declining in the UK, our dawn chorus is getting harder and harder to hear.

To celebrate this natural wonder, International Dawn Chorus Day is held worldwide on the first Sunday in May. Supporters get an early start, watch the sun rise and listen to the bird songs. You can either enjoy the birds in the comfort of your own garden or venture out to an event in your area. To find out more and view events in your area please visit the International Dawn Chorus Day website.

To hear some examples of bird songs you may find in your garden or nearby countryside, visit our Bird Song Fact File.