Sound and vision blog

06 July 2015

Recording the Sounds of our Shores

As we enter the third week of the Sounds of our Shores coastal sound map project, we thought we'd showcase some of the recordings that have been submitted so far. From waves to lighthouse foghorns, these recordings will help us build a comprehensive picture of what the British coastline sounded like during the summer of 2015. Here we take a look at some of the natural history and leisure sounds that members of the public have been busy recording.


From small waves breaking on sand to the tumble of pebbles being moved back and forth by the tide on a shingle beach, these recordings are perhaps the most evocative of all the coastal sounds: 


The British coastline is home to an incredible variety of wildlife, from seabirds and songbirds to mammals and invertebrates. Here are some of the wildlife sounds that have been recorded so far:


From amusement arcades to seaside funfairs, these sounds immediately conjure up memories of holidays at some of our favourite seaside towns:


If you're heading to the coast during the next three months, why not record your own favourite sounds, either with your smartphone or a digital recorder, and share these on the Sounds of our Shores channel? The project runs until the 21st September so there's plenty of time to get down to your nearest seaside town or favourite coastal spot! Full details on how to take part can be found here.


Sounds of our Shores is a three month collaborative project between the British Library, the National Trust, the National Trust for Scotland and audioBoom Ltd.


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