An ear to the Berwickshire shoreline

Starney Bay in St Abbs
Starney Bay in St Abbs

People in Berwickshire are being asked to record their favourite seaside sounds as part of the ‘sounds of our shores’ project.

Run by the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and the British Library this summer, the multimedia project will see the sounds of the Berwickshire coastline uploaded to the first ever UK coastal sound map. These might include the calls of kittiwakes at St Abb’s Head or the barks of seals at Eyemouth.

The recordings will be added to the British Library Sound Archive, capturing for all time soundscapes from the diverse UK coastline for future generations.

Musician, producer and founder member of Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn Ware, will be using the sounds recorded by the public, to create a brand new piece of music which is set for release in February 2016.

Dr Richard Luxmoore, Senior Nature Advisor from the National Trust for Scotland said: “The sounds of the coast clamour for our attention and leave an indelible impression on our hearts.”

Once sounds are recorded, whether on a smart phone, tablet or handheld recorder, they can be uploaded to the map via the audioBoom website or app (they are both free and easy to use). The sounds will then appear on the map, which will be hosted on the British Library website.

All of the recordings should be a maximum of five minutes in length and images and words about the particular sound can be added.

People will then be able to share their sounds on the map with friends and family. The closing date for uploading sounds is Monday, September 21.

At the end of the project all of the sounds that appear on the map will then be added to the British Library’s Sound Archive for future generations to hear.

The 20-minute soundscape will transport listeners into the sensory richness of the coastline, capturing the working coastline and the coast where britons go to play.

To get involved in the project visit http://www.nts.org.uk/Site/Sounds-of-our-Shores/Sounds-of-our-Shores/. Participants will also be able to share their sounds on social media using the hashtag #shoresounds