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Sound artist captures the dawn at Wigwell Nature Reserve

Sound artist Richard Bentley has recorded the magical sounds of dawn at Wigwell Nature Reserve to mark Dawn Chorus Day 2021, in collaboration with the Wychwood Project. 

Rising at 3am on 2nd May to record the dawn from Wigwell's brook, Richard's 38-minute track provides a beautifully relaxing immersion in the waking world. 

Richard wasn't the only one at Wigwell in the early hours of Sunday 2nd May. "I was accompanied by a rather large and very curious badger, who sauntered across the bridge to see what I was up to - my closest encounter to date," he recounted. 

To listen to Richard's recordings, visit:

Wigwell Nature Reserve is managed by the Wychwood Project with the help of the voluntary local Wigwell Friends group. In summer the site becomes a wildflower meadow with nationally rare species including Meadow Clary (Salvia pratensis). If you'd like to help manage this beautiful nature reserve, email Peter at for more information.

Miranda Davies · Fri 7 May 2021, 10:52 · Link

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