AS new research shows that four in five Londoners find listening to birdsong makes them happier, intu Uxbridge shopping centre is launching an initiative, backed by naturalist Kate Humble.

Next Monday, a 10-minute track will chirp birdsong from a ‘tweet tree’ in the centre, featuring model birds.

Londoners say listening to birds singing helps them relax in an age when many young people wear headphones, making them deaf to the sounds of nature.

Laurie Taylor, general manager at intu Uxbridge, said: “We’re bringing the sounds of the great outdoors into our centres to encourage shoppers to reconnect with nature.

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“We work really hard to create experiences that will bring a smile to the faces of our customers, and we hope our tweet tree will help them leave happier than when they arrived.”

Kate Humble said: “I love this initiative from intu to reconnect millions of people with the wonder of birdsong, the most beautiful & beneficial music of all!”

Birdsong will be played at intu shopping centres around the country. It follows Big Bugs on Tour with Chris Packham last year, with 12 giant bug models touring centres.