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International Dawn Chorus Day - Radio 4 stars in a Unique Pan-European Nature broadcast. Join Brett Westwood and a gang of unexpected guests as Radio 4 throws an all-nighter in search of the Dawn Chorus. Going on air just after midnight and staying on air till 7am Brett hosts a night of conversation, story-telling, argument and explanation culminating in the live broadcast of the Dawn Chorus from Ham Wall Nature reserve in Somerset. Radio 4 is doing this as part of International Dawn Chorus day - a unique Broadcast event in which radio stations across Europe join together to track the rising sun across the continent from Moscow to Dublin. You'll hear capercaillies in from Normandy, Bitterns in Somerset, Blue throats in Holland - it's like the Euro-vision Song contest, but with much better singing. In our increasingly digital world Dawn Chorus provides a genuine encounter with the natural world on unmediated terms. There's a lovely sense of anticipation as you hunt and you wait and you feel the sense of being really there - of the sudden excitement of a Tawny Owl at midnight, the joy of a cuckoo at 4am. And as we wait and we listen we take the opportunity to have a series of interesting conversations about wildlife and literature, music, evolution and conservation.



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