Listening to just five minutes of birdsong each day could help dispel the winter gloom and be one of the best, and most beautiful ways to help us get through the long winter days,also giving us a much needed health boost in the process.
Peter Brash, National Trust ecologist had this to say:
Birdsong has a powerful healing effect which can improve our mental health. Dr William Bird GP, who is a health adviser for the countryside agency, Natural England, said tests had proven the effect. Dr Bird recommended birdsong for the elderly and for those who suffer from high levels of stress. “We have lost our connection with nature,” he said, adding: “By listening to birdsong, it’s a way of connecting back to nature and our mental health improves when that connection has been made.” Research has found that “ultra waves” increase in the brain when subjects are shown a natural scene. Dr Bird said the same effect occurred with birdsong. Mark Avery, director of Conservation at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, said that bird sounds were a “tonic” for people’s general wellbeing. We think it is a tonic easy to take!