International Dawn Chorus Day

Set your alarm and celebrate the dawn chorus, one of nature's most uplifting wonders. Join us live on 2nd May for International Dawn Chorus Day.

Your favourite birdsong

 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla, perched seen through branches, Hampshire

Spring is the best time of the year for listening to birds singing, so it’s also the perfect time for you to tell us which song you like best!

Do you love the sad song of a robin? How about the amazing trill of a tiny wren, or the messy, scratchy warble of the blackcap?

Vote now on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tell us which song is your favourite.

Experience the dawn chorus

Make some time for mindfulness

Take a moment and enjoy some beautiful birdsong from RSPB nature reserves right across the UK. Sit back and relax.

Take a moment and enjoy some beautiful birdsong from RSPB nature reserves right across the UK. Sit back and relax.

Your window on the dawn chorus

Join us live and experience the dawn chorus as it happens across the UK, or catch up over breakfast.

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Why do birds sing so early?

In the cold dawn air, birdsong can carry up to 20 times further than at other times of the day. There are also far fewer human noises, like cars, to compete with. The dawn chorus doesn’t all start at dawn, though. Different birds join in at different times, with robins often up earliest.

Find out more about the secrets of the dawn chorus, including why birds sing and which ones sing at night.

European robin adult male singing in woodland

Save the dawn chorus

Skylark sitting in heather

The world may still feel uncertain, but as spring returns, we can rely on the dawn chorus to once again lift our spirits! But it’s not as loud as it once was. In the last 50 years, the UK has lost a staggering 40 million birds. We can’t go on like this.

We need your help to protect some of nature’s greatest singers, birds like nightingales, skylarks and cuckoos, and protect the special places where they live. By joining the RSPB today, you can help us do more for the wildlife you love.

Music to your ears

As you listen, can you work out which bird is singing? We've created a handy audio guide so that you can get to know the different bird songs.

You can also get to know the birds that sing near you with our brilliant bird identifier. And, if you just can't get enough of the beautiful sound of birdsong, you can enjoy it wherever you go by tuning in to Birdsong Radio.

 Dunnock singing from on top a gorse bush, Co. Durham