Search is on to find the top coastal sound

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The search to find the country’s favourite coastal sound is nearing it climax.

Hundreds of sounds have been put forward by residents in the competition organised by the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and the British Library.

Now, a final ten have been selected for a public vote – including kittiwakes in Northumberland – with the online poll closing on Thursday, August 27.

Cheryl Tipp, curator of wildlife and environment sounds at the British Library, who helped to curate the list of ten sounds, said: “In just six weeks we’ve had some brilliant recordings which show just how diverse the sounds of the coast really are.

“We want to showcase some of the best sounds while encouraging more people to get involved, especially over the summer holiday period.

“The poll will help us identify what people find so special about the coast; what sounds can truly transport them there and are so important to them.

“At the end of the project all of the sounds that appear on the map will then be added to the British Library’s Sound Archive, where they will join more than 6.5 million sounds dating back to the birth of recorded sound in the 19th century.”

All of the sounds will be added to the British Library Sound Archive – creating a snapshot of the beautiful and diverse UK coastline that future generations will be able to hear.

To get involved in the project visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coastal-sounds