International Dawn Chorus Day – 2017

Dawn Chorus 2017 – Listen Live on this link – Sunday 7 May 04.15-06.15

I can’t believe that May is here already! Plans are well under way to broadcast this year’s International Dawn Chorus Day sounds from Cley Marshes in Norfolk on Sunday 7 May.

I’ll have a number of microphones set up on the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve and the plan is to broadcast live online between 4.15 and 6.15. Sunrise is officially at 5.12.

You can use the link below to hear the broadcast live – or if you want a lie-in then the whole two hours will be on the Norfolk Sound Map later on Sunday.

Part of the broadcast will also be relaid by SoundCamp / REVEIL, which follows the dawn round the world.

Sounding Coastal Change

This year I’m working with a project called Sounding Coastal Change.

Sounding Coastal Change is an Open University and University of Dundee research project about coastal change – social and environmental – in North Norfolk. The idea is to use sound, music and different ways of listening to explore the ways in which the coast is changing, and how peoples’ lives are changing with it.

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK and supported by the National Trust.

This broadcast has been made possible by the generous help of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

May Birds at Cley

If you are wondering what you are likely to hear, then the wonderful volunteers at the Cley Visitor Centre have kindly supplied me with a list!

Could be seen on any visit

L winter birds leaving during month – B Breeding on reserve – A Arriving

Mute Swan (B), Greylag Goose (B), Canada Goose (B), Egyptian Goose, Shelduck (B), Wigeon (few), Gadwall (B), Teal (few), Mallard (B), Shoveler (B), Pochard (B), Tufted Duck (B), Red-legged Partridge  (B), Pheasant (B), Little Grebe (B), Cormorant, Little Egret (B), Grey Heron (B), Spoonbill, Marsh Harrier (B), Sparrowhawk (B), Common Buzzard, Kestrel (B), Hobby (A), Water Rail *(B), Moorhen (B), Coot (B), Oystercatcher (B), Avocet (B), Little Ringed Plover (B), Ringed Plover (B), Lapwing (B), Knot, Dunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank (B), Turnstone, Black-headed Gull (B), Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern , Wood Pigeon, Barn Owl, Swift, Skylark (B), Sand Martin(B), Swallow (B) ,House Martin (B), Meadow Pipit (B), Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail (B), Wren (B), Wheatear , Cetti’s Warbler (B), Sedge Warbler (B), Reed Warbler (B), Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Bearded Tit (B), Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Starling, Goldfinch (B), Linnet (B), Reed Bunting (B)

* These species are present but not often seen

Regular Offshore

Common Scoter, Gannet, Fulmar


Dark Bellied Brent Goose (L), Garganey, Bittern, Red Kite, Osprey, Merlin, Peregrine, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Sanderling ,Little Stint, Temminck’s Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, Black Tern, Arctic Tern, Stock Dove, Turtle Dove, Short-eared Owl, Cuckoo, White Wagtail, Whinchat, Stonechat, Ring Ouzel, Grasshopper Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat

Possible Offshore

Eider, Red-throated Diver, Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Arctic Skua, Kittiwake, Guillemot

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