A beatboxer has vocally recreated the nation’s best-known songbirds to celebrate the sounds of Spring and encourage people in Yorkshire to get outdoors.
In a poll of over 2,000 people, of those living in Yorkshire, the National Trust found that 70% liked birdsong best as their favourite spring sound.
Now an album of ‘tweet music’, commissioned by the Trust, has been created by beatboxer and ‘vocal sculptor’ Jason Singh.
Jason visited National Trust places for inspiration before creating the album, which features birds and wildlife including blackbirds, robins, woodpeckers, crows, skylarks, owls, warblers, buzzards, frogs and crickets.
Jason said: “I love the magic of spring, when the silence of winter comes to an end, you can feel a real sense of change as the parkland erupts with noise, bursts of colour and new life. This is what makes spring so special for me and it’s this that I really wanted to capture in this project.
“It was important to me that the bird calls and environments I recreated were as life like and authentic as possible, so it was great to work with the National Trust’s nature experts to better understand the flora and fauna of Spring.”
According to the research, 39% of people in Yorkshire considered Spring their favourite season with 70% stating that they felt more optimistic during the season.
Surrey University environmental psychology PhD student Eleanor Ratcliffe, who is working with the Trust on the psychological impact of birdsong, added: “It makes sense that people should find birdsong calming. Songbirds tend to sing when it is safe, and it makes evolutionary sense that we should feel calmer in a safe natural environment.”
You can hear the ‘tweet music’ at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/yorkshire .
Yorkshire folks’ top 10 sounds of Spring, according to the National Trust survey:
1) birds singing
2) early morning dawn chorus of birds
3) tinkling stream
4) babbling brook
5) April showers
6) lambs bleating
7) wind rustling through the trees
8) lawnmowers cutting grass for the first time in the year
9) chicks chirping
10) bees buzzing