16 June 2017

Dawn Chorus Walk... enjoyed by all!

Attenborough Nature Reserve

Dawn chorus

On Saturday 29th April 2017 we held one of our "Dawn Chorus walks" for cochlear implant users, at Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottingham. For the third year running we had perfect weather - dry and calm - and it was definitely worth the 6am start to hear all the birds in full voice!

 Dawn Chorus Walk 1      Dawn Chorus Walk 2

Our guide Tim took us round the reserve armed with binoculars, telescope and sonograms - pictures of the calls of the birds we were listening to. It was fascinating to be able to hear the birds, watch them singing at close range, and then see a visual representation of the different calls as well. We heard the first cuckoo of the year, and also 9 out of ten of the species of warbler that can be found at the reserve, along with wrens, cetti's warblers, a kingfisher, gadwalls and lots more. The walk was rounded off with a very welcome breakfast in the café.

For our next visit to Attenborough we're thinking of trying something a little bit different - a bat walk! This is likely to be around September time, so keep an eye on our website for further details.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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