Dawn Chorus

Discover the magic of the dawn chorus. Join us at one of our special events to experience the majestic sounds of the dawn chorus.

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A song thrush singing whilst perched on a branch against a blue sky.

Experience an early morning walk through stunning landscapes. Our experts will help you hone your bird identification skills and reveal the secrets of this natural spectacle. You can find out what's on near you by checking our reserves' map at the bottom of the page. 
Please note, events are very popular and sell out quickly.

Why so early?

Wren Troglodytes troglodytes, perched on small branch, singing , Hampshire

Singing at dawn appears to have several advantages. The dim light means the birds may be harder to spot by a predator. Similarly the poor light makes foraging for food difficult, so perhaps it is a better time to be singing for a mate. Sound can also carry further: as the air is often still at this time and, with less background noise, bird song can carry up to 20 times as far.

Meet the new birds on the block

Blackcap migration

The dawn chorus gives us an opportunity to delight in the sounds of nature. It’s also a chance to celebrate the return of the birds that migrate to the UK -  warblers, chiffchaffs and nightingales among others. Discover the epic stories behind these migratory heroes.

To find out more and book an event near you, pick a marker from the map or zoom in.

To find out more, pick a marker from the map or zoom in.
    • Arne

      Arne

      This is an unusual and special landscape where you can enjoy a vast expanse of open heathland and old oak woodland. Arne is a fantastic place for family walks at any time of year and we have regular children's days.

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    • Black Devon Wetlands

      Black Devon Wetlands

      A quiet gem of a reserve, untouched wet grassland and wetland habitat, including freshwater pools, brackish pools and reedbeds. This site is being developed by RSPB Scotland to be better for the people and wildlife of the Inner Forth.

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    • Blacktoft Sands

      Blacktoft Sands

      Come to Blacktoft Sands throughout the year and see how many of our 270 species of birds you can see! The tidal reedbed is the largest in England and is important for its breeding bearded tits, bitterns and marsh harriers.

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    • Blean Woods

      Blean Woods

      This is a wonderful place for quiet walks in beautiful ancient woodland. There are five trails of up to eight miles long that meander through the woods. In summer, look out for damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies.

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    • Broadwater Warren

      Broadwater Warren

      An exciting new RSPB reserve just south of Tunbridge Wells. Acquired in January 2007, it is currently a large area of conifer plantation, plus remnants of heathland and woodland within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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    • Conwy

      Conwy

      Situated on the banks of the Conwy estuary, with magnificent views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, this reserve is delightful at any time of year.

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    • Dungeness

      Dungeness

      If you haven't been to Dungeness, nothing can quite prepare you for this landscape - mile after mile of shingle, wild and weird!

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    • Fairburn Ings

      Fairburn Ings

      With pond-dipping, regular fun events and walks to help you get away from it all, RSPB Fairburn Ings is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife.

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    • Frampton Marsh

      Frampton Marsh

      A major new extension to this coastal wetland reserve includes a reedbed, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland. These habitats have all been created to bring the wildlife of The Wash closer to you.

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    • Haweswater

      Haweswater

      If you want to see a golden eagle but can't get to the Highlands of Scotland, you could try Haweswater where a male displays in the hope of attracting a mate.

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    • Hazeley Heath

      Hazeley Heath

      Explore these last remaining pieces of a habitat that once covered much of southern England.

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    • Insh Marshes

      Insh Marshes

      Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve is one of the most important wetlands in Europe. Enjoy a springtime stroll and look out for nesting lapwings, redshanks and curlews, or visit in the wintertime when the marsh floods.

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    • Langford Lowfields

      Langford Lowfields

      We're working in partnership with Lafarge Tarmac to restore a sand and gravel quarry on the River Trent into the biggest reedbed in the East Midlands.

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    • Lakenheath Fen

      Lakenheath Fen

      We've converted an area of arable farmland into a large wetland. There is a visitor centre where you can find out more about the reserve, its wildlife and history.

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    • Lake Vyrnwy

      Lake Vyrnwy

      Our visitor centre and well-stocked shop are the ideal places to start your visit. Join a trail through the woodland and wildlife is soon all around you.

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    • Leighton Moss

      Leighton Moss

      The largest reedbed in north-west England, and home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. You might see deer too, not to mention butterflies aplenty!

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    • Loch Leven

      Loch Leven

      Part of the Loch Leven National Nature Reserve, this is an ideal day out for all the family. Visit our hides for close-up views of wildlife.

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    • Loch Lomond

      Loch Lomond

      RSPB Loch Lomond is one of the best places for wildlife in Scotland. On the southeast shores of Loch Lomond, the site has a remarkable mix of habitats.

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    • Minsmere

      Minsmere

      There's so much to see and hear at Minsmere: splendid woodland, wetland and coastal scenery, rare birds breeding and calling in on their migrations, shy wildlife like otters, the 'booming' of bitterns in spring, beautiful bugs and flowers.

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    • Newport Wetlands

      Newport Wetlands

      This nature reserve offers a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city, but is a great place for people too with our visitor centre, a cafe, shop and children's play area.

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    • Old Moor

      Old Moor

      Right at the heart of the Dearne Valley, Old Moor is a wonderful place to come and watch wildlife. The skies, fields and open water are teeming with birds throughout the year.

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    • Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve

      Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve

      Pagham Harbour is a glorious and peaceful nature reserve, one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast, and an internationally important wetland site for wildlife.

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    • Pulborough Brooks

      Pulborough Brooks

      Set in the heart of beautiful countryside, this reserve is a fantastic day out for people of all ages. Walks lead through hedge-lined paths to viewing areas and hides where volunteers are often on hand to help point out the wildlife.

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    • Rainham Marshes

      Rainham Marshes

      We acquired Rainham Marshes in 2000 and set about transforming it into a great place for nature and people. You can expect to see breeding wading birds in spring and summer, and large flocks of wild ducks in winter.

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    • Sandwell Valley

      Sandwell Valley

      You can escape for an hour or two at this oasis for wildlife, less than five miles from the centre of Birmingham.

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    • Saltholme

      Saltholme

      Come and explore our huge wetland and all its wildlife, but don't forget to make time for our brilliant café - just follow your nose for freshly-brewed coffee, gooey cakes and mouthwatering meals.

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    • Sherwood Forest

      Sherwood Forest

      There is nearly always something going on at Sherwood, to add to the magic of your visit, like festivals, story trails, bug hunts and seasonal events. See what’s coming up, and make the very most of your time here.

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    • South Essex Wildlife Garden

      South Essex Wildlife Garden

      The Wildlife Garden and Visitor Centre are located within Basildon District Council's Wat Tyler Country Park and are the gateway to our South Essex reserves.

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    • St Aidan's

      St Aidan's

      Just a short hop from the busy centre of Leeds, St Aidan’s is a stunning park, boasting amazing views and wonderful wildlife including bitterns, avocets, black terns, skylarks and meadow pipits.

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    • Strumpshaw Fen

      Strumpshaw Fen

      Walk round the reedbeds, woodlands and orchid-rich meadows and you could chance upon marsh harriers, bitterns and kingfishers. Come in spring and summer when the meadows bloom with flowers, and see an array of dragonflies and butterflies.

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    • Swell Wood

      Swell Wood

      The ancient oaks of Swell Wood are part of a continuous strip of woodland extending some 10 miles along the ridge from Langport to the Blackdown Hills.

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    • The Lodge

      The Lodge

      The nature reserve here opened in 1961. The woodland, heath and acid grassland along the Greensand Ridge are being restored to form the largest stretch of heathland in Bedfordshire.

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    • Titchwell Marsh

      Titchwell Marsh

      This popular reserve on the north Norfolk coast has something for everyone. A walk from the visitor centre down to the sandy beach takes you past reedbeds and shallow lagoons, which are often full of birds.

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    • Wood of Cree

      Wood of Cree

      The Wood of Cree is the largest ancient wood in southern Scotland. In spring, the woodland really comes alive, with bluebells on the ground and birdsong in the air. The wood is the perfect place to see willow tits.

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    • Ynys-hir

      Ynys-hir

      Ynys-hir mixes Welsh oak woodland with wet grassland and saltmarshes. Feast your eyes from any of our seven hides - look out for birds of prey.

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