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News Release - Issued by National Trust

Music to tweet to

- Study finds birds singing is Yorkshire’s favourite spring sound -

A leading UK beatboxer has vocally recreated the nation’s best-known songbirds to celebrate the sounds of spring and encourage people in Yorkshire to get outdoors and experience nature first hand.

The album of tweet music was commissioned by the National Trust after academic research found that listening to birdsong, one of the Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾, not only makes people calmer[i] but boosts positivity[ii].

In a poll of over 2,000 people, of those living Yorkshire, the National Trust found that 70% declared that birdsong was there favourite sound of spring. Despite this, 39 per cent of people admitted the noise of cars or planes often drowns out the sounds of nature.

Beatboxer and vocal sculptor Jason Singh 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.

Singh explained, “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.”

Listeners are set to find the new National Trust soundtrack a soothing experience after a recent psychological study[iii] found natural sounds have restorative qualities. The study found the call sounds of songbirds and other sounds of nature help people recover much quicker from stressful scenarios compared with the noise of urban living.

University of Surrey Environmental Psychology PhD student Eleanor Ratcliffe, who is working on an ongoing investigation with the National Trust into the psychological impact of birdsong in people’s lives 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.”

According to the research 39 per cent of people in Yorkshire consider spring their favourite season with 70 per cent stating that they feel more optimistic during this time of year.

Yorkshire top ten spring sounds

  1. Birds singing (70 per cent)
  2. An early morning ‘dawn chorus’ of birds (62 per cent)
  3. Tinkling stream (49 per cent)
  4. A babbling brook (40 per cent)
  5. April showers (37 per cent)
  6. Lambs baa’ing (40 per cent)
  7. Wind rustling the trees (33 per cent)
  8. Lawnmowers cutting grass for the first time this year (32 per cent)
  9. Baby chicks chirping (32 per cent)
  10. Bees buzzing (30 per cent)

Matthew Oates, National Trust wildlife and nature expert added, “With 45.7 million[iv]of us now living in cities, we wanted to produce a unique piece of music that would bring the wonderful sounds of spring to everyone – no matter where they are! By developing this in a quirky, creative way, we hope our album of tweet music inspires families and kids to have fun in the outdoors this spring and enjoy all the benefits that the sounds of nature can bring.”

You can experience Tweet Music, discover the latest signs of spring in Yorkshire and find out about dawn chorus events where you can hear the sounds of spring first hand at and online at or on Twitter at @NTYorkshire #tweetmusic.


For more information, broadcast opportunities, interviews or images please contact:

Helen Clarke, PR & Communications Consultant 07901 504877

Sadie Parker, PR & Communications Consultant 07901 500565

National Trust press office at Mischief on 020 3128 6600 or


About National Trust:

The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 742 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to:

Spokespeople available for comment:

Matthew Oates, Wildlife and nature expert, National Trust

Jason Singh, Beatboxer/Vocal Sculptor (

Ellie Ratcliffe, Environmental Psychology PHD student, University of Surrey

Mick Wilkes, General Manager, Gibside, National Trust

Joanna Royle, Head of Marketing and Supporter Development, National Trust, Yorkshire & the North East

About 50Things:

The National Trust launched 50Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ - a bucket-list for children of outdoor activities - which aims to encourage more families and children out into the outdoors, engaging with nature. Activities on the list include No.44 Go bird watching at Kingston Lacy, West Dorset and 34. Track wild animals at Castle Drogo, Devon.

For further background on this campaign, please visit the 50 Things website or tweet us @nationaltrust #50things

National Trust Magazine

Take a look at the latest issue of the National Trust Magazine for a Sounds of Spring Discovery Map, visit for more details

About Fly

National Trust used the independent online research company FlyResearch who surveyed 2000 adults, between 7 and 10 February 2014. Fly is an online market research company. Its researchers are members of the MRS, PRCA, BPC and Esomar, and abide by their guidelines. Further information is available at




[iv]Source Office of National Statistics: 2011 Census