A Over the next six weeks the National Nightingale Festival will see events held in 22 locations, giving people the chance to hear the evocative call of the elusive nightingale
Unfortunately it is becoming harder and harder to hear the famous song of the nightingale as fewer birds are returning to the UK every year.
With just 5,500 singing males left in the UK, there are serious concerns the birds’ song could be silenced and lost from England. Especially with the last bastion of the nightingale under threat from plans to build houses in Kent.
With fewer and fewer nightingales returning to Britain each year, the chances of hearing its famous song are now so slim that the RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, Knepp Estate and Sam Lee's Singing with Nightingales have brought together a fantastic series of events to help everyone experience this natural wonder.
Events include guided walks to discover where nightingales are singing, including special access to locations usually not open to the public. There are also musical nights that are inspired by and feature the distinctive song of the nightingale.
The RSPB’s Adrian Thomas, who helped organise the Nightingale Festival, said:
“The nightingale is an amazing bird, difficult to spot but has a song that is impossible to forget. It is a song that has inspired poetry throughout the ages, and provided the soundtrack to many summer sunsets.
But this wonderful song might one day be lost from our countryside, so we have created the Nightingale Festival as a way of not just celebrating their song but showing everyone just what we might lose if nightingales disappear from the UK.
“The events are a wonderful way to spend an evening, and discover the fantastic species we share our country with.”
For links to all the events taking part, visit: www.rspb.org.uk/nightingalefestival
The festival coincides with the Medway Council's consultation into its latest draft Local Plan, which once again threatens the nation's best site for nightingales at Lodge Hill with development. Over 12,000 people spoke out against these plans last year, but the local authority continues to threaten the site, so once again everyone is being asked to join the #SaveLodgeHill campaign, to find out how you can get involved visit: www.rspb.org.uk/savelodgehill.