April 9, 2013 IDCD Stories No Comments

A nature-lovers’ event which started in a back garden in Birmingham in the 1980s is this year hoping to trend globally on social media as tweeters report on the dawn chorus all over the world.

International Dawn Chorus Day, the annual celebration of nature’s ode to joy when songbirds fill the air with music as the sun comes up, will be held on Sunday 5th May this year.

Broadcaster and environmentalist Chris Baines started it all off long before “tweeting” was invented for instant communication on mobile devices, but this year, the organisers of International Dawn Chorus Day, The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country, want to make the event a celebration of nature with modern connectivity. Communications Officer, Joe Peacock says: “Twitter is a great way to share experiences, and this year participants will be using the hashtag #IDCD to tweet their experiences of the event. We hope that this will bring people closer together to see what’s happening around the world and feel part of a global community of nature-lovers.”

With enthusiasts in over eighty countries having participated in International Dawn Chorus Day since he began it in Birmingham, Chris Baines says: ”The simple ideas are always the best! Every year, wherever I happen to be, I get an enormous thrill from listening to the dawn chorus on this special day, and knowing that I am sharing the pleasure with friends and family in lots of other places around the world.”

In order to take part locally, you can go to www.idcd.info to find an event happening near you or get advice on how to organise your own event. However, whether it be the UK, USA, Caribbean or Antarctica, people all over the globe will be rising early to enjoy International Dawn Chorus Day 2013, which aided by social media, will be a truly global experience.

Notes to Editors

Further information: The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country: Communications Officer Joe Peacock 07713 487 415, joe.p@bbcwildlife.org.uk.

International Dawn Chorus Day:

International Dawn Chorus Day is organised by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, and was the brainchild of its Vice President, the writer and environmentalist, Professor Chris Baines.

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country:

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country is one of 47 local trusts working to make the United Kingdom a better place for people and wildlife. With over 800,000 members, the Wildlife Trusts are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species, whether they be in the countryside, in cities or at sea. Collectively they manage over 2,300 nature reserves covering more than 90,000 hectares. Locally The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country works to conserve biodiversity, improve the environment and raise awareness and understanding of wildlife issues. For more information please visit www.bbcwildlife.org.uk or telephone 0121 454 1199.

Written by IDCD