Image by Rowan Edwards.Crickets on the BBC Wildlife Finder
Recording the dawn chorus at Thomas Hardy's Cottage
The 2nd May is International Dawn Chorus Day, a chance to get up early and experience the extraordinary richness of spring bird song, which begins at first light.More information about Hardy's Cottage
There is evidence that the dawn chorus we hear now may not contain as many species nor as many numbers of birds as those heard a hundred years ago but it can still be celebrated in the 21st century.
Sarah Pitt went to Dorset to experience the dawn chorus at Thomas Hardy’s birthplace near Dorchester. With her were Marion Perriss from the RSPB Dorset group, Ralph Pite, a Hardy biographer and Jeremy Powne from the Dorset Wildlife Trust.
Rowan Edwards on location in West Sussex with field crickets
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