Earth Notes: Herne Bay Ambient (2021-07)

Updated 2024-04-04 11:36 GMT.
By Damon Hart-Davis.
Ambient soundscape from a week in Herne Bay (Kent, UK) late in July: sea, amusements, people... #HerneBay #soundscape #fieldRecording
Herne Bay to Kentish Flats windfarm horizon 20210728 evening

This episode has no spoken commentary from me, it's just the ambience again.

Herne Bay sounds in the order recorded, from for a week. A relatively long piece.

This one-week "UKation" aka "UK staycation" was in lieu of a likely beach fortnight in the south of France, since the coronavirus complications are still with us.

1410s "202107 Herne Bay ambient sea amusements people" (captions) Uploaded . Downloads:
[Ambient sounds from Herne Bay, Kent, UK, by the sea at the mouth of the Thames.]

Bonus Tracks

The final recording (8pm) of the last evening there (2021-07-30):

113s "20210730T1900Z Herne Bay sea soundscape" Uploaded . Downloads:

A short recording from the Victoria Line (London Tube) on the way home:

118s "20210731 London Tube Victoria Line arriving at and leaving Pimlico" Uploaded . Downloads:

Show Notes

All field recordings at 16-bit 48ksps lossless WAV (converted to FLAC) on a Zoom H1n, handheld. Each track was trimmed where necessary, has a ~2s fade-in and fade-out applied, then was loudness normalised to LUFS -23dB in Audacity. Not all clips were used.

There were lots of gulls and sparrows about, and also starlings and what I took to be terns.

Here is the full sound pack at

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