The RSPB is hoping to get its new single into the charts: an arrangement of British birdsong. Called Let Nature Sing, the sound of some of the UK's most iconic – and endangered – avian species is designed to raise awareness of the 40 million (yes, million) birds lost from UK skies in the last 50 years.
"Birdsong has been one of the biggest influences of our song, poetry and literature," says Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee, who helped edit the single. "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."
In fact, stats released by RSPB to coincide with the single launch found that 82 per cent of people say birdsong makes them feel positive – so it actually is good for our health – and 54 per cent would put it top of their list for sounds to wake up to.
However, the survey also revealed that just 15 per cent of Brits realise our nature is struggling and a significant 27 per cent think it's actually doing well. There's hope though: on hearing the news that our wildlife is having a hard time 84 per cent said they felt UK governments should be doing more and 40 per cent of young people said they want to do something to save nature themselves.
"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," says Martin Harper, Director of Conservation at RSPB.
"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."
You can download Let Nature Sing from today or buy it as a CD single – and there's some amazing pop-inspired artwork to accompany it (see feathered George Ezra and David Bowie above). Here's the video.