Stay awake for the dawn cho­rus

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

INSOMNIACS have a treat in store in the wee hours of May 7, when Ra­dio 4 will fol­low the melodic sounds of wak­ing birds across Europe.

The seven-hour broad­cast (from just af­ter mid­night) is for In­ter­na­tional Dawn Cho­rus Day (IDCD) and will track the ris­ing sun from Moscow to Dublin, via ca­per­cail­lies in Nor­mandy, France, bluethroats in the Nether­lands, tawny owls and cuck­oos, cul­mi­nat­ing in a live broad­cast—hope­fully— of bit­terns boom­ing in the Ham Wall na­ture re­serve in Som­er­set. ‘It’ll be like the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test, but with bet­ter singing,’ as a BBC em­ployee puts it.

The IDCD is or­gan­ised by the Wildlife Trusts; to find your near­est event, visit htpp://

Bit­tern bird­song: tune in on May 7

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