The sound of the dawn chorus in spring is surely one of the wonders of the natural world, but birds do not only sing in spring. So, how and why do birds sing, when do they sing, and how do you learn all those different vocalisations? In a repeat of their popular double-act on seabirds, Andy Clarke will give us a brief introduction to how and why birds sing, followed by a guide from Moss Taylor on how to recognise 14 of the commonest bird songs, illustrated with recordings and photographs. As a contribution to phenology (the study of seasonal changes in animals and plants, which is becoming increasingly important due to the current period of climate change), the recording of song periods is one of two new NENBC projects starting this winter, and this project will start in December.

Venue - Aylmerton Village Hall, NR11 8PX. Please park along Church Road or in the overflow car park at the church. Please ensure that local residents can still access their driveways and there is sufficient clearance for agricultural vehicles to use the road. A torch might also be helpful, as the village has no street lighting. To keep the club's carbon footprint small, please consider car sharing.