Hatfield Forest, 2018
At the western end of the Flitch Way is Hatfield Forest, which is managed by the National Trust. It’s pretty large as collections of trees in Essex go and within the forest there are several different types of habitat and terrain. It was remiss of me to think that I could just pop in and get a recording before nipping out again, and in fact why wouldn’t you want to stay longer and explore, but today I had set myself an itinerary that was too ambitious in trying to accurately portray a series of places with just ten or twenty minute recordings. What was apparent was that human made sounds made a large contribution to the soundscape, with the children’s activities in the distance and aeroplanes taking off from Stansted competing with the wood pigeons and wind in the leaves. I’m sure that when I had left though, the local inhabitants would have slowly reappeared and maybe the balance could start to be readdressed.