10 August 2009
Recording of the Week: Booming Bittern
One of the rarest sounds of the British countryside is the booming call of the Bittern, a bird belonging to the heron family. A shy dweller of wetland areas, it was driven to the very edge of extinction in the UK - in 1997 the national population was at its lowest, with only 11 booming males being identified. Thankfully, improved habitat management and reedbed conservation has resulted in an increase in numbers and today around 75 breeding males are thought to exist. Follow the link to listen to the booming calls of this elusive bird.
'Recording of the Week' highlights gems from the Archival Sound Recordings website, selected by British Library experts or recommended by listeners. This week's item was selected from the British Wildlife Recordings collection by Cheryl Tipp, Curator of Wildlife Sounds at the British Library Sound Archive. It was recorded in May 1966 in Norfolk, England, by Lawrence Shove.