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Redshank at Caldicot by @hugh.gregory.photography on Instagram
Redshank at Caldicot by @hugh.gregory.photography on Instagram

Listen to the Dawn Chorus in Monmouthshire

The 1st May is International Dawn Chorus Day, and the perfect time to get out and listen to the sounds of nature. Song Thrush, Robins and Blackbirds abound here, so we've put together a list of some of the best places in Monmouthshire to be seranaded by birdsong. But even if you can't get out and about whilst here, for most of the county listening to the birdsong is as easy as simply opening your window.

Magor Marsh and the Gwent Levels

Magor Marsh is the last relatively natural area of fenland on the Gwent Levels. From the fleeting glimpse of a kingfisher, to the sight of colourful dragonflies darting over the reens, this is an inspiring place to visit. 

Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

The tree lined Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is a haven for wildlife, with kingfishers, swans, herons, mallards and more. Listen carefully as you travel along the canal by barge, bicycle or just your own two feet.

St. Mary's Vale, Abergavenny

Tucked beneath the Sugarloaf, St. Mary's Vale can feel like a world unto itself with dense trees creating an otherworldly sensation. It is also a haven for birds and so the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy their chorus.

Tintern and the Wye Valley

Tintern is a village surrounded by woodland and nature. The steep sided slopes of the Wye Valley are full of trees, and offer great chances to hear birdsong. Here's two circular walks which take you into the woods on either side of the river.

Tintern to Penterry pathcare walk (5.3 miles)

Welsh Dragon