BIRDS and their song are creating quite a flutter in a popular Keighley park.

Award-winning Cliffe Castle Park was the venue for a bird walk, during which 24 different species were spotted.

The event was organised by Cliffe Castle Support Group and led by John Preshaw.

"It was so cheering to hear the birds calling and singing and the sun even came out – we are so lucky to be able to enjoy such a beautiful place," said a spokesperson.

And the support group is joining with sound art project Sense of Place to stage an event, the first of its kind at the park, where people will be able to listen to the dawn chorus.

The initiative takes place on Sunday, May 5 – International Dawn Chorus Day.

David Carpenter, from Sense of Place, will record the birdsong and it will be broadcast as part of a Reveille live stream.

The spokesperson adds: "David is an experienced sound artist who has been encouraging us to listen to and record everyday sounds in the park for a while. He is organising the technical recording and broadcasting of the event.

"Last year he recorded the dawn chorus from Chellow Dean, Allerton, and the previous year from Bingley. This year he will be putting Cliffe Castle Keighley on the global dawn chorus map!

"Everyone is welcome to come along. We will be meeting in the car park at 4.30am and making our way to the picnic area to settle down, look across the valley, watch the sun rise and listen to the birds' dawn chorus.

"It is about connecting with nature, therefore we hope people who want to be part of the experience will make their own creative response to the event – whether that's knitting, doodling, writing poetry, tai chi or whatever helps to connect.

"There is a wet weather plan too, so that people can continue to participate and the broadcast will be maintained.

"With it being early morning, warm clothes, picnic chairs and blankets will be needed as we sit and wait for the sun to rise – and maybe stop to chat afterwards about the experience."

For further information about Cliffe Castle Support Group and its activities, visit

International Dawn Chorus Day, held annually on the first Sunday in May, began as a small event in Birmingham in the 1980s and is now celebrated in 80-plus countries.