If you have ever stopped to listen to the dawn chorus, you will know what a magical experience it is.
We know that where we live, we are very lucky to hear so many birds every morning. We also know that many people are not as fortunate as us. So last year, during lockdown, we decided it would be a great gift to share this experience with other people who may not have the time or the space or location to enjoy the dawn chorus each morning.
So, with seed funding from the ‘I’ve got an idea’ fund (set up in memory of Peter Williams by his family), we have been working away in our very small amounts of spare time trying to create a website which will automatically record and upload the dawn chorus each day, live from the location where we live in Mid Cornwall.
This is not as easy as it sounds. Each day, the start of the Dawn Chorus moves in time. In the winter it gets later of course, but after winter solstice, the dawn chorus starts to move earlier and earlier, each day until the height of summer when it begins at around 3 in the morning!
We intend to carry on recording each day, live stream it via YouTube and host the actual recording for each day on this page, and have an on-going archive of recordings you can access when you like!
(Recordings over Christmas are being posted daily on our blogs which you can access here)
Today’s Dawn Chorus can be accessed here
Just to highlight, that the recordings we are trying to achieve are minute accurate and start at a pre-set time (as one of our long term aims is to provide scientifically accurate data recordings). The recordings start exactly 30 minutes before dawn (at our location in Cornwall, UK) and the recording duration is 120 minutes.