Cardiff’s popular entertainment hub, The Red Dragon Centre, is bringing the great outdoors indoors this April, with a range of fun and educational nature activities for families to enjoy.
Working with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Cymru, The Centre will be installing its specially created Tweet Tree filled with sounds of some of the UK’s greatest songbirds to bring joy to visitors this spring. The Tree will also be filled with a range of different birds for children to find and learn about.
As well as spreading the happiness with its songs of spring, the music played from the Tweet Tree will also have an important environmental message. The track, ‘Let Nature Sing,’ features the songs of many threatened and endangered birds and was released as a single by RSPB to help raise awareness of the shocking loss of 40 million birds from the UK in just 50 years.
Visitors will be able sit around the tree, relaxing with a Cadwaladers coffee whilst listening to the soothing sound of birdsong, which is proven to have a range of benefits including boosting mental well-being, increasing concentration and reducing stress. Research has revealed that 82% of people said birdsong makes them feel positive, and more than half of those people (54%) would choose it as the number one sound to wake up to.
Tamsin Davies, Nature Reserve Campaign Officer at RSPB Cymru, said: “Over the last two years we’ve seen just how important the natural world is to our wellbeing and the huge benefits that even the smallest connection to wildlife can bring. Sadly, over half of our Welsh wildlife is in decline and we can’t stand by while nature goes silent, that’s why we’re letting nature sing loud and proud at The Red Dragon Centre.”
Emma Constantinou, Marketing and Tenant Liaison Manager at The Red Dragon Centre, said: “We are delighted to be working with RSPB Cymru to launch our Tweet Tree. At The Red Dragon Centre we have a strong commitment to the environment and want to help raise awareness of important causes like the RSPB’s.
“Making our customers smile is at the centre of everything we do. With the mental wellbeing benefits of birdsong proven, we’ve installed the tweet tree to bring even more happiness to our visitors.”
Coinciding with the start of Easter holidays, The Red Dragon Centre will also be hosting one of the official Snoopy sculptures forming part of the free public art trail A Dog’s Trail, between April 8 and June 5. Intricately designed by a local artist, the sculpture will take pride of place, surrounded by lots of mini Snoopies, perfect for pictures.
Children can also join The Wildlife Trust at The Red Dragon Centre on Wednesday 13 April to learn about hedgehogs with some fun, creative activities, as the most famous hedgehog Sonic returns to ODEON cinema for Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Mascot guests Peter Rabbit and Lily will also be visiting the Centre on Good Friday to celebrate Easter weekend.
Emma Constantinou said: “We are excited to be able to offer our visitors all these fun, free activities this Easter allowing them to enjoy the great outdoors whatever the weather.!”