Scientists have suggested that spending five minutes a day listening to birdsong may help beat the winter blues.
The National Trust has compiled recordings of birdsong to remind those fed up with the cold and dark that spring is around the corner. Naturalists also believe it may have health benefits.
Peter Brash, an ecologist at the National Trust, said birdsong "gives a warm glow" and could be "beneficial to our well-being, reports the Telegraph.
Less birdsong is heard in winter as most birds are more interested in finding food. But some, such as the bad-tempered robin, are still belting out songs to protect territory
Today's winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and, combined with the ongoing weather misery, many people will be suffering from pre-Christmas gloom.