Traffic Noise ruin Dawn Chorus Album
So called 'progress' means that we cannot hear the delights of the dawn chorus without the sirens of police cars, lorries and other traffic in the background. The noise of the motorway can stretch for miles and many rural roads are noisy as motorists drive to work, school and train stations early in the morning. Little is being done to ease noise pollution.
Now even those who want to immortalise bird song with a second Bird Song album are having great difficulty in recording bird song without constant interruption.
Though I live in the countryside, on bad days I can even hear motorcyclists from Brands Hatch which is about 15 miles away from me particularly during Superbike week as well as the drone from the M25, which is about 6 miles away.
CountryLife Magazine had an article about how noisy the countryside is, how right they were.
City dwellers come to the countryside for a bit of peace, which is ironic in some rural places.
Never mind the dawn chorus not being heard in the countryside properly, I can't even hear the cockerel crowing anymore!
This is an article by Fiona MacRae, from the Daily Mail:-
"Fifteen years ago, Andrew Flintham made a best-selling recording of the birds which make up the dawn chorus. But like many rock musicians, he has been driven to distraction making that difficult second album. Asked to repeat the exercise this year for a new CD of British birdsong, he was unable to find the peace and quiet needed to make an unbroken recording of 'nature's alarm clock'. Mr Flintham, whose Brecklands Dawn Chorus was the biggest-selling wildlife recording of the 1990s, said: 'The microphone picks up lots of background noise you can't hear while you're there. 'When you play it back you find a drone of traffic noise from nearby roads or planes in the distance. 'When we did the Brecklands recording in Norfolk back in 1993, even then I had to go back nine times before I got a full recording. 'In the end I went on a Bank Holiday Monday to get the full 70 minutes as there was less traffic about. 'Since then there's been so many new roads built and more flight paths that I don't believe anyone can get a recording of the dawn chorus in Britain. If anyone can suggest anywhere, I'd be more than grateful."