For my installation I want to envelop the visitor in the sound of the outdoors, to make them feel as though they are really there in the Great Bustard’s environment. Originally they lived in the Norfolk and Suffolk Brecks before becoming extinct.


Label reads: Great Bustard, Otis tarda: These birds were once numerous in the Norfolk and Suffolk Brecks, but became extinct as a British breeding species in 1832. Unsuccessful attempts at reintroduction have been made, and the species today is a very rare vagrant to Britain. (this label is used in the Great Bustard display in the Norwich Castle Museum)

 So I started my search for  ‘the Brecks’ and discovered they are centred in and around Thetford…

The Brecks spans 392 sq. miles/1015 sq. kilometres across Norfolk and Suffolk in the heart of The East of England – one of the driest parts of Britain, a landscape of tranquil forest, open heathland and agricultural land, is home to many unique or distinctive birds, plants and animals.

I continued searching and found these great walks on the council website,

in and around Thetford, reading through them, I chose the Santon Downham long walk as this seemed to pass through a wide variety of environments.

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I stopped at many of the places in the above photos, unfortunately the walk follows alongside the trainline at points and it did interrupt some of my sound recordings.

Also you might note a mysterious low rumble, I’m afraid I was hungry and my little H1 Zoom recorded it!

Listening to the different open spaces, against the bird heavy wood spaces was something I hadn’t thought about, we obviously don’t normally analyse the sound of the space, but it was evident in what I was hearing but could my little recorder capture it?