Enjoy Nature's Greatest Hits - International Dawn Chorus Day

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Robin, Credit Harry Hogg

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country is hosting four events to celebrate the greatest natural concert in the world – the Dawn Chorus, performed by scores of native birds including Robins, Willow Warbler and Sparrows. The performances are part of International Dawn Chorus Day, a global event, that started right here in Birmingham.

The Trust is encouraging people to sign up and come to one of the events, from coming to listen to the chorus build up to a magnificent crescendo and affirmation of life from 4.15am at Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood Nature Reserve, Rowley Hills or their Education Centre in Winson Green, or they can hear the lively rendition fade to rest at the end of the day at the Evening Chorus at Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood.

This global concert started in the 1980s when wildlife enthusiast and local broadcaster Chris Baines, decided to celebrate his birthday by inviting friends and family to listen to wildlife wake up with him at Moseley Bog. The event grew and was promoted by the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, where Chris Baines was Vice-President. The annual event has now taken off around the world, so people can hear thousands of different birdsongs depending where they are in the country and in the world.

Georgia Stokes, CEO, The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, said;

"The Dawn Chorus is a daily miracle for nature lovers, and we’re delighted to host these special Dawn Chorus events to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy the wonderful natural phenomenon with us. The international event started here in our Trust and has been exported all over the world, getting bigger every year. Please come to one of our events to hear the original Dawn Chorus.”