Tree house music

Tree house music

Move over Paul Oakenfold, there’s a new woodland DJ in the (tree) house.

To mark the beginning of spring, UK natural beatboxer Jason Singh has been commissioned by the National Trust to recreate the nation’s favourite songbirds in an album of ‘tweet music’. Singh’s album features vocals from collaborators, including blackbirds, robins, woodpeckers, owls and crickets. Skylarks and warblers also make guest appearances.

The potential smash hit was brought about after the National Trust learned that almost one in five Britons rarely hear birdsong, despite its restorative, calming qualities. To listen to the tweet music, visit, or catch Singh in one of his natural beatboxing workshops for children at Tatton Park in Cheshire.

Find your favourite sounds live in concert with the National Trust’s top 10 places to spring-spot this March and April:

Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire. Listen to a spectacular dawn chorus of birds in springtime at Mottisfont. This atmospheric 13th century property has its own spring sound experience for visitors, too.

Tatton Park, Cheshire. This vast wild parkland is home to a deer park and an incredible 19th century mansion. Head to Tatton for misty spring mornings and listening out for the pitter-patter of April showers.

Biddulph Grange Gardens, Midlands. The colourful spring blooms and greenery at Biddulph make this spot the place to hear honeybees at work.

Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire. Listen to the soothing sounds of babbling brooks and the tweets of baby birds, and tackle some of the site’s nature trails in April.

Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire. A beautiful spot to listen to the sounds of baby lambs baaing. 22 April is Den Building Day.

Batemans, Sussex. Robins, rooks and blackbirds – take a sensory walk through the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald.

Sheringham Park, Norfolk. Rarer chiffchaffs can be heard chirping within the varied woodland habitat of Sheringham Park. Learn how to track wild animals on 9 April.

Polesden Lacey, Surrey. Home to the great tit and song thrush, Polesden Lacey is in the rolling Surrey Hills just outside the M25. During April climb in tree canopies and whizz along a zip wire.

Quantock Hills, Somerset. Wonderful walks can be had here with incredible views of valley woodlands and hilltops. Listen out for the skylark.

Sugar Loaf and Usk Valley, Wales. The peaks and valleys of this dramatic region are a prime place to hear tinkling streams and spot swooping birds of prey.

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