UK’s top ten favourite coastal sounds revealed in Sounds of the Shores shortlist

If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting us here in the north of Wales you will no doubt have heard the soothing sound of waves lapping up on the North Wales coastline. I think we would all agree that this is a particularly alluring sound that everyone appreciates, so much so, it would seem, that it has now been featured in a public vote to discover the UK’s favourite coastal sound. An audio clip captured at Trwyn Llanbedrog, not far from some of our North Wales holiday parks made the top ten list of entries as part of the National Trust and British Library’s crowd-sourced project, carried out over a 12 week period, called Sounds of our Shores. After just 6 weeks, there had been in excess of 350 clips uploaded by the public to the British Library website for consideration. Following the inclusion of a wide range of sounds already uploaded, 10 of the most interesting were whittled down to be selected for a public vote. The online poll, which you can get involved with, opened last week and will close at midnight on Thursday 27th August. Come the end of the project, all of the clips featured on the map will subsequently be added to the British Library’s Sound Archive, where they will then link up with over 6.5 million others dating back to the birth of recorded sound in the 19th century. The UK’s top 10 favourite coastal sounds shortlist

  • Raft race, Mumbles, South Wales
  • Waves breaking on the beach, Trwyn Llanbedrog, Wales
  • Children playing, Brean Sands, Somerset
  • Dredging for oysters, Brightlingsea, Essex
  • Ferries in the fog, River Mersey, Merseyside
  • Ghost train ride, Brighton, West Sussex
  • Kittiwakes, Northumberland
  • Seagulls, Monreith, Scotland
  • Seals calling and snorting, Raithlin Island, Northern Ireland
  • ‘Singing’ Sands, Eigg, Scottish Hebrides

Image: Dave Croker under Creative Commons Licence.

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