A Dawn Chorus of Tweets

Tuesday 9th April 2013

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A nature-lovers' event which started in a back garden in Birmingham in the 1980s is this year hoping to trend globally on social media as tweeters report on the dawn chorus all over the world.

International Dawn Chorus Day, the annual celebration of nature’s ode to joy when songbirds fill the air with music as the sun comes up, will be held on Sunday 5th May this year.

Broadcaster and environmentalist Chris Baines started it all off long before "tweeting" was invented for instant communication on mobile devices, but this year, the organisers of International Dawn Chorus Day, The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country, want to make the event a celebration of nature with modern connectivity.

Communications Officer, Joe Peacock, says: "Twitter is a great way to share experiences, and this year participants will be using the hashtag #IDCD to tweet their experiences of the event. We hope that this will bring people closer together to see what’s happening around the world and feel part of a global community of nature-lovers."

With enthusiasts in over eighty countries having participated in International Dawn Chorus Day since he began it in Birmingham, Chris Baines says: ‘’The simple ideas are always the best! Every year, wherever I happen to be, I get an enormous thrill from listening to the dawn chorus on this special day, and knowing that I am sharing the pleasure with friends and family in lots of other places around the world.’’

In order to take part locally, you can go to Moseley Bog Nature Reserve, the place where the first official International Dawn Chorus Day event was held, for an event organised The Wildlife Trust. Or if Walsall is closer, you can go to Moorcroft Wood for a special event there. Visit http://www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/whats-on for details. You can also get advice on how to organise your own event and see where else events are taking place at www.idcd.info.

However, whether it be the UK, USA, Caribbean or Antarctica, people all over the globe will be rising early to enjoy International Dawn Chorus Day 2013, which aided by social media, will be a truly global experience.’


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