Curlew. Image by Laurie Campbell.

After months of silence, the plaintive call of the Curlew and the Skylark’s song herald bird life returning to the moors. The Eastern Moors team are inviting people to join them for a Dawn Chorus walk to find out more about some of the species which thrive in woodlands and on the moors.

On Wednesday 10 May, 6.30-9.30am, visitors can join the experts on the moors to pick up tips on how to identify bird species even when they’re out of sight. May is one of the best times of the year to enjoy the dawn chorus in the woodlands, as bird species are defending territories and actively raising a new generation.

Bryony Thomson, Eastern Moors community involvement ranger, said: “Whilst this cacophony of wild music may be pleasant to our ears, if we could translate the messages they’re shouting it would be rather less sweet! Males are loudly defending their territories and advertising their breeding potential to any nearby females. Aggressive species such as robins have the loudest songs but you will have to listen hard to pick out the soft croaks of the bullfinch, which mates for life.”

All visitors to the Peak District are reminded to be considerate of wildlife during the breeding season (1st March to 31st July) and keep dogs on a lead when exploring this open access site, to avoid disturbing ground nesting birds. Disturbance can cause the parent birds to abandon the nest and also draws attention to the nest location for any roaming predators.

The Eastern Moors is part of the Peak District National Park and managed in partnership by the RSPB and National Trust. This popular area of land is made up of a mosaic of habitats including important areas of woodland, home to specialist species such as the pied fly catcher and open moorland where curlews nest.

For the full program and more information about events on the Eastern Moors, visit www.visit-eastern-moors.org.uk. Booking is essential, £5pp, suitable for adults and accompanied children aged 12+. For more information please contact enquiries@easternmoors.org.uk or call 0114 2891543.