Organising your own Dawn Chorus event is easy – read on for a few tips.

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Where?

Find somewhere that people can get to which is likely to have a good number of birds. Nature reserves and national parks are great but not everyone is near one, so successful events have taken place in back gardens, sports grounds and even barracks!

From all the reports through the years of organising this event we know that woodland produces the best choruses, but wherever you go make sure you have permission to be there.

On the day, meet up as dawn is breaking and enjoy the music as the sun rises.

When?

The time depends on where you are, about 4 a.m. in northern temperate areas, 6 a.m. in the Tropics and in the Southern Hemisphere as late as 8 a.m. A great way to finish your event is to share breakfast with the other people who came, if that’s possible.

Publicity

If you’re part of a group, publicise the event to your members, supporters, friends and the public. Use your links through Facebook, Twitter and any other social media to generate some interest, too. Make sure you also register your event on idcd.info so other people can find out, and if you tweet use the #idcd hashtag. Send press releases to local newspapers, radio and television if you’re looking to make it a big event.

Fundraising

If you want to raise funds for a conservation project, you can use your Dawn Chorus Event to attract new members, or why not get sponsored for every bird you hear? Some people also charge for their event to cover the cost of providing breakfast and any other expenses, but please make this clear.

Other Benefits

You can raise your group’s profile or just have a fun event for your existing members. But above all, spread the word about how you and people all around the world work to celebrate and protect wild birds! To make sure that we can all see what’s happening around the world, don’t forget to tweet using the hashtag #idcd if you can.

The next International Dawn Chorus Day will be the biggest and best ever. All around the globe people will be rising early to greet the rising sun and enjoy nature’s daily miracle. Join bird lovers all around the globe by taking part in International Dawn Chorus Day – the World’s Favourite Birdwatch!

Register your event now!

When you register your event you’ll get access to a free electronic participation pack with Word documents that you can edit with your local information and add your own logo to. This contains everything you need to hold a successful Dawn Chorus Day event (except a venue, and some birds…):

  • Posters to publicise your event
  • Media/press release so you can tell the world what’s happening.
  • A leaflet to hand out to everyone who comes to your event.

We will also:

  • List your event on the FIND AN EVENT page.
  • Make details of your events available to the media.

To register an event simply Login or Register an account – once you have logged in you will be able to register Events using our Event Manager. If you have previously registered, but cannot remember your password/username, reset it using your email address as the username AND the email address.

The Wildlife Trust promotes International Dawn Chorus Day in good faith. We cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions or any losses arising from how we publicise your event. The health and safety of participants in your event is wholly your responsibility, take care, think safety and plan wisely.