Tune into the sounds of nature

Robin singing in the garden at Greenway, Devon

Whether you live in the city or the countryside, you can experience nature's orchestra from dawn until dusk.

We're challenging you to wake up with the birds, play a game of 'Springo' and read a noisy poem, plus much more.

If you sit for a moment by an open window or in your back garden you'll notice that you've got lots of noisy neighbours. We’re talking about cooing pigeons, crying seagulls, buzzing insects and fluttering robins. Perhaps you can hear the wind in the trees, the patter of rain or the rustling of something you can't see moving in the bushes. 

This is the sixth weekend challenge for members and supporters. This challenge has been designed so that it can be done in your house or garden, so please take part from the comfort of your own home.

Have a game of 'Springo'

Download the 'Springo' scorecard 

We’ve put together a sounds of spring bingo – ‘Springo’ – for you to play. You can play 'Springo' on your own or with a friend or relative via video call, if you both sit near an open window. We've created a downloadable scorecard so you can tick off all the sounds of spring that you hear. You could print it out or save it on your mobile.

Silhouette of a musician against the sunrise

Join the dawn chorus 

There’s something special about watching the beginning of a new day, watching the sky fill with colour and listening to the sounds of nature waking up. Watching the sunrise is also one of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. So what are you waiting for? Set your alarm.

Live music to watch the sunrise Join the DAWNS experience on 16 May
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Hear the calls of nature

Nature's orchestra is in full swing. In this video we capture the work or our favourite musicians, from a harmonious seal pup to a woodpecker on percussion.

Play a grass whistle

Make some noise 

Whether you mimic the bird outside your window or make an instrument out of natural materials you find, there are lots of ways to become part of nature’s soundtrack. How about making a grass trumpet? You could make a wind chime of sticks, old watering cans or even the shells you collected on the beach last summer. Or you could have a go creating music with your feet.

Lose yourself in the sounds of spring 

Tune into the sounds of spring from the comfort of your own home. Listen to our podcast and learn more about the birds that bring music to our ears every morning and discover how changing your ringtone could help you identify the trill of a willow warbler. Or simply sit back, close your eyes and listen to our immersive recordings of birdsong, buzzing bees and the wind blowing through the treetops. 

Codger's Fort on the estate at Wallington, Northumberland

National Trust Podcast episode 77: DAWNS and the dawn chorus

In this podcast episode we go behind the scenes of DAWNS to discover how one of the Trust’s most ambitious musical mass participation events came to fruition. We also meet Andy Beer, author of Every Day Nature, who shares his top tips on how to grow a deeper understanding and appreciation of the dawn chorus.

Chaffinch at Castle Ward, Northern Ireland

Teach yourself how to recognise different birdsong

Listen to the dawn chorus wherever you are with this immersive recording of birdsong. You'll be able to hear robins, jenny wrens, song thrushes and more.

Wind down with a stroll through the meadow at Charlecote Park

Hear the wind rustling

Listen to the wind rustling in the trees

Bee on a blue cornflower

Buzzing bees

Listen to bees

Read a noisy poem

Inspired by what you've read? Write a nature diary
I am the Seed that Grew the Tree published by Nosy Crow

Discover nature poetry  

The above poems were taken from the book I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree, a nature poem for every day of the year selected by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. The book, published by Nosy Crow, has won several prizes, including the Big Book Awards in 2019.

Family-friendly activities

Find lots of inspiration for activities to do as a family. You won't be short of things to do at home or in the garden.