The BBC is hoping to revive that simpler time with Tweet of the Day - an early-morning radio programme dedicated to British birdsong.
The broadcaster announced on Wednesday that veteran naturalist David Attenborough will host the 90-second show, which will feature the song of a different bird each weekday, along with background on the species' behaviour, habits and place in literature and folklore.
Attenborough, who has travelled the world for documentary series including Planet Earth and Frozen Planet, said he was delighted to be involved in something closer to home.
"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," he said.
The show on the BBC's main speech station, Radio 4, may be best appreciated by those who rise with the birds. Tweet of the Day will be broadcast at 05:58.
The BBC said 265 different birds will be featured during the year-long series, which begins 6 May with a recording of the cuckoo and moves on to song thrushes, swifts and wood warblers.
Attenborough will host for the first month, and be followed by other BBC presenters.
As this is the 21st century, Tweet of the Day will be available online - and will be promoted on Twitter, under the hashtag "r4tweet."