Discover the dawn chorus

Price
£125 / Group Ticket (1 - 6 people)
Duration
1 hr 30 mins
Age restrictions
10+
Group Ticket (6 - 10 people) prices also available

What you'll do

There's no sweeter or more harmonious way to begin the day than the dawn chorus. This melodic sound of spring when all the birds sing together at the start of a new day is quite something. If you have never heard it before, it will simply blow your mind!

If you're keen to know what our common songbirds sound like, this experience will hit the right note. Your host's dawn chorus birdsong walks in the Forest of Dean are an ideal way of getting out early (or late), hearing the onset of spring, and learning who's who in the bird world.

Open up your ears to a rich new world of melodies and their meaning, while getting closer acquainted with our feathered friends. Find out how birdsong can be used to attract a mate, call in the flock and defend their territory. The Forest of Dean is the perfect setting where you can fully immerse yourself in an enchanting experience - let yourself be uplifted by nature's most powerful chorus.

If a 5AM or 5.30AM start is too early for you, early bird walks that begin at around 7AM or 8AM are also available. If evenings are better, then there's a glorious evening chorus of birdsong too.

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What you'll do

There's no sweeter or more harmonious way to begin the day than the dawn chorus. This melodic sound of spring when all the birds sing together at the start of a new day is quite something. If you have never heard it before, it will simply blow your mind!

If you're keen to know what our common songbirds sound like, this experience will hit the right note. Your host's dawn chorus birdsong walks in the Forest of Dean are an ideal way of getting out early (or late), hearing the onset of spring, and learning who's who in the bird world.

Open up your ears to a rich new world of melodies and their meaning, while getting closer acquainted with our feathered friends. Find out how birdsong can be used to attract a mate, call in the flock and defend their territory. The Forest of Dean is the perfect setting where you can fully immerse yourself in an enchanting experience - let yourself be uplifted by nature's most powerful chorus.

If a 5AM or 5.30AM start is too early for you, early bird walks that begin at around 7AM or 8AM are also available. If evenings are better, then there's a glorious evening chorus of birdsong too.

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Facilities

  • Parking
  • Outdoors

COVID-19 guidelines

  • The activities are held outdoors at a time when there are little to no other people around and social distancing is easy to achieve.

  • Participants use their own transport. They will only attend if they're not showing any signs of Covid-19. Ed follows the current government guidelines on groups sizes. The covid-19 risk assessment is a part of the overall risk assessment completed.

On the day

  • The time of the dawn chorus varies through spring. In early March it is around 6AM, while by the end of April it is 4.30AM.

  • It can be chilly at first light, warm clothing and footwear are recommended. You will be out for around 1.5 hours.

  • You will walk approx 1.5 miles (2.4km) at a steady or slow pace taking in the scenery, sounds and wildlife along the way. Walking is along well-surfaced tracks. You're able to venture off onto smaller paths and gentle uphill or downhill terrain.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 7 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 7 days before your experience.

About Ed Drewitt

Ed takes guests out on adventurous experiences in the Forest of Dean. His speciality? Uncovering its wildlife and helping others to identify birdsong. Ed's your go-to guy for experiencing the incredible sounds of the dawn chorus when birds wake at first light and sing. At dusk, he'll guide you on a wildlife safari as you search for secretive large mammals like fallow deer and wild boar. Maybe you fancy exploring the forest's special birdlife that isn't found in Bristol - Ed knows just how.

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Your host

Ed Drewitt

Ed's got a passion for wildlife. He enjoys taking people out to see and experience it. Ed offers training courses on identifying birds and their songs. He has been studying urban peregrine falcons for the past 20 years and is the author of Urban Peregrines. He's got an educational background so is always on a quest to learn new things.

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Price
£125 / Group Ticket (1 - 6 people)
Duration
1 hr 30 mins
Age restriction
10+
Rebook or cancel up to 7 days before your experience.