The sounds of spring might be dulled this weekend as forecasters predict snow across the Pennines and other parts of the UK.
But the predictions of plunging temperatures have not stopped one musical maestro from wanting to help people living in Yorkshire to celebrate the season.
Beatboxer Jason Singh – who uses his voice to create the sounds of percussion and music – has vocally recreated the nation’s best-known songbirds. The album of ‘tweet music’ was commissioned by the National Trust after academic research found that listening to birdsong not only makes people calmer but boosts positivity.
The album features blackbirds, robins, woodpeckers, crows, skylarks, owls, warblers, buzzards, frogs and crickets.
Mr Singh said: “It was important to me that the bird calls and environments I recreated were as lifelike and authentic as possible.”
Bird lovers will also be keeping their fingers crossed that this weekend’s drop in temperatures will be temporary after it was revealed that poor climate was to blame for a decline in barn owls – a native bird of Britain.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust wants to restore large areas of grassland and to put up nest boxes across Yorkshire to help boost the number of breeding pairs, thought to be as low as 1,000.