Gordon joined the RSPB’s #LetNatureSing campaign in Parliament for an exclusive preview of a specially created track of pure birdsong, to raise awareness that there are 40 million fewer birds in the UK than there were 50 years ago.
‘Let Nature Sing’ is the first song of its kind to be released as a single into the UK charts and is now publicly available to download. The single contains some of the most recognisable birdsongs that we used to enjoy, but that are on their way to disappearing forever like the Cuckoo, Nightingale, and Turtle Dove. The single uses entirely new sound recordings from RSPB nature reserves around the UK – it can be downloaded at www.rspb.org.uk/letnaturesing.
Gordon said: “It’s really important to take a moment to reflect on how central nature is to all of our lives, and the huge benefit it has for our health and wellbeing. With 40 million fewer birds compared to 50 years ago we are getting closer and closer to a spring without birdsong.
“Marton Mere and Moss are just some of the places we have on our doorstep in Blackpool – it’s important we do all we can to protect these spaces, as well as creating smaller ones, to allow these birds to flourish. This has been an important part of my Cleaner Greener Blackpool initiative and why we need to leave a legacy for future generations that we can all be proud of and works hard to let nature sing.”
The RSPB is calling on the public to download, stream and share the single and help get birdsong into the charts, spreading the word that people across the UK are passionate about nature’s recovery. The track is designed to reconnect the nation with nature, helping people find a moment to relax and promote a feeling of tranquillity, as birdsong has been proven to aid mental health and promote feelings of wellbeing.
Martin Harper, the RSPB’s director for 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.”