NATIONAL Dawn Chorus Day is Bird Watch Ireland’s most popular annual event.
Wildlife enthusiasts set their alarm clocks a little earlier than usual to go out to enjoy a morning of beautiful birdsong.
Bird Watch Ireland branches throughout the country are planning a whole range of dawn chorus walks and other birdsong-themed events on and around this date, and everyone, member and non-member alike, is welcome to attend.
Many of the events will be held even earlier than usual, from 4am onwards, because listeners do not want to miss the very first notes of the chorus as blackbirds, song thrushes and other birds launch into song while it’s still dark.
In Edenderry such an event will be held at The Glade and will be led by Declan Manley from Monasteroris.
Mr Manley has been a keen bird watcher for many years and is a member of Bird Watch Ireland and the British Trust for Ornithology. He is also a bird ringer and has ringed over 4000 birds over the last year and has ringing trainees. He has been involved in a countryside bird survey for Bird Watch Ireland for over 12 years.
Such is his enthusiasm for birds, and wildlife that he’s has travelled worldwide including Bahrain in his quest to sight beautiful birds.
Nida and Gerry Collins owners of “The Glade” in Rahin between Edenderry and Kinnegad are delighted to have Declan as their guide for the celebration of The Dawn Chorus. “Its thanks to Declan that I even knew there was such a celebration,” said Nida. “After our successful guided walk on the Bank Holiday where people came from all over to hear Declan, I realised the huge interest there was in learning more about our local trees and wildlife. Declan is passionate about the countryside and all things in nature and it is a treat to listen and learn from him.”
The guided walk will take place from The Glade, Rahin next Sunday May 15 at 4am sharp. For those concerned about the early start, there will be tea and coffee and juice available at the Glade as well as breakfast after the walk. This is a free event. For more information Nida can be contacted on 086172800 or log onto www.theglade.ie or follow the Glade on facebook.