There’s a song in the air at RSPB Leighton Moss, thanks to nature’s wonderful symphony, and visitors can discover the magic of these early morning vocal masterpieces for themselves at a very special event.
To celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day on Sunday 3 May, visitors are invited to join a guided ‘Dawn Chorus Walk’ at 4 am and experience the incredible sounds of the Silverdale reserve much earlier in the morning than usual.
Anya Kuliszewski, Visitor Experience Intern at Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay nature reserve, said: “This is one of my favorite events of the year as it’s a rare chance to explore the reserve so early in the morning. With a 4am start, it is a real case of the ‘early bird catches the worm’ but it’s certainly worth it.
“It is really exciting listening to all the different bird songs and fantastic to have an experienced guide on hand to help identify them, especially as some of the birds at Leighton Moss are rather unusual and we’re lucky to have them at the reserve. Sedge and reed warblers have travelled thousands of miles to be here, so it’s particularly rewarding to hear them.
“With International Dawn Chorus Day celebrated annually all over the world, the Dawn Chorus Walk is always a popular event at the reserve and we hope this year will be no exception.”
After a guided walk through the reserve’s reedbed and woodland trails, the event will be followed by a full English or vegetarian breakfast in the reserve’s award- winning café at 7.30 am. The Dawn Chorus Walk event costs £15 (RSPB members £12).
However, if a 4 am start is too early, then visitors can join a Birdsong for Beginners event, on Sunday 24 May running from 7.30-10 am. It includes a bacon or veggie bap at the end and the cost is £10 (RSPB members £8).
Due to the popularity of these events, advanced booking is essential. Please phone Leighton Moss visitor centre on 01524 701601 to secure a place.