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Birdsong single set to soar into charts

March 2019

Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos. Credit: Craig Churchill, RSPB images
Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos. Credit: Craig Churchill, RSPB images.

  • A track of pure birdsong is being released for the first time ever as part of the RSPB’s 'Let Nature Sing' project to get birdsong back into everyday life
  • The charity is calling on the public to download and stream the song, both to highlight the fact that there are 40 million fewer birds in the UK now than half a century ago, and to experience its healing qualities
  • The single will be released for International Dawn Chorus Day in May

To highlight the crisis that that nature is facing and the loss of over 40 million wild birds from the UK in just half a century, The RSPB is releasing a specially-created track of birdsong titled ‘Let Nature Sing’. The single contains some of the most recognisable birdsongs that we used to enjoy, but that are on their way to disappearing forever. A compilation of beautiful sound recordings of birds with powerful conservation stories including the Cuckoo, Curlew, Nightingale, Crane and Turtle Dove who form part of the dawn chorus choir.

The charity is calling on the public to download, stream and share the single and help get birdsong into the charts for the first time, spreading the word that people across the UK are passionate about nature’s recovery. 

The track is designed to help reconnect the nation with nature, helping people find a moment to relax and promote a feeling of tranquillity, 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.

The single will be available to pre-order on all major platforms from 5th April and on general release 26th April reaching a crescendo for International Dawn Chorus Day on 5 May. More information can be found and the track can be downloaded at rspb.org.uk/letnaturesing.

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.”

Although the track is not designed to raise funds, and the download price is the minimum permitted under chart rules; any proceeds raised will go to help the charity’s 200 nature reserves around the UK, where a home for the birds featured on the single is created and protected for future generations to enjoy.

 

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