MERMAID QUAY TO JOIN THE RSPB IN BRINGING BIRDSONG TO OVER FIVE MILLION PEOPLE

On Thursday 17 October Mermaid Quay will be supporting RSPB Cymru in bringing birdsong to people in Wales.

Working with the UK’s largest conservation charity, Aquabus, BUPA Dental Care, Cadwaladers, Carluccio’s, Fabulous Welsh Cakes & Zia Boutique at Mermaid Quay will be playing their part in ensuring birdsong does not fall silent in Wales by playing an RSPB Cymru birdsong soundtrack for a minimum of 15 minutes from 12 midday on 17 October. The Mermaid Quay management office telephone lines will also feature birdsong as its on hold music.

Throughout the day birdsong will be heard in hundreds of locations across the country, including the National Assembly for Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Transport for Wales Stations, National Museums of Wales, Dŵr Cymru and National Parks.

In May the RSPB secured a surprise UK top 20 music chart hit when it released a track of pure birdsong and also released a birdsong radio app, that has been downloaded by over 22,000 people, all to raise awareness of the number of birds vanishing from our skies. Following the popularity of the track the charity is hoping to once again bring birdsong back into everyone’s life as a reminder of what we all stand to lose if the crisis facing nature is not addressed.

Let Nature Sing got the public talking and highlighted the shocking news that the UK has lost over 40 million birds in just half a century, and with the publication of the State of Nature report it is clear that there is no let-up in the decline of Welsh wildlife.

Mermaid Quay’s Aquabus, BUPA Dental Care, Cadwaladers, Carluccio’s, Fabulous Welsh Cakes & Zia Boutique are among the many businesses that will be playing its part as RSPB Cymru and its supporters play birdsong across Wales to highlight the declines in our wildlife, as the public call on the Welsh Government to address climate change and the environment as its legacy for future generations.

Tamsin Davies, RSPB Cymru says “In Wales we are lucky to be surrounded by so much amazing wildlife, and this is something we are rightly proud of as we celebrate the landscapes, plants and animals we share our country with. But, sadly all is not well and simple pleasures such as the soothing music of our birds seem to be growing quieter. So earlier this year we had a simple idea of bringing birdsong back into people’s life to highlight the threat to our natural world. Releasing the single and birdsong radio began a national conversation as across Wales everyone started talking about what birdsong means to them, and what it would mean if nature were to fall silent. We are pleased to be working with Mermaid Quay to send a strong message that we all care about our natural world and are concerned that if nothing is done we might lose these amazing singers.” 

During the RSPB Cymru’s Let Nature Sing Takeover, birdsong will be played across Wales in offices and public places. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Let Nature Sing Takeover, hosting their own event or how to listen to birdsong radio should visit www.rspb.org.uk/letnaturesing