RSPB host panel event in run-up to release of birdsong single 'Let Nature Sing'
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The UK bird population has decreased by 40 million since 1966 and 165 species are critically endangered. With statistics like these in mind, the RSPB aims to restore and create habitat for wildlife, save species that are at risk and inspire people to care about nature. In their most recent project, #LetNatureSing, the RSPB strives to reconnect people with the once familiar sounds of birdsong through collaborating with various musicians.
Pictured left to right, singer Sam Lee, Chrisie Rhodes of The Shires and Adrian Thomas courtesy of the RSPB.A new single to be released on 2nd May is the first piece of music comprised purely of birdsong. The track contains the sounds of 25 birdcalls from endangered species including the swift, bittern, and nightingale. Adrian Thomas, a member of the RSPB team, was responsible for the recordings of each birdsong. He explains that because the UK has lost so many of each species, among noise pollution, it was quite the challenge to encapsulate the beautiful sounds of each bird. During the "first listen" event on Monday, Thomas explains how these birdcalls used to be inherent in our being in the past, and how we have largely lost our ability to recognise and read each birdcall: "Go back maybe 100 years and people would have recognised almost all of those. Those birds would’ve been so much more prevalent across our landscape. They would’ve signalled changes in the season, changes in the weather; people would've understood something from hearing it".
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