We are lucky enough to have a field behind our house and every day during spring and summer the birds flit through the hedges and fly high in the sky singing their song.
Often we hear the birdsong and are annoyed by it waking us up, but having spent a week outside in the pod at Loveland Farm, it really hit home how loud this was but actually how soothing for the soul it is.
As I woke up an hour before everyone else, I would pop outside, make myself a warm drink and watch the sun come over the hill. I would watch the chickens slowly waking up too, stretching their wings and foraging for their breakfast of bugs and worms.
At home, on a clear day, I can hear the skylarks singing their song even though they a few hundred yards up in the air, the sound carries through the still air and it is so therapeutic. I often stand and listen to them when putting the washing out or sit with the door open at the kitchen table just to hear them sing.
So, early next month and until June, on those crisp mornings where the sun is shining and the sky is blue, I am going to wrap up warm, take my cup of coffee outside, sit on a chair and listen to the sounds of the birds as they try to find mates and search for food.
Soaking up this wonderful sound of nature soothes the soul whilst getting some fresh air first thing in the morning.
The RSPB website has this to say:
"If you want to listen to a dawn chorus, then the best days to choose are those with fine, clear weather and little wind. It can be cold early in the day, so remember to take warm clothes. Late April through to early June is the best period, when most species are singing well.