A NATURE reserve in Loch Lomond is inviting people to experience a festival of bird song this weekend.

This weekend the International Dawn Chorus Day is set to take place and RSPB Scotland is inviting local residents in Dumbarton and the Vale to wrap their ears around "nature's finest musical experience".

The nature reserve in Loch Lomond will also be offering a wide range of engaging events and guided walks designed to help people experience the magic of the dawn chorus first-hand.

It will start at 5am on Sunday, May 7 where birds will take advantage of the still, quiet air to trumpet, squeak and caw to attract a mate and warn off rivals from their patch. They are expected to continue singing until around 7am with the event finishing at 7.30am.

While it’s still dark, the first sounds can be heard from the robins and blackbirds, even in city centres. As it gets progressively lighter more and more birds will join in and by dawn, the springtime chorus will be in full swing.

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter: Little bird perched on public signLittle bird perched on public sign (Image: RSPB)

Jon Carter, the RSPB’s Dawn Chorus manager, said: “Whether you’re a seasoned dawn chorus festival-goer or a newcomer keen to experience nature’s celebratory symphony, this is the perfect opportunity to connect with nature on your doorstep. You don’t even need to leave your home, simply fling open your windows and doors and enjoy nature’s free concert.”

Jon added: “Our expert guides will bring nature’s concert to life. Whether you’re at the Wetland stage (headliners include Reed Warbler and Swallow), the Woodland stage (where you can catch sets by such big names as Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Nuthatch) or the Garden stage (give it up for the Song Thrush, Blackbird and perennial festival favourite, the one-and-only Robin!) you’re sure to have a thrilling and memorable experience.”

For more information visit the RSPB website here to see the full festival line-up and to find other events.