Dawn Spring & Summertime.

As dawn breaks, when the world has not quite woken up their is beauty to enjoy for early risers. Dawn can be blue on a clear day or embellished with fiery tints and the odd glimpse of planets such as Venus and Jupiter. The world is a riot of birdsong at this time of day and you may catch sight of shy animals out in the open – like roe deer, red deer, stoats and foxes as well as rabbits, hares and bats. For the observant, flowers like the daisy can be seen opening with the first rays of light.

For rabbits this is the best times to come out of their burrows to find food, because the low levels of light help them to spot and hide from predators. Mother rabbits leave newborns in their nests, visiting them only at dusk and at dawn to avoid drawing the attention of predators.


Bats will normally leave their roost at dusk to forage and usually continue to feed for most of the night returning at dawn. In Britain there are fourteen species of bat, all of which are found on the south coast of England, with only seven or eight in the middle of England and decreasing to two or three in the north of Scotland. This variation is due to the greater availability of insects to feed on in the south, with its warmer climate and different farming methods; and possibly a greater number of roost sites

This is a precious time of day for the birds, many insects are still sleeping so they have time to do other things, between April and June this includes singing loud and clear to attract a mate. You can hear the dawn chorus Here

The number of birds you will hear will vary depending on location with woodlands probably having around 30 different species. So make the effort one morning soon and take a walk before the sun rises.

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