Posted on: 18 May 2014
Ninety years to the day since the first outside broadcast of Nightingale song on the BBC, the RSPB has decided to do it again to celebrate the anniversary of the historical transmission.
The programme will also mark the plight of the threatened, long-distance migrant bird. Live from a site in north Kent, adjacent to threatened Lodge Hill – England’s most important site for the species – a team of technical experts from the RSPB will record the bird’s famous song and stream it in real time from its website this Sunday night (18 May).
Dr Andre Farrar, the RSPB’s media manager and a Nightingale enthusiast, will be taking part the recording. He said: “Nightingales have sung their way into the consciousness of our country, popping up in literature and popular culture. Yet they are in trouble, and if their decline is to be halted action needs to be taken.