On 4 April I joined a bird survey on Hatherleigh Moor. Across an area of damp moorland and wooded edges not unlike our part of Dartmoor we saw 31 species including my first sightings of the year of swallows and willow warblers. At one point amid the reeds and wetland grasses we were surrounded by skylarks and tree pipits, all parachuting back to earth in their distinctive ways while a nearby willow tree held reed bunting and stonechat. Dramatic indeed but with a bit of luck no more than we might see on the annual Dawn Chorus walk which this year is a week later than usual on Saturday 13 May.
So set your alarm in time to get to Belstone Village Hall for a 5.30am start. Wear your walking boots for the rough bits and bring your binoculars, but please leave your four-legged friends at home. We should be back at the Hall for cereals, toast, bacon rolls, cheese scones and hot drinks by 8am. Suggested donations of £2.50 for the walk or £6 for the walk and breakfast will be gratefully received for Hall funds.