RSPB's 'Let Nature Sing' enters UK singles chart
Let Nature Sing, released by the RSPB, has charted at number 11 in the mid-week UK singles chart.
The two-and-a-half-minute track features birdsong from 22 species including Common Cuckoo, Common Nightingale, Eurasian Bittern and Northern Lapwing, and was released by the RSPB to raise awareness that the UK's birds, many of which are Red-listed, are in a perilous position.
Martin Harper, RSPB's Director of Conservation, said: "The response to Let Nature Sing sends a powerful message that yes, nature is amazing, but it is also in trouble. The good news is that it is not too late, we know what needs to be done and together we can take action to restore it for us and for future generations.
"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."
Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee, who helped edit the single, added "Birdsong has been one of the biggest influences of our song, poetry and literature. 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."