The HomeSounds project installs fixed live-streaming microphones at selected sites. These microphones broadcast 24/7/365 via the Locusonus Soundmap (Firefox or Chrome recommended) and are free to access. The microphones have many purposes; principally, they provide a focus for listening, are a method of enriching our relationship with place, and act as safe listening spaces. A more detailed guide on how to listen to HomeSounds live-stream microphones can be found here.
Wheatfen Broad is one of the few remaining areas of the once extensive Yare Valley swamp. It is, undoubtedly, one of the most important sites of its kind in Britain. The site is now managed as a nature reserve and consists largely of open fen, reed beds, sallow carr and the small broads Wheatfen and Deep Waters. The house and adjacent land are still owned by the family who permit The Trust to extend the nature trails into Surlingham Wood and The Carr.
Initially installed and run in partnership with the Mancroft Advice Project, and now maintained by HomeSounds and Wheatfen, the microphone broadcast this unique Norfolk Broads habitat 24/7/365. Listen live using the player on the left, by visiting the Locus Sonus Soundmap, or following this direct link - http://locus.creacast.com:9001/norfolk_broads_wheatfen.ogg
This solar-powered live-streaming stereo microphone, installed in partnership with Mancroft Advice Project and the National Trust, was located at Sheringham Park, a 1000 acre site close to the North Norfolk coast.
The microphone streamed 24/7/365 and wildlife highlights included Green Woodpecker, Muntjac deer, Buzzards and Owls. Other features of the acoustic habitat included the passing North Norfolk Stream Railway, rustling leaf-litter and brash, coastal winds and the ever present roar of the North Sea, less then a mile away. You can take a number of guided online sound-walks around the site by visiting the HomeSounds youtube channel.
Pigneys Wood is a recent addition to the stewardship of Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The reserve provides an important wildlife refuge for many birds such as the goldcrest, nuthatch, Cetti’s warbler; insects such as red admiral, peacock and holly blue butterflies; dragonflies such as the emperor, migrant hawker, blacktailed skimmer and Norfolk hawker, and mammals such as otter, water vole and badger.
Installed in partnership with Norwich Science Festival, this live-stream microphone was sited on the edge of patch of woodland that overlooks freshwater marsh. The Soundscape was mixture of wildlife, weather and distant rural-town ambience. You can take a number of guided online sound-walks around the site by visiting the HomeSounds youtube channel.
Installed as part of the partnership project between HomeSounds and Norwich Science Festival, the live-stream microphone at RSPB Titchwell Marsh broadcast a coastal soundscape rich in birdlife from this fantastic reserve in North Norfolk, UK.
In Autumn and Winter the microphone was sited on a ridge between a stretch of tidal marsh, and a freshwater lagoon that provides a home for thousands of sea-birds. In Spring and Summer the microphone was sited amongst the marsh to broadcast the sound of the reserve's population of Marsh-Harriers, Bittern, Avocets, Bearded Tits and many other species, as well as the broader acoustic habitat.
You can take a number of guided online sound-walks around the site by visiting the HomeSounds youtube channel.
Sited in the eerily atmospheric Thetford Forest, this ancient site is home to a lunar landscape of 400 neolithic pits dug over 5000 years ago by our ancestors in search of flint. Now managed by English Heritage, Grimes Graves is also an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and a habitat for rare plants and fauna.
The live-stream microphone, installed in partnership with Mancroft Advice Project and English Heritage, was located at the edge of the site at its highest point, providing a natural amphitheatre of sound where the calls of owls reverberated widely to give a sense of space and time that echoed the ancient human presence in the area. You can take a number of online Sound-Walks around Grimes Graves via the HomeSounds youtube channel.