Dawn chorus walk in Sydenham Hill Wood – Saturday 21 April 2018

Wren perched on branch singing at dawn
Wren perched on branch singing at dawn

Join the London Wildlife Trust for an early morning bird walk in the woods. They’ll be looking and listening out for the many species of birds that use the woods at this time of year.

The dawn chorus is one of the most important dates in nature’s calendar. Sydenham Hill Wood is a part ancient and secondary woodland with a diverse strcuture of habitats. This means the Wood is rich in biodiversity and is especially good for its bird species.

Recent dawn chorus walks have led to encounters with kestrel, song thrush, green woodpecker, nuthatch and hunting tawny owl. Though there is much to see at this time in the morning, the main purpose of the walk will be to tune into the aural ambience of this very special landscape.

Meeting point is inside the southern entrance to Sydenham Hill Wood on Crescent Wood Road.
Time: 4:45am7:00am

There is no need to book and the walk is free; but if you would like to make a contribution to London Wildlife Trust your donations are most welcome.


Dawn Chorus Walk, Sat 22nd March

House sparrow ©FreeImages.com/Michael Somsen
House sparrow ©FreeImages.com/Michael Somsen

Horniman Dawn Chorus Walk 

Saturday, 22 March 2014             5am – 6.30am


Dawn chorus walk – Riverview Park, 26 April 2013

Wake up with the warblers, an early start for a spot of birding with 30+ species potentially on offer at this time of year.  Meet at the Sainsbury’s Sava Centre, Bell Green at 5am!

The leader of the walk Lawrence will be driving via Brockley and Ladywell on his way to Sydenham.  He has room for 4 people on his car.  Please call him on 07986 237 431  if you would like a life.  He will be picking up at 4.45am.

In the mean time watch this nice video of a walk through Woodchester Park, Gloucestershire, to listen to the first calls of the day. You’ll not see/hear all the birds in this clip on your walk, but you may recognice a few.

Dawn Chorus Walk, Sydenham Hill Woods – 26 April 2012

Not quite Lewisham, but still Lewisham borders!  We are sure that it will be a fantastic and very interesting event.

Daniel Greenwood from London Wildlife Trust says;

“The walk will be led by the Wood’s official bird surveyor Dave Clark, who has a wealth of knowledge about birds in the Wood and surrounding sites such as Dulwich, Belair and Crystal Palace Park. This is a free walk, donations are welcome.

There is a good possibility of the following species: Great, blue, coal and long-tailed tit, robin, wren, nuthatch, blackbird, song thrush, tawny owl, chiffchaff, blackcap, sparrowhawk, and ring necked parakeet amongst others.

If there is consistently heavy rain the walk will be cancelled and rearranged for another date. Booking is not necessary.”


Dawn Chorus walk at Sydenham Hill Woods
Dawn Chorus walk at Sydenham Hill Woods