Wind, waves and wetlands: sounds

Saturday morning I jumped onto the tarmac ribbon that winds across Essex and on towards the Suffolk coast, a desire to breathe salty air and escape civilisation for an afternoon pushing me onward. After the two hour drive and  a quick exploration of Westerton Heath where a broken sun played…

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The 1st Braughing Scout Band

The only Scout Band in Hertfordshire, 1st Braughing Scout Band perform at many events throughout the year including; leading the Ware Carnival procession in July, heading the parade of beavers, cubs, brownies, guides and scouts on St George’s day along Ware High Street, performing at Standon May Day as well…

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Sounds: Fowlmere inflow

Just the other side of the path from the tall pipe arch, located near the watercress beds at RSPB Fowlmere, the water gushes into the reserve water system. When it is running, the inflow can be heard from some distance, pulsing and pumping like a great arterial organ, low bass…

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Sounds: Fowlmere pipes

Standing tall in the willow carr at the southern end of the RSPB’s Fowlmere reserve, an iron black water pipe stands like a huge tubular staple, melting into the shadows. The manhole cover below the great arch glows with the vibrant green of the damp moss that clings to the…

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Latchford Harvest

A barmy late August eveningthrobsto a mechanised beat. Golden sunbeamstouch cloudsof chaff-dustthat billowfrom the combinein drifts. Cut-lines mapthe pathof the mechanical scythe.Contoured curvesthat last a week’til the plough foldsthe remnantsof a season’s growthback into the earth. Emerging from the uncut cropa covey of grey partridgeeight or more strong.Notes from their…

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Bat Detector listening frequencies for UK Bats

This is the list of listening frequencies for the identification of British Bats. SPECIES Detector Setting (kHz) Pipistrelle (45) (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) 45–50 Pipistrelle (55) (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) 50–60 Nathusius’Pipistrelle (Pipistrelle nathusii) 38–42 Brown long-eared (Plecotus auritus) 40–45 Grey long-eared (Plecotus austriacus) 40–45 Barbastelle (Barbastelle barbastellus) 35–45 Bechstein’s (Myotis bechsteinii) 45–50 Daubenton’s…

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Swan Song

The huge skyscapes and wide horizons of East Anglia drew me north today, clear skies and uplifting sunlight that signalled the march of spring, were too much for restless feet to bare after days of endless grey, . The wintering swans on the fenland washes would soon be heading in…

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