I said a couple of days ago that I hadn’t heard the dawn chorus this year. I put it down to the loss of perches and feeding stations for the birds in the neighbourhood.

However, this morning, as I lay awake between 2.00am and 2.30am, I heard an owl. It was obviously close by but I don’t know where. The night was otherwise silent so it sounded really clear and really close.

It’s such a haunting, spooky sound.