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Dawn Chorus: A Sound Portrait of a British Woodland at Sunrise (British Library - British Library Sound Archive) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Mar 2004

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  • Audio CD: 16 pages
  • Publisher: British Library Publishing Division; Com/Bklt edition (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712305203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712305204
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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The one slightly cheating thing about this CD is the title, which really would have been better in the plural because it rather gives the impression that you'd be listening to a single dawn chorus right from the beginning. If you want a semblance of that experience, look out the wonderful Dawn Chorus CD by Geoff Sample (but see my update below, however!). Anyway, although you don't get that in this CD, you do get five immensely beautiful, clear and lifelike dawn chorus recordings - a total of 73 minutes.

The recordings are all in southern England, and, for those who have not experienced British late spring or early summer dawn choruses, these would be quite something - that is, even more 'quite something' than they are to a dyed-in-the-wool Southern Brit like Yours Truly! The birdsong in these choruses has a sweet, musical and varied quality that is quite unlike, say, tropical birdsong, at least what I've heard of it in recordings.

I can think of no better way to bring the joy of spring into your living space.

Update, August 2015...
Actually, I became dissatisfied with this and also Geoff Sample's wonderful dawn chorus CD. -- Why?

Because they both actually present a series of shorter recordings - in this case as different tracks, and in Sample's case joined together to give a cheating impression (not very convincing for me) of an actual dawn chorus sequence.

This was among the many inadequacies I found in then currently available natural soundscape commercial CDs, which motivated me in 2012 to purchase a suitably professional-quality sound recorder and to record natural soundscapes myself, the fully authentic way that I, as a lifelong naturalist and very long-time hiker in wild places, really wanted.
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I bought this for a couple of reasons - one was to provide some relaxing, natural background sounds whilst sitting at the dining table doing painting or creative play on miserable winter days with my two-year-old (instead of having the dreaded telly on, or loud distracting music all the time - very welcome relief!). The other reason was just because, of course, birdsong is beautiful and relaxing to listen to, and mummy simply liked the thought of having the ability to listen to it at any time of day, rather than just at dawn!

There are a lot of recordings out there of individual bird's songs (to identify indivdual calls), but I just wanted the 'nature' sound of the dawn chorus for the reasons stated above, and this one was well worth the money. This is a lovely, clear recording. You really can picture yourself there in the woods at daybreak, mist lying low on the ground, the freshness in the air... and it was obviously recorded in a very tranquil spot, so no other noises to be heard (traffic etc.) - just the birds. Truly lovely. The running time is very good - it's nice, long tracks of continuous birdsong - not short bursts like some other CDs, so played on a loop, it's a lovely background track to a relaxing afternoon (or evening, or any time!)... If I didn't have a two-year-old, I expect I would lounge on the sofa with a good book, dog at my feet, a cup of tea on the side and a whole packet of hobnobs whilst listening to this instead... either way, a fantastic way to relax!
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this cd really does make you feel like you are in the country if you close your eyes... which I wouldn't recommend doing if you are driving. I bought this for my mum last Mothers' Day as she had been talking about how she loves the sound of birds twittering, my sister in law had a similar recording playing at her recent garden party. She loves it and plays it every day in her car on her way to and from work and she says it is very relaxing. She must be right because she always used to have slight road rage at other drivers being 'right up her arse' on the b roads to work and back and when I've seen her (or heard her car full of birdsong from a mile away - she has tinnitus so plays it much too loudly)she always seems calm and serene. Oh, mentioning the tinnitus, she tells me that it is wonderful to distract from the constant ringing.
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So rarely get to hear the full monty these days what with traffic and aircraft noise...except when there's volcanic ash around! Guaranteed to lift your spirits!
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I have owned this CD for many years now and absolutely adore it.

I was born and raised in the British countryside and have very fond memories of fresh Spring mornings and long summery evenings listening to the chorus of birdsong in my local woodlands.

I don't live in the UK anymore, and this CD induces such powerful feelings of nostalgia, that it transports me home instantly, back to my beloved British woodlands.

It's a totally enchanting compilation of the most beautiful birdsong you are likely to hear -- the quality of the recordings are clean and pure and do not contain any distracting man made background noise.

It's one of my all-time favourite compilations to listen to whether I am alone in the car, working away on my computer, or simply enjoying some peace and quiet at home.

If you love British birdsong as much as I do, then you can't be without this CD... It's quite literally, worth it's weight in gold.
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