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A musical spectacular in Stafford - if you can sacrifice your Saturday lie-in

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

By Kerry Ashdown

Doxey Marshes

Doxey Marshes

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EARLY birds can catch one of nature’s greatest spectacles if they sacrifice a weekend lie-in next month.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is hosting a free dawn chorus walk at Doxey Marshes Nature Reserve on May 10 from 5.30am to 7.30am.

The marshes, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are regarded as one of the country’s best bird watching sites, with over 200 species recorded.

Scott Petrek, monitoring officer at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust said: “Don’t let the early start put you off, the magic of the dawn chorus is a fantastic experience, and this walk is a great chance to pick up tips and hints on how to identify different birdsong.

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“We’ll see resident birds and hopefully new spring arrivals like sedge warbler, grasshopper warbler and maybe even lesser whitethroat.”

Walkers should meet at Creswell car park at the end of Wooton Drive in Stafford. They should wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear and bring binoculars.

For more information call 01889 880100 or visit www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/dawnchrous.

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