RICHARD BEARD'S HACKNEY WILDLIFETHE HACKNEY YEARLONDON WILDLIFE

The beginnings of a new collection of wildlife sounds thanks to Stoke Newington-based recordist Richard Beard. Hear birdsong and the calls of other animals from parks, streets and gardens in and around the borough of Hackney.

CLICK ON A CIRCLED AREA TO HEAR ITS SOUNDS

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A few words from the recordist

MY LOCAL AREA is an interesting mix of urban and rural environments – from the wetlands of the River Lea and its marshes to the mixed woodland of Abney Park cemetery, via the bustling streets of Hackney.

Having recorded here for many years I am always amazed, and often surprised, by the diversity of wildlife. My first recordings were probably of the ubiquitous Wren, a little bird with a loud, thrilling song. The most recent have been the Ring-necked Parakeets that have taken up residence in Springfield Park.

London is a noisy city and it is not always possible to achieve clear recordings of wildlife. This does not really worry me – wildlife co-exists so the noise is part of their lives too. But the challenge is to favour the species over London noise, a challenge I relish.

Richard Beard, 2012