Sir David Attenborough is to launch the Tweet of the day on the BBC radio 4 show. It is nothing to do with the popular micro-blogging website Twitter but a real life bird song followed by a story and facts about the tweet in question. It will last around 90 seconds before the start of the Today programme.
The BBC reports that “Each episode will feature the song of a particular bird followed by insights into that bird's behaviour and habits. The series will also tell the birds' stories through science, social history, culture, literature and music, the station said.”
There are said to be up to 265 bird tweets recorded for the year long series including cuckoos, song thrushes, swifts and wood warblers.
In total there are 598 known bird species in Britain with 286 being recorded as rare.
Attenborough has produced programmers all over the world with popular series such as Frozen planet and planet earth however these tweets will be closer to home.
Sir David Attenborough who will be running the show for the first month commented that “I've seen some of the most incredible animals on my travels around the world, but Tweet Of The Day is a nice reminder of the teeming world of birds on my doorstep."
Afterwards other wildlife presenters including Miranda Krestovnikoff, Steve Backshall and Chris Packham will help launch the show.
The series will start on May 5th and will begin at 5.58 with a special tweet repeated on Sundays at 8.58. Every episode of the tweet will be available to download on the BBC website.
Each tweet will be promoted on a BBC Twitter account with the hashtag “r4tweet” for those who want to follow the tweets online.