Henham churchyard, used under a Creative Commons (attribution) licence (www.flickr.com/photos/cruccone/2…9/in/photostream/).
Recording made by Joyce M. Winmill of baby owls learning to hoot in Henham churchyard in June 1974 (SA 37/5/1). The recording is a clip from a series of interviews, talks, and nature recordings made by Miss Winmill to capture part of the history of her village (SA 37).
In the full version of the introduction, the narrator explains that the sound of these baby owls can no longer be heard in the churchyard. The strong winds in 1987 destroyed their nest, and they never returned to their former habitat. Have other birds taken their place? Or has the churchyard been that much quieter ever since? Where are owls nesting in Essex today?