Birdwatching for Beginners: International Dawn Chorus Day

Join our dedicated guides along with thousands of people around the world, on this early morning walk and enjoy the chorus of birds as they welcome the start of a new day.

International Dawn Chorus Day is held on the first Sunday in May each year and is the perfect opportunity for nature lovers to gather at dawn to listen to the sounds of birds as they sing to greet the rising sun.

The first Dawn Chorus Day was organised by environmentalist and broadcaster Chris Baines in the 1980. He held his birthday party at 4am so all his guests could listen to the dawn chorus together. What began as a small annual event in Birmingham has now spread across the UK and is now held in over 80 countries across the world.

This walk is at a leisurely pace to suit all ages.


Further Information

Please note that the Remembrance Centre has adjusted opening hours during the winter months, and will not be open to the public until 10am. When you arrive for your activity, please convene at the front of the Remembrance Centre at 4:30am, after which the group leader will lead you onto site to begin.  Toilet facilities are available on site at the Millennium Shelter. Bring along a flask and something for breakfast for after your walk.

Please note this walk will be taking place outdoors on our Arboretum grounds, so we recommend that all participants wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

At times this walk may deviate from our dedicated dog walking route, visitors wishing to participate in this activity are unable to bring dogs to this event.

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4.30am - 7am
The Arboretum Grounds
FREE, pre-booking required.
01283 245 100
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