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Summer Activity – Soundscape!

Firs Farm Wetlands SOUNDSCAPE

Download the leaflet here – just click on the following ‘ SOUNDSCAPE

Everyday our ears are bombarded with noise. The roar of traffic, the banging of building sites and DIY, the wail of sirens, the beat of music from cars, phones and houses. All day, everyday.

At Firs Farm you can take the time to listen to the sounds of nature, relax and breathe. This activity is a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon at Firs Farm Wetlands.

You can download the leaflet which tells you where the best spots are to stop and have a listen and it also tells you what you might hear.

When it comes to identifying the wildlife you are hearing you may need a little help.

Crickets and grasshoppers

For crickets and grasshoppers there is a fantastic app, iRecord Grashoppers. It is very easy to use. Upload it to you phone. Open the Species Guide and all the grasshoppers and crickets you are likely to hear are right there. Just click on one and you will hear its song.

You can find out more about crickets and grasshoppers at:

https://community.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/b/natureshomemagazine/posts/what-is-the-difference-between-a-cricket-and-a-grasshopper

Birds

All birds have a song, a call and an alarm calls. To identify bird you are hearing you have to identify the bird first. You can use the RSPB’s Identify a bird to help you. Try and see the bird. How big is it? What colour is it? Does it have a long tail? Can you see its beak? Feed the information into the website.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/

Once you know what the bird is you can find it the RSPB’s Bird A-Z. Find the bird, scroll down until you find the audio recording of the bird.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/

If it doesn’t sound like the bird you are hearing then use this website:

https://www.british-birdsongs.uk/

For each bird there is a recording of its song, its call and its alarm call.

If you want to know a lot more about bird songs and calls then we recommend this excellent book by Adrian Thomas:

RSPB Guide to Birdsong, Adrian Thomas ISBN: 978-1-4729-5587-6 Published by Bloomsbury books £15.99

Books for identifying birds:

RSPB Handbook of British Birds £10.99

FSC Guide to the top 50 garden birds fold-out chart £4.99

 

Always shop around for books, you can usually find them cheaper than the list price.

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