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Welcome to SongBirdSignBird, where you have the opportunity to enhance your experience of wild birds through the lenses of science and literature.

We encounter birds everywhere, whether in an urban, rural or wilderness environment. Their seasonal movements and music are a haunting murmur in the background of our everyday lives; their erupting presence, their indifference to our lives as they pursue the imperatives of their own, paradoxically reminds us that we are not alone. We may often feel cut off from the natural environment; but the success of birds, in following us into our cities and gardens, provides an insistent chorus, whether by the chirping of sparrows, the static of starlings or a robin’s plaint, emphasises that we, like them, are part of a larger ecology.

For millennia, we have been fascinated by birds. Their ability to fly has excited our envy; the beauty of their plumage resonates in our art; and the music of their song has inspired musicians and poets down the ages. More recently, science and technology have provided breathtaking insight into the capacity and complexity of their lives that can only increase our admiration of and connection to them.

A first step to increasing our enjoyment of wild birds is to get to know them. This can enhance the pleasure of a stroll through the park or a walk in the countryside. Just as we do, birds recognise each other by sight and sound. Being able to name a bird by its voice or song can lend a particular satisfaction to species identification. You hear the song, and make a mental note, ah, there’s a song thrush. The song becomes the casual greeting of an old friend.

Whether your interest in birds is incidental or intense, SongBirdSignBird can provide an individual  experience of wild birds that is a little bit different. As I writer with a science background, I can provide expertise in bird behaviour and ecology, and also in the special inspiration that birds provide to poets and writers.  I also offer Dawn and Dusk Chorus walks and events.

Please explore the website, and if you would like  an enjoyable and interesting experience for your group or organisation, feel free to get in touch through the Contact page.

I look forward to hearing from you.