I'll use this week's blog to publicise some birdsong-related events that are coming up. If you are in Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Suffolk, Yorkshire, Northumberland or Dumfries and Galloway please come along-it would be great to see you.
Tomorrow, Saturday April 21st is World Curlew Day; join us for curlew walks on the Ham at Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire (left).
On May 15th I'll be at the Buccleuch and Queensberry in Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway. Archie McConnel of the Dumfries Archival Mapping Project and I will present Maps and Birdsong: a historical exploration of the ornithological landscape of Upper Nithsdale. We will look at maps of the Thornhill area dating from 1590 to the present day, and explore how the ornithology of the area has changed with land use. I'll play recordings of birdsong made in places on the maps, and compare them with faked-up recordings of historical birdsong in the area. We will also look into bird-influenced place names on the maps-there are quite a few.
On the following morning, June 9th, I will lead a dawn chorus walk around the Physic Garden at 5am.
On June 11th-15th, as part of The Wild Watch, we will in Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Yorkshire, with Isak Herman who is working with Planet Birdsong to create pioneering bird vocalization games. We will be trialling Isak's latest creations at six primary schools, and with conservation volunteers, gamekeepers and land managers. We will enable local secondary school pupils to customise the games for local needs. Sunny Moodie will again be filming a wide range people reproducing their favourite birdsongs.
On June 17th I'm leading another Dawn Chorus walk in Fishpond Wood near Pateley Bridge, as part of Niddfest.
Liz and I repeat Birdsong and Gypsies at 7.30pm on June 22nd in St Andrew's Church, Great Saxham, Suffolk; and finally at The Limes, Standlake, Oxon on July 22nd for The Exuberant Trust.