Listen To The Sound Of Pond Life

Noisy ponds
Someone turn the volume down!

Who knew pond life was noisy? I just love ponds and can happily spend hours sitting by ours watching the extraordinary drama played out by a vast cast of often bizarre looking animals. It had never occurred to me that under the water these characters were making the most extraordinary racket.

I stumbled across this recording from hydrophones dropped into a little Welsh pond last summer. It is absolutely astonishing.

I would love to know what was making which noise – it’s all very mysterious. Among the cacophany are apparently oxygenating plants, newts and all manner of invertebrates. Who knows? Fantastic. Forget the Big Blue – listen to the little one!

There are other fascinating underwater recordings from the British Library in this programme – do listen. They’re mainly not from exotic locations – they’re from the UK. This is exactly the sort of thing we need to engage people in the mysteries of our own natural world, just beyond their back doorsteps.