Sunday 14 September 2008

Noise pollution

Fifteen years ago, Andrew Flintham made a best-selling recording of the birds which make up the dawn chorus. But like many rock musicians, he has been driven to distraction making that difficult second album. Asked to repeat the exercise this year for a new CD of British birdsong, he was unable to find the peace and quiet needed to make an unbroken recording of 'nature's alarm clock'. 'Since then there's been so many new roads built and more flight paths that I don't believe anyone can get a recording of the dawn chorus in Britain.’