LIVE STREAM – Pond, South Walney

The hydrophone (a special underwater microphone) is located in one of the lagoons left by the industrial extraction of salt, sand and gravel during the 19th and 20th Centuries, on the southernmost tip of South Walney Island, across the channel from the shipbuilding town of Barrow-in-Furness. This hydrophone gives listeners unique access to a surprising underwater soundscape full of clicks, plops, gurgles and other unidentifiable sound. Depending on prevailing conditions you may hear diving birds including Eider Duck and Red Breasted Merganser, starfish, tiny spider crabs, fish and marine invertebrates. You may also hear the movement of the tide and occasionally the distant sound of human activity.

The microphone is operated collectively by three separate organizations Cumbria Wildlife Trust (Sarah Dalrymple), Full of Noises and Soundcamp who work together in different ways to engage the public through listening.


South Walney Nature Reserve, Full of Noises, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, SoundCamp



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