Dawn chorus walk on RSPB Otmoor site this Saturday

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EARLY risers can hear the Otmoor chorus performing its springtime medley in a free guided walk near Bicester this Saturday, May 5.

Walkers must register for the free trek through RSPB Otmoor’s unique wetland habitat, which runs from 5am to 7am.

Visitors can brush up on their knowledge of birdsong with help from an expert guide.

Participants are advised to bring warm clothing, waterproof footwear, and bags of enthusiasm.

Walkers may be able to see lapwings, redshanks and snipe displaying over the grasslands, and turtle doves and cuckoos moving along the hedgerows.

Foxes and birds of prey can also be seen.

Joe Harris, assistant Otmoor warden, said: “Spring on Otmoor is always an exciting time of year, not least because it’s the time when lapwing chicks can be seen running around the fields.

“The first of this season’s nests hatched at the end of last week and lots more will follow over the coming weeks. Lapwing chicks are nidifugous meaning that they leave the nest soon after hatching and are able to wander round finding their own food. If you’re lucky you may see these balls of fluff feeding out in the fields, favouring the muddy ditch and pool edges.”

Contact staff at RSPB Otmoor on 01865 351163 or otmoor.admin@rspb.org.uk.