Dawn Chorus: A Sound Portrait of a British Woodland at Sunrise (British Library - British Library Sound Archive) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Mar 2004
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The recordings are all in southern England, and, for those who have not experienced British late spring or early summer dawn choruses, these would be quite something - that is, even more 'quite something' than they are to a dyed-in-the-wool Southern Brit like Yours Truly! The birdsong in these choruses has a sweet, musical and varied quality that is quite unlike, say, tropical birdsong, at least what I've heard of it in recordings.
I can think of no better way to bring the joy of spring into your living space.
Update, August 2015...
Actually, I became dissatisfied with this and also Geoff Sample's wonderful dawn chorus CD. -- Why?
Because they both actually present a series of shorter recordings - in this case as different tracks, and in Sample's case joined together to give a cheating impression (not very convincing for me) of an actual dawn chorus sequence.
This was among the many inadequacies I found in then currently available natural soundscape commercial CDs, which motivated me in 2012 to purchase a suitably professional-quality sound recorder and to record natural soundscapes myself, the fully authentic way that I, as a lifelong naturalist and very long-time hiker in wild places, really wanted.Read more ›
There are a lot of recordings out there of individual bird's songs (to identify indivdual calls), but I just wanted the 'nature' sound of the dawn chorus for the reasons stated above, and this one was well worth the money. This is a lovely, clear recording. You really can picture yourself there in the woods at daybreak, mist lying low on the ground, the freshness in the air... and it was obviously recorded in a very tranquil spot, so no other noises to be heard (traffic etc.) - just the birds. Truly lovely. The running time is very good - it's nice, long tracks of continuous birdsong - not short bursts like some other CDs, so played on a loop, it's a lovely background track to a relaxing afternoon (or evening, or any time!)... If I didn't have a two-year-old, I expect I would lounge on the sofa with a good book, dog at my feet, a cup of tea on the side and a whole packet of hobnobs whilst listening to this instead... either way, a fantastic way to relax!
I was born and raised in the British countryside and have very fond memories of fresh Spring mornings and long summery evenings listening to the chorus of birdsong in my local woodlands.
I don't live in the UK anymore, and this CD induces such powerful feelings of nostalgia, that it transports me home instantly, back to my beloved British woodlands.
It's a totally enchanting compilation of the most beautiful birdsong you are likely to hear -- the quality of the recordings are clean and pure and do not contain any distracting man made background noise.
It's one of my all-time favourite compilations to listen to whether I am alone in the car, working away on my computer, or simply enjoying some peace and quiet at home.
If you love British birdsong as much as I do, then you can't be without this CD... It's quite literally, worth it's weight in gold.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is absolutely the best soundtrack to sit and relax with. It totally transports you back to nature. No audio over speak at all which adds to its charm and total relaxation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carole Hesford
My mother loved it, best she had heard. Easy to follow the songs and learn to indentify birds. Crisp, clear, refreshing.Published 7 months ago by M. Beaconsfield
No background music, just birds singing and a sheep can sometimes be heard in the background. Not for identifying the birds, but to relax and meditate.Published 11 months ago by apple
A perfect start to the day, from the first sounds of the wakening woodland, beautifully recorded, with excellent descripions and notesPublished 12 months ago by House Sparrow
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