You may have heard birdsong coming from some unusual places today, as the RSPB brought the music of birds to over five million people across the UK. Soothing birdsong was played in over 5,000 unexpected locations including Westfield Shopping Centre, National Assembly for Wales, Murrayfield Stadiums, Co-op stores and London Underground stations.
Following a surprise top 20 chart hit, a music track of pure birdsong, the RSPB has once again brought birdsong back into everyone’s life as a reminder of what we stand to lose if the climate crisis is not addressed. This chorus was joined by community organised events, where friends and family joined together to enjoy relaxing bird sounds.
The event, shared under #LetNatureSing, comes in response to new research revealing that UK adults, aged 18-44, felt addressing climate change and the environment was the number one issue for today’s politicians to address. More and more people are waking up to the crisis facing the environment, with 59 percent believing that the UK’s nature is not doing well.
Rebecca Munro, the RSPB’s director of communications, said: “Earlier this year Let Nature Sing got the public talking about what birdsong means to them and the shocking fact that the UK has lost over 40 million birds in just half a century. We all need birdsong in our daily life, but our natural world is in crisis, our wildlife is falling silent. The 2019 State of Nature report has revealed that a quarter of our mammals and half of the UK’s bird species are threatened with extinction.
“When looking at the evidence, it is no surprise to see that more people recognise that something is not right with our natural world, and the public feel strongly that addressing climate change and the environment should be a top issue for today’s politicians.”
For more information on the Let Nature Sing sound takeover, or to listen to their free birdsong radio, visit the RSPB website.
Words by Riana Dixon