Around a dozen people dropped into Merritts Meadow early on Sunday morning.

They were there to observe National Dawn Chorus Day. PeCAN’s Melanie Oxley and Matt Warner were there, along with local bird recorder Robin Hart.

Shine Radio microphones picked-up the developing sound of the chorus from 4.30am with Shine Radio’s Stephen Martin.


Arriving by torchlight
Arriving by torchlight
Camping chairs, coats and hats are popular
Robin Hart explains birds to those assembled

Where is Merritts Meadow?

The nature reserve is between the town centre and Tilmore. You can access it from North Road, Sandringham Road, Tilmore Gardens or Stafford Road. There is also daytime access under the old railway bridge by the Merritts Meadow residential properties.

Merritt’s Meadow map


Hampshire Ornithological Society is at

The app referred to in the report is – it’s available for Android and iOS phones.