Bumble is an ongoing search for the sounds of the UK's bumblebee species.
The long-term project consists of a series of location-based recordings with interwoven, narrative voice-overs. I'm hoping to record all 25 UK bumblebee species, including the recently reintroduced Bombus subterraneus; this is a huge challenge and could take years, but I'm determined to get there.
As with all of my work, it's best enjoyed in quiet moments, away from noise and ideally with a good-quality loudspeaker system or pair of headphones.
Recordings to date have been added to a dedicated Google Map (embedded below). For the first time, you can navigate through a project geographically by clicking/tapping each pin and following the link to the relevant project entry. In the future, I hope to modify this map to incorporate layers of technical and conservation-focused metadata, which should provide additional context.
The first project entry, Beginnings, is available now:
I'm incredibly grateful to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust for all their help and support with this so far.
Updates in the coming weeks, as each entry is uploaded.