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RSPB Cymru release birdsong music to highlight bird decline

The RPSB has released promotional images to support the release. Credit: RSPB Cymru

The RSPB is releasing a track of pure birdsong to raise awareness of the loss of over 40 million birds from the UK in just 50 years.

"Let Nature Sing" features the song of threatened and endangered birds to get more people talking about the natural sounds the we could lose.

The RSPB says new research shows only 14% of people in Wales believe nature is in crisis.

Over 40 million birds have vanished from UK skies in just 50 years.

56% of species in the UK are in decline, and one in ten of our wildlife are critically endangered.

14%
of people in Wales believe nature is in crisis.

The RSPB is today releasing a track of pure birdsong into the charts for the first time in UK music history.

The charity says "Let Nature Sing" is an arrangement of some of the UK's most loved and most threatened birdsongs.

The sleeve artwork for Credit: RSPB Cymru

Guto Bebb MP for Aberconwy backed the campaign describing the single as "amazing".

Director of Conservation at RSPB said "nature is falling silent".

The signs are all around us that something is not right, that nature is falling silent and you only need to stop and listen to find the beautiful bird song that should be the background music to our life is absent.

But no one is talking about the crisis facing wildlife and nature in the UK. We all need to start talking about this, and the Let Nature Sing track is a good starting point as it perfectly highlights the music we risk losing. Wildlife and our natural world can recover, it can be saved for future generations, but we need more people to talk about the issue and how much something as simple and wonderful as bird song means to each of us.

Because if we do not start talking about the threats facing nature the inspiration behind so much of our music, poetry and literature may go silent.

– Martin Harper, RSPB Director of Conservation

Sam Lee, who helped edit the single, said the loss of birdsong should concern everyone.

Birdsong has been one of the biggest influences of our song, poetry and literature.

We should see birdsong as a barometer for the health of this planet, and hence of ourselves.

– Sam Lee