Mid & East Antrim set to celebrate the Dawn Chorus

International Dawn Chorus Day is the worldwide celebration of ‘nature’s daily miracle’ – bird song. This year, International Dawn Chorus Day is Sunday 1 May and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is hosting three specially organised walks so everyone can join in the experience.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is committed to protecting and promoting the biodiversity in the Borough and believe one of the best ways to generate support and understanding of the natural world is to get people to experience the wonders of their local wildlife first-hand. Spring is an excellent time to get outdoors and enjoy our birds as they are out and about, actively looking for a mate and defending their territory.

The Borough has two danders at dawn and an evening bird song walk to choose from so we hope there is something for both the early birds and night owls to enjoy. Experts will lead participants through the parks identifying sounds from the first cautious cheep to the last melody of the day. Mid and East Antrim is home to a wide range of species so there will be plenty of songs for enthusiastic twitchers and novices alike to identify and enjoy.

Event details:DAWN CHORUS DAY

  • Dawn Chorus Dander, Carnfunnock Country Park Larne, from 6am. Meeting at the Visitor Centre. £6 adult/£5 child/concession including breakfast. Booking essential, contact 028 2826 2471
  • Dawn Chorus Walk, People’s Park, Ballymena, from 7.45am-9am, no booking required, meeting at The Pavilion
  • Evening Bird Song Walk, Bashfordsland Wood & Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus, from 6.30pm-8pm, no booking required, meeting at Oakfield Community Centre