International Dawn Chorus Day

Set your alarm and celebrate every day at dawn to listen to the dawn chorus… one of nature's most uplifting wonders.

Bring the reserves into your home

Thousands of people joined us on our Facebook page on Sunday 3 May for International Dawn Chorus Day.

Watch again as RSPB experts and people shared their own dawn choruses from gardens, backyards, balconies and neighbourhoods, celebrating nature at its most uplifting.

Song thrush

Make some time for mindfulness

Sit back, relax and take a minute (or ten) to experience the Dawn Chorus from our reserves

Sit back, relax and take a minute (or ten) to experience the Dawn Chorus from our reserves

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Why so early?

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.

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

Wren singing on a branch

Save the dawn chorus

Our reserves may be closed, but nature is always open and lifting our spirits like never before, with blossoms blooming, birds nesting and the greatest symphony of all – the dawn chorus – leading the charge. But for how much longer?

With fewer cars on the roads and a reduction in the noise all around us, it seems as if bird song is louder than ever. Sadly, the opposite is true. Did you know that in the last 50 years, the UK has lost 40 million birds?

Nightingale singing

Nature has been there for us

Nature has been there for us during this difficult time, now it’s our turn to return the favour.

Help us save our threatened songsters such as the song thrush and nightingale. Your donation helps us to continue our work to save our dawn chorus, so you can enjoy this natural symphony for many years to come.

Male, adult, Robin on a hose

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 bird song, you can enjoy it wherever you go by tuning in to Birdsong Radio.

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