A Nightingale Sings in Berkeley Square, 9th May 2019

If you’re in Berkeley Square on the evening of 9th May you will hear a nightingale sing. Join Chris Packham at his first POP UP Conservation Event and celebrate the nightingale, its song and its place in British history.

8pm, 9th May 2019
Berkeley Square

Download the nightingale song below to play on the day.

”If you’ve never heard a Nightingale sing you simply haven’t lived ! Its richness , variety and volume punches into your heart and soul with a clarity and beauty unrivalled in nature . Well now’s your chance ! And what’s more you can enjoy the experience in the centre of London ! So please pop along to this informal pop up event and help celebrate the talents of this increasingly rare songster and contemplate the sadness we will feel if our springs fall silent forever .” 

Nightingale Sings Leaflet-1


Download Nightingale song

Instructions for iOS (iPhone) »

How to play the Nightingale song on your iPhone

  1. Click the “Download Nightingale song” button. This will open a player in a new window of your internet browser.
  2. Click the play button to play the sound file.
  3. Keep this browser window open to keep the sound file active. The file is now playing from your device and is not streaming or using your data allowance.

To play the sound on auto repeat you will need to add the sound to your iTunes library. This can only be done from a desktop or laptop by plugging your phone into your computer using the charging cable. For instructions on how to do this please see instructions here.

Instructions for Android »

How to play the Nightingale song on your Android device

  1. Click the “Download Nightingale song” button. This will open a prompt window with the option to “download” the file.
  2. Click the download option.
  3. From home screen of your Android device click “Apps”.
  4. Click “Tools”.
  5. Click “My Files”.
  6. Click “Downloads”.
  7. Select the file called “Nightingale-for-chris-copy.mp3”.
  8. Click the play button to play the sound file.

Gary Moore is a naturalist and sound recordist, with over 15 years of experience recording wildlife in the field. After graduating from Bangor University in Marine Zoology, Gary worked as a researcher at the BBC before training as a sound engineer. His work has taken him all over the world, recording animals as diverse as humpback whales, a huge variety of birdlife, bears and bees everywhere from the USA and Asia to East Anglia. Gary is also a regular recordist on the BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch series. Connect with Gary @mooresounds

Let Nature Sing

What happens when the music stops?  Imagine a silent spring. Imagine a world without bird song. Every year we’re getting closer to this being a reality. Our wildlife is in the midst of a crisis. Today there are 40 million fewer birds than there were 40 years ago. Sadly, most people don’t realise that many birds are in serious danger of falling silent –  forever.

Help us Let Nature Sing. Visit rspb.org.uk/letnaturesing #LetNatureSing


I may be right, I may be wrong
But I’m perfectly willing to swear
That when you turned and smiled at me
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Songwriters: Eric Maschwitz / Manning Sherwin