Thursday, 28 May 2020

Male chaffinch singing on branch

The Dawn Chorus, part of The Living Planet online programme - in collaboration with FACT Liverpool

Earlier this year, Chris was asked to collaborate with FACT Liverpool and a number of other organisations/individuals on a nature-inspired project to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day, which takes place on the 3rd of May ( The original idea had been for Chris to lead a dawn chorus walk from FACT around certain city centre hotspots for birds, but the coronavirus lockdown unfortunately put a stop to that. FACT, however, came up with a great plan to move online as much of the content for their whole project as possible, and this included asking Chris to write about the birds and bird song to be seen and heard around Merseyside. Chris's blog, incorporating details from the RSPB website (, became part of a free online resource, The Living Planet, exploring our relationship with the natural world. The blog can be found here:
One of our members, Dr Bethan Roberts, William Noble Postdoctoral Research Associate in the English Department, University of Liverpool, who researches birds in eighteenth-century and Romantic poetry, science and ecology, was also invited to participate. She introduced a few of her favourite poems about birds, and her presentation is available to watch on Facebook (
Chris also included details of where to find bird song recordings: at Xeno-Canto (, and a number of great places to go birdwatching locally and test your knowledge. Please remember to adhere to the government's two-metre physical distancing rule when visiting any of these sites.
Liverpool: Calderstones Park, the old Festival Gardens site, Greenbank Park, Newsham Park,
Sefton Park, Walton Hall Park
Sefton: Derby Park, Duke Street Park, Hesketh Park
Knowsley: Halewood Park, Stadt Moers Park
Wirral: Central Park, Royden Park