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ICC Wales joins the RSPB to raise awareness for birdsong

International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) has announced it will be supporting RSPB Cymru, a conservation charity, to ensure that birdsong does not fall silent in Wales on 17 October.

The newly opened meetings venue will join other landmark buildings across Wales including the National Assembly for Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Transport for Wales Stations, National Museums of Wales, Dŵr Cymru and National Parks to fill its indoors with recordings of birdsong.     

In May, the RSPB secured a position in UK top 20 music chart when it released a track of birdsong. It also released a birdsong radio app, that has been downloaded by over 22,000 people all to raise awareness of the decreasing number of birds.

Its track, ‘Let Nature Sing’, highlights that the UK has lost over 40 million birds in just half a century. Additionally, the publication of the RSPB State of Nature report, emphasises the decline in Welsh wildlife.

ICC Wales is one of the businesses that will be supporting RSPB, along with Public Health Wales which is hosting its annual conference at the venue this week.

Ian Edwards, chief executive, ICC Wales, said: “ICC Wales is a venue which embraces its location alongside ancient woodland and we take every opportunity to embrace the outdoors with floor to ceiling views of the Coldra Woods from our meeting rooms, and outdoor breakout areas and ponder pods.

“We have a living wall of plant life inside the building and the abundant natural daylight in the atrium and throughout the building will provide the perfect setting for hearing the birdsong provided by this fantastic initiative. It is particularly fitting that we are playing host to the Public Health Wales Conference as we celebrate the well-being benefits of our wildlife and natural environment.”          

Tamsin Davies, RSPB Cymru, said: “In Wales we are lucky to be surrounded by so much amazing wildlife, and this is something we are rightly proud of as we celebrate the landscapes, plants and animals we share our country with. But sadly, all is not well and simple pleasures such as the soothing music of our birds seem to be growing quieter.

“So earlier this year we had a simple idea of bringing birdsong back into people’s life to highlight the threat to our natural world. Releasing the single and birdsong radio began a national conversation as across Wales everyone started talking about what birdsong means to them, and what it would mean if nature were to fall silent. We are pleased to be working with ICC Wales to send a strong message that we all care about our natural world and are concerned that if nothing is done, we might lose these amazing singers.”