Springwatch in the afternoon - Gary Moore's sound quiz - 30 May

Thursday 30 May 2013, 14:39

 Nick Baker Nick Baker Naturalist and presenter

Any ideas what this is? Wildlife sound recordist Gary Moore has challenged me to identify a new sound.

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Wildlife sound recordist Gary Moore has set a new challenge for 30th May.

Join me at 3pm on BBC Two and I'll tell you what it is. The correct answer will be on the blog shortly after the programme. Good luck!

The answer is: a beaver gnawing a piece of wood.


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    Comment number 41.

    I think this sounds like a beaver gnawing a tree.

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    Comment number 42.

    Deer adult or baby

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    Comment number 43.

    A beaver biting into some wood

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    Comment number 44.

    beaver beaver beaver!

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    Comment number 45.

    I think it may be the sound of wild boar grunting.

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    Comment number 46.

    A beaver chewing on wood

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    Comment number 47.

    The noise is hedgehogs mating.

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    Comment number 48.

    i think it might be a badger

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    Comment number 49.

    Hey, Team!

    Nowhere else to raise this one, so here goes:

    Ynys-Yr is in the Dyfi Estuary, south of Machynlleth, north of Aberystwyth on a main tourist route, so well sited for lots of visitors.

    But the Mawddach Estuary has a RSPB viewing hut at Penmaenpool and a sanctuary away from the river itself at the Barmouth Bridge end of the Mawddach Trail. The bridge at Penmaen is a delight, the trail from there to the Barmouth rail bridge the most beautiful (and flat) country trail you will find anywhere and Barmouth Rail bridge walkway is a sheer joy.

    What's more, many birds are far, far easier to see on the Mawddach Estuary walk than at Ynys-yr, particularly shellducks, proud herons, handsome bold cormorants, dippers, oyster catchers mob handed by the rail bridge, geese in profusion, crested grebes, finches and feeder friendly robins.

    Rarer birds seem much rarer - much rarer than in Ynys-Yr.

    The apparent capitalisation for birds, bird studying and watching at Ynys-Yr compared with the minimal investment on the Mawddach (the hide and the reserve are wholly unnecessary to see in profusion all the birds I've mentioned above) and the relative scarcities of rarer species, prompts me to an heretical question:

    Are 'you'/'they' 'seeding' the Ynys-Yr locality with specially chosen food sources to attract, particularly migrant, birds to the estuary?

    I ask because the Mawddach, offering much more to the walker or cyclist, is to the (near) north.

    If you are, perhaps for reasons of tourist provision and so funding, perhaps because of the proximity of Aberystwyth with its appropriate university departments and BBC organisations, wouldn't that be to distort patterns of bird distribution away, in the case of the Mawddach, from areas where they may more naturally belong?

    'Let's study nature by bringing it to us, seducing it from other even nicer parts' cannot be the slogan Chris uses when he gives his talks on the Aberystwyth University campus, nor can it be one to endear itself to Julia Bradbury, who in her recent televised visit declared the trail 'Wonderful' or ('Bendigedig!') and rightly observed that even the livestock, let alone the wild life, there seems happier and livelier than any farm animals she had ever seen.

    Personally I'm glad the huge capitalisation at Ynys-Yr is not messing up the Mawddach and that cafes and carparks on the Trail itself are mercifully absent or minimal. But if you/they tell us what bait you're using, if you are, I'll try to ameliorate the distribution of very rare species by making such provision here.

    PS For years now I've been meaning to congratulate Michaela Strachan on her career path - a truly impressive trajectory from 'The Hitman and Her' days! PPE.

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    Comment number 50.

    Maybe one of the presenters searching through their wallet!!
    Or some sort of Beatle having the munches..

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    Comment number 51.

    No, I've changed my mind! I think it's someone scratching off hardened chewing gum from the sound engineers box!

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    Comment number 52.

    Okay, what's the answer, or have I missed it somewhere?

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    Comment number 53.

    wasp/hornet eating wood for nest

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    Comment number 54.

    Did Gary Moore know that there was Gary Moore on American TV? Bing, time's up! His real name was Garrison Morfit. (OK, he had another first name.)

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    Comment number 55.

    I say it is Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver


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