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Clementine and a bird of the dawn chorus

Clementine enjoys the dawn chorus

Ain't She Tweet: Clementine's guide to the dawn chorus

Dolly-diva Clementine swaps her designer shoes for something more practical as she gets ready to tune in to the dawn chorus as part of BBC Breathing Places. Enjoy top tips and Great Tits in her spring video-postcard.

The dawn chorus is a symphony of nature that happens all year round and BBC Breathing Places is asking us all to up early and listen to it.

The dawn chorus might sound like a racket when you're trying to get your beauty sleep, but tune in your ears and you'll hear some magical.

Clementine, The Living Fashion Doll, loves the dawn.

Clementine sets her alarm clock for 4am

Set your alarm clock for 4am!

As a diva accustomed to a life flying-high with the celebrity jet-set, dawn is the time of day when Clementine is usually tottering home on her heels following some exclusive showbiz soiree!

Up at 4am

"Staying up at 4am to experience the dawn chorus after a glamorous night out was hard I have to admit, but if Billy Oddie can greet the dawn, so can I," she said.

"On the plus side I finally got to meet several members of my cleaning staff who were just arriving! No, seriously, the dawn chorus was quite magical.

"They say the darkest hour is just before dawn - and they're right. The stars looked bright, even from the roof of my London penthouse.

"And while they say the capital never sleeps, the London traffic had calmed enough for me to clearly hear several different species of birds - singing a beautiful harmony with a couple of car alarms!"

Clementine tunes in to the dawn chorus

Clementine tunes in to the dawn chorus

Although the closest Clementine usually gets to nature is via the natural beauty products that adorn every surface of her designer bathroom, BBC Breathing Places has inspired her to look the environment through new eyes.

"When people meet me they see my glamorous appearance, my many beautiful outfits and my fabulous lifestyle , but I'm just a nature girl at heart - no really, it's true," she said.

"I'm 100 per cent plastic and that's made from oil - isn't it? It also explains why I'm worth a fabulous small fortune, you know what oil prices are like!

Enjoy the dawn chorus

"There are lots of top tips on how to enjoy the dawn chorus in my film, but I'm telling you - bird watching is so therapeutic and so much cheeper than my analyst," she added.

There are lots of dawn chorus events across the UK, but if the thought of getting up and joining a walk at 4am doesn't appeal, there's still loads you can hear without even leaving your bedroom.

Simply set your alarm, get up and open your window a crack and listen to the sounds of the dawn chorus from the comfort of your bed.

Clementine checks out the Breathing Places website

Visit the Breathing Places website

Or like Clementine, spend a few moment enjoying the birdsong before you go to sleep - finally taking a well earned rest after a night of serious partying!

For more information on the dawn chorus and how you can get more in tune with nature in your area visit the BBC Breathing Places website.

Clementine's story

Clementine came to life following a freak accident when a falling satellite exploded into a plastics factory.

She now lives in London, but her road to fame and fortune started on a beach in Sheringham when she was discovered splashing in the surf by Norfolk puppeteer Mark Mander.

Now a dolly-diva, imagine the love-child of Lucile Ball and Barbie, Clementine works as a singing star, fashion icon and TV presenter with her tiny feet steeped in both fantasy and reality.

Sometimes she can be as sassy as Samantha from Sex in The City, and at others as naive as Ugly Betty!

last updated: 26/05/2008 at 11:29
created: 28/04/2008

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All about birds

Birds sing at dawn because it's quiet. Singing at dawn is thought to be 20 times more effective than singing at midday when there is more background noise.

Birds have a syrinx which is works like human vocal cords. What's special about it is that some birds, such as the song thrush, can sing more than one note at a time.

Birds sing in the spring as the longer days active a chemical change in the brains of male birds. They realise it's time to start breeding and so the dawn chorus begins.

Robins, song thrushes and blackbirds are always among the first to sing each morning.

Light pollution is changing the dawn chorus. In some places, robins can be heard singing through the night, which may be due to light from streetlamps confusing them as to when dawn breaks.

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