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Emily Mullis

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'This is the sound of my morning dog walk in the woods in beckfields, Ingleby Barwick. In this recording you'll hear blackbirds, wrens, wood pigeons, my footsteps on the gravel path, the tinkle of luna's collar and plenty of other gorgeous sounds. My phone recorder isn't the best quality but you can still hear some lovely sounds. This particular stretch of path is my favourite as it meets a group of big (yet still young) oak trees who are somewhere between 50-100 years old I reckon. There's something about the oak tree that's quite magical. Home to hundreds of species, the oak is such a vital part of our English woodlands. I'm not sure it caught it on the recording but I heard a greater spotted woodpecker in the canopy above me there too! Matbe I'll go back another day to try to record it! There are younger oaks dotted around the wood too which gives me hope for the future generations of all beings,not just humans. This stretch of woodland is a haven of beauty in between the urban sprawling streets of Ingleby Barwick. Learning to name the different species of flora and fauna (and fungi!) as I go reminds me that I'm only a tiny part of this massive ecosystem... '