Dawn Chorus, Goblin Coombe, North Somerset, UK in early May – by Nick Wilcox Brown

“Goblin Coombe is a quiet limestone valley, fringed by woodlands and bordering Bristol (International) airport. The airport has expanded dramatically over the last 10 years, meaning that recording opportunities are very rare. 

This piece was recorded on a Sunday in early May, supposedly in mid-lockdown, but there was still a rush of traffic on the main road, a mile away, around 4.50 am. Aircraft noise is thankfully absent, but the quiet hum of a milking parlour can be heard in the background of the track.

The piece begins with light rain on leaves, a strident Song Thrush and then a pair of Owls can be heard calling nd before the Song birds really get started.”