Congratulations to Richard Smyth on the publication of his acclaimed new book A Sweet, Wild Note: What We Hear When the Birds Sing.
In a thousand different ways, birdsong has inspired us. In this rich and insightful account, Smyth asks what it is about birdsong that we so love, exploring the myriad ways in which it has influenced literature, music and science, our feelings about the natural world, and our very ideas of what it means to be British. At a time when our birdsong is growing quieter, with fewer voices, more thinly spread, A Sweet, Wild Note is a celebration of the complex relationships between birds, people and the land; it is also a passionate call to arms lest our trees and hedgerows fall silent.
Following appearances on BBC Radio Georgey Tonight, BBC Radio Leeds: Richard Stead Show, and BBC Radio London this week, do keep an ear out for Richard in the media over the coming weeks… and step out into your garden, local parks and woodland and rediscover that sweet, wild note.