Set your alarm and head to Bog Meadows Nature Reserve on Saturday (May 3) to be tweeted to a chorus of spring birdsong, in celebration of International Dawn Chorus Day.
Ulster Wildlife and local bird expert, Aidan Crean, will lead a guided dawn chorus walk around this urban oasis, to hear songbirds belt out their classic tunes as the sun rises and help identify them too.
The dawn chorus reaches a peak in May as birds sing their hearts out to attract a mate and defend their territories. Blackbirds, robins and skylarks usually start things off and, as spring gets into full swing, resident birds are joined by summer visitors like blackcaps and willow warblers.
Deborah McLaughlin, Nature Reserves Officer with Ulster Wildlife said: “As the sun rises over Bog Meadows a solo bird will begin to sing, and soon the air will ring with birdsong – a natural roar that’s reminiscent of being in the jungle!
“The sheer variety and intensity of birdsong will blow you away as you walk around the wetland, and is well-worth getting up for. And for those who don’t know one bird from another, we’ll be on hand to help you interpret birdsong as it reaches its peak.”
The dawn chorus walk starts at Bog Meadows Nature Reserve at 7.30am and finishes in Falls Park, located opposite, where hot drinks and scones will be provided. Suitable outdoor clothing and stout footwear are recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Booking is essential – contact Ulster Wildlife on 028 4483 0282 during office hours or visit www.ulsterwildlife.org/whats-on