Horniman Museum to send south London sounds over Twitter on Dawn Chorus Walk

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 June 2013

Broadcasting the sound of south London birds to the world, curators at the Horniman Museum and Gardens are asking the public to help identify the finest notes of a sunrise chorus later this month.

A photo of various types of insects and birds inside dimly lit cases
Already home to a sterling collection of bird and insect specimens, the Horniman will be hoping to add to its knowledge on a public walk for early risers this summer© Horniman Museum and Gardens
The Dawn Chorus Walk is inspired by the increasing national clamour for birdsong, fired by the success of a mass dawn chorus run by the National Trust via Twitter last weekend, as well as BBC Radio 4’s uplifiting Tweet of the Day series.

Ornithologist David Darrell-Lambert will lead a 5am walk from the picturesque Forest Hill venue. Listeners can tune in to hear some of the best songs by following the Horniman on Twitter.

“Tweet of the Day is doing a great job of raising awareness of the beautiful songs of our native birds,” says Julia Cort, the Community Learning Manager overseeing the current Family Festival of Fieldwork at the Horniman, held in honour of the centenary year of the British Ecological Society.

“We’re inviting children and their families to join our walk, hear some South London birdsong for themselves and learn how to identify different bird species.

“We’ll then choose a special dawn tweet to send out from Forest Hill to the world."

Other earthy escapades planned for the festival include moth and bat surveys, tree health checks and insect collecting from local ponds and meadows.

  • Runs June 22 2013, 5am-6.30am. Tickets £4 (free for accompanying adults). Book online. Visit the programme online for more on the Family Festival of Fieldwork.
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