The RSPB is releasing a specially-created track of birdsong to highlight the fact that there are 40 million fewer birds in the UK now than half a century ago.
The single is part of the RSPB’s ’ Let Nature Sing’ project and the charity is calling on the public to download and stream the song from April, ahead of Dawn Chorus Day in May.
The compilation contains some of the most recognisable birdsongs, but are in danger of losing, including the Cuckoo, Curlew, Nightingale, Crane and Turtle Dove who form part of the dawn chorus choir.
The track is designed to help reconnect the nation with nature, as birdsong has been proven to aid mental health and promote feelings of wellbeing.
Directed by Sam Lee, award-winning singer and musician, and produced by Bill Barclay, musical Director at the Globe Theatre; the single uses entirely new sound recordings by a RSPB birdsong expert, recorded on nature reserves and other places around the UK.
Martin Harper, RSPB Director of Conservation said: “Nature is falling silent; over the last 50 years we’ve lost a quarter of the birds that used to sing and soar in our skies. We’re losing our connection with nature and so we’re using music to put it back on the agenda by releasing a track of pure uninterrupted birdsong.
“Children today are growing up with much less birdsong in the soundtrack to their lives. We’re asking people to show their support and concern for nature by downloading the single and enjoying the benefits that birdsong brings into our lives, but also helping to get nature noticed.”
Sam Lee, who helped edit the single, said: “Birdsong has been one of the biggest influences of English song, poetry and literature. The loss of it should concern us all, because it is a signal that all is not well in the world. We should see birdsong as a barometer for the health of this planet, and hence of ourselves.”
The single will be available to pre-order on all major platforms from 5th April and on general release 26th April. For more information go to www.rspb.org.uk/letnaturesing
Main image: Common cuckoo, adult male – David Tipling (RSPB)