Dragging people from their beds at 4 in the morning is something we believe in. But only once a year. We do a dawn chorus walk as part of the IW Walking Festival, usually in mid-May to allow give the later migrants time to arrive and tune-up. Painful the waking may be, but it’s always worth it. We run the event down in the East Yar Valley at Alverstone and it’s an exhilarating experience to hear the roll call from the first thrushes to the last warblers with, just the chance of a nightingale in between!