Did you download the RSPB’s bird song recordings this spring? Less Rockin’ Robin, and more The Lark Ascending, ‘Let Nature Sing’ nevertheless made it to a highly respectable number 18 in the download charts!
The tracks were so successful that the RSPB have now created a radio app of birdsong to help people relax or to help improve productivity – part and parcel of the ‘slow movement’ that sees chunks of broadcasters’ schedules given over to the dawn chorus on a Sunday morning, for example…
The more serious message behind the RSPB’s releases, of course, is about the numbers of British bird species – a whopping 56% of them are in decline or under serious threat – and the birdsong track, and accompanying bird identifier on the RSPB website, are an innovative way of drawing attention to this alarming situation.
Why do birds sing, anyway?
To attract a mate or to stake a claim to territory songbirds, such as robins, thrushes, blue tits and blackbirds, learn, practise and perfect their song, producing wide variations between individuals. For other birds – think crows, pigeons, ducks and seagulls – they just make a noise that they seem to hatch out knowing and make no effort to improve!
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