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Dawn Chorus at Castle Espie

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Comber is offering a unique opportunity to enjoy their wonderful wildlife reserve before daybreak with a Dawn Chorus on Sunday 2 April at 6.30am.

Everyone, from people with a passing interest in wildlife to keen birders, can enjoy listening to the birds sing as the sun rises over Strangford Lough. Bird expert Dot Blakely will lead the group around the reserve to discover what is waking, and help identify the birds by their song.

As summer approaches the dawn chorus reaches a crescendo - male songbirds sing their hearts out to attract potential partners and to protect their territories. The chorus only ends when there is enough light for the birds to fly off in search of food.

Speaking about this spectacle of nature, Dot Blakely highlighted, "You've got to get up early to hear nature at its liveliest, most vocal and very best. But you'll be rewarded with an unforgettable experience, as wildlife celebrates the new day in a fantastic, fresh air frenzy of bird song".

During the guided tour, visitors will get the chance to see and hear such birds as the wren, blackbird, gold crest, willow warbler, blackcap and song thrush among others.

At the end of the walk enjoy a hot and hearty breakfast in the Kingfisher Kitchen. £12.50 per participant includes admission to the centre for the rest of the day. Contact us to book a space for this unmissable wildlife event.

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06.30 - 08.30

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Dawn Chorus at Castle Espie

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre 78 Ballydrain Road
County Down
BT23 6EA
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T: (028) 9187 4146
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