Winters Farm, Stambridge, aeroplanes B, 2016
This is the second 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 Webster and Jason at MCS 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 the drone of the refrigerated ‘egg lorry’ which had pulled up at the chicken farm (I know this as I used to work here for several years. You can also see a silo of the farm in the photograph), a twin engine FlyBe aircraft on its way to Rennes and an Easy Jet taking people to Malaga.