Help us create a dawn chorus sound map this Sunday
May would’ve been the first event of our ‘Celebrate’ 2020 programme – a Dawn Chorus walk at the gorgeously tranquil Kaliwoods, near Halesworth. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to host this event.
As we can’t be together for International Dawn Chorus Day on Sunday, we want you to record your own home-based dawn chorus experience on Sunday morning and send them to us. We’re building a map of bird song from around the Waveney and Blyth river valleys, and surrounding areas, which will be available on our website for you to enjoy at your leisure.
On Sunday 3rd May – International Dawn Chorus Day – people all over the world will be waking up extra early to catch the magical springtime sound of birdsong as it’s most glorious. The dawn chorus peak will be around 30 minutes before and after sunrise, which will be at 05:18am on Sunday.
How to take part on Sunday
We’d love to hear your sound and/or video recordings of the dawn chorus from your town or village, but we also welcome photos, written thoughts or other responses to the experience. You can record sound or video on your phone to send. The recordings and responses you send will be uploaded to our website to create a map of bird song of the Waveney and Blyth river valley areas. In the future, potentially, we could share this map as a public exhibition when it’s safe to reconnect.
Once you have made your recording, either send to:
- email: [email protected] with the title ‘Dawn Chorus’ or
- DropBox: https://www.dropbox.com/request/7gBcmijWU5paj1ngqpbM.
Any files you send, please make the file name: ‘First name + Last name town/village’ (e.g. ‘Genevieve Rudd Gorleston’). This will make it easier for us to collate. If possible, please also send a photo to accompany your recording using the same file name.
If you upload them to social media, please use the hashtags: #IDCD #wba2020.
To give you a preview of what you might hear, take a listen to this recording from our W&BA member Meg Amsden of this lively avian opera recorded at first light on 3rd April 2020 from her bathroom window:
We can’t wait to hear about your experience!