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International Dawn Chorus Day 25 April 2005

In the Isle of Man the local celebration of natureís daily miracle will be an event at the Curraghs Wildlife Park near Ballaugh held by the Manx Bird Atlas and friends. A good humoured gathering of bleary-eyed nature lovers is promised. The rising crescendo of birdsong is guaranteed to compensate for the effort of getting up an about so early.

Bird lovers from around the world will be joining in this years International Dawn Chorus Day on Sunday 1st May with an early start. The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country organises the world-wide event each year, as ornithologists from every continent (even Antarctica!) gather to hear birds greeting the sunrise.

Dawn Chorus day highlights how much wild birds contribute to our lives, as well as reminding us of the fragility of the natural world.

If you want to join in then meet at the entrance to the Wildlife Park at 5:30am on the 1st of May 2005. It is recommended that you wear suitable clothing which is warm, water proof (if wet) and that you bring a pair of binoculars with you.

Entry to the Wildlife Park will be free of charge but breakfast in the Lakeside Cafe afterwards will be £4.25 a head.

Local bird expert Chris Sharpe from the Manx Bird Atlas, who will lead the walk, said:

"This year we expect to hear a rich chorus of songbirds, such as blackcap, willow warbler and great tit along with tree sparrow and perhaps lesser redpoll."

Nick Pinder, General Manager of the Wildlife Park added:

"The Curraghs is important for various species of waterfowl and hen harriers as well, so we could hear or see some less usual sights. One year we could plainly hear the emuís throat rumble from completely the other side of the Wildlife Park."

In previous years birds seen around the world have ranged from vultures and bald eagles to black swans and bulbuls! In the UK the birds seen have included barn owls, peregrine falcons, bullfinches and siskins.

International Dawn Chorus Day is being hosted by the Curraghs Wildlife Park on behalf of the Manx Bird Atlas as part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations. The Curraghs Wildlife Park is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm.

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