EARLY birds are being invited to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Darlington’s Dawn Chorus walks on Saturday, May 4.

Darlington Council’s countryside team are organising the five-mile walk which will leave from the Broken Scar picnic area at 5.15am and end at Piercebridge, followed by a celebratory breakfast at Walworth Castle at around 8.30am.

The walk will enable participants to listen to the dawn chorus and find out more about birds and wildlife in the area.

The event also marks International Dawn Chorus Day.

Nick Wallis, Darlington Council’s cabinet member for local environment, said: “It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy one of nature’s finest spectacles, with many of Britain's favourite birds in full voice, along with many new arrivals like willow warblers and chiffchaff, which are migrants who have flown all the way from West Africa to enjoy the recently returned warmer weather.”

Places on the walk must be booked in advance by calling Philip Roxby on 01325-388377 or emailing philip.roxby@darlington.gov.uk.

The walk is free and breakfast at Walworth Castle costs £10 for adults and £5 for under 12s.

Transport from Piercebridge back to Broken Scar will be provided after the walk to enable people to drive to the breakfast venue.

Dogs are not allowed at the event.