Remembering them at dawn as the birds begin to sing

Just Regional
Mar 24, 2016 2 mins read

If you’ve not yet discovered the peace and beauty of hearing the birds wake and sing at first light during a Dawn Chorus Walk , now is your chance.

Big C has paired up with Pensthorpe Natural Park and RSPB Strumpshaw Fen for this experience on Sunday, April 17, and Sunday. May 8.

Ben Lewis, warden at Strumpshaw Fen, will help walkers identify the birdsong, sometimes with the use of his iPad recordings so no need to worry if you do not know their distinctive calls and songs.

“To see and listen to the dawn chorus is a good reason to get out of bed at this time of day. We will try and break the sounds down to identify what and who we can hear. It will change as we visit the various habitats, the weather will also have an impact,” he said.

Over at Pensthorpe, the 700-acre site that was twice voted Norfolk’s Best Large Visitor Attraction, conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitats is the single most important focus of the work. With a diverse range of habitats, its Norfolk Natural Park is nationally recognised as a breeding site for many species and numerous types of bird. Sightings include 16 whooper swan, large flocks of goldfinch and siskin, woodcock, the short-eared owl, marsh harriers and bitterns.

It is also home to the most important river in the East of England from the Test  to the Humber which is designated a Special Area of Conservation. The walk will take you beside the chalk stream to see natural brown trout, water vole, otters and kingfishers along to the wader scrap where more surprises await. “You never know who is going to turn up on this large pool of water with views across to the wet meadows beyond,” said operations director Mark Noble. “There is little light pollution so we have stunning sunrises and it is a wonderful sight as the birds come to life, feeling the sun on their wings.”

Tickets cost £15 at Pensthorpe, to include a two hour warden tour starting at 5.30am and hot beverage, (breakfast is available separately from 8.30am at the café) and £20 at Strumpshaw which includes a two hour warden tour, breakfast bag with hot beverage and starts at 6.15am.

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