Winters Farm, Stambridge, aeroplanes A, 2016
This is the first recording in response to our public surveys finding that most people had noticed a general increase in air traffic in the Essex area.
Jason Woodford contacted me to suggest we record at his place of work, as they were positioned under the flight path of Southend Airport and notice the aircraft on a regular basis. So after a quick check of the departures and arrivals I went to visit them. Steve and Jason at CMS Microwave Ltd were very informative about the different kinds of aeroplane, and also the varieties of birds that frequent the area. Whilst I was recording I saw pheasant, moor hens, mistle thrush, robin, pied wagtail, wood pigeon, crow, collared dove, woodpecker and wren, but not all of them made sound.
In this recording you can hear a private jet and a small light aircraft taking off from the airport and passing overhead. You can also hear two loud explosions, probably from Foulness Island and the Ministry of Defence (MoD), who have been making sounds heard all around this area for most of the last century. The pheasant responds to the explosions instantly on both occasions.