An important job for IgoMANGO is to offer support to and facilitate communication between Non-Governmental- Organisations (N.G.O.s). One of these ventures operates between The Barn Owl Trust of Devon, U.K and The Barn Owl Foundation of Zalá County, Hungary. There are several crucial differences between the British and Continental sub species of Barn Owl which are being analysed with simultaneous studies between these two organisations. Interestingly, the Hungarian Barn Owl is actually referred to as a Church Owl because it likes to roost higher up in church towers.
This exciting collaboration is one of many funded by the Leonardo Mobility Scheme which provides full support to working and volunteering placements between European countries.
Due to the success of this exchange, a major Hungarian television station has decided to make a programme about the differing Barn Owl Conservation strategies between the countries and began filming in Devon in March.
Via the link below are several soundbites from the inter-cultural exchanges during the making of this documentary.
Follow this link to listen:
Some External Link that may be helpful:
Barn Owl Wiki:
Barn Owl Trust UK:
Barn Owl Foundation, Hungary:
In February the IgoMANGO project form Sharpham estate were invited to contribute to the weekly ‘Wellbeing and Transition’ show at Phonic FM in Exeter. This weekly broadcast examines environmental and sustainability issues through experimental sound and debate.
As well as some important publicity for the IgoMANGO project there was an opportunity for Sharpham Sounds which compiled a sonorous synopsis of the ‘The Story So Far’. This can be heard by clicking the link below and hitting play on the archive.org page that follows:
The salt marshes along the river Dart estuary are an important habitat for wildlife and a uniquely interesting area of tidal influence. The inter-tidal reed beds of the Sharpham estate support many birds and animals including rarer species such as reed warblers and European otters to name but a few.
The area has recently become even more important due to a habitat mitigation project that is due start in the near future. The idea is to offset the environmental impact of the development of a marina further down stream by funding a comprehensive conservation project of the marshes on the Sharpham Estate.
These marshes also provide a richly diverse soundscape, especially around dusk time. A Mid-March field recording of which can be heard by following the link below and listening to the 90second recording:
Coppicing is an ancient woodland management technique that has been used for millennia to yield a crop of long straight wooden poles for many building techniques and craft activities. It is also a useful way of conserving woodland for many forms of wildlife and in particular Britain’s endangered Hazel Dormouse, which uses the canopy cover to navigate between coppice stools (or stumps) which they hibernate in for over 6months of the year.
The practice forms a crucial part of the conservation work done by the IgoMANGO volunteers from Sharpham. In February the group took a trip to Eastern Hill Farm near Exeter, Devon where they were carefully instructed by Stuart in the art of coppicing simultaneously for wildlife conservation and a healthy yield of coppice poles.
Please follow the link below and click play in the top right of the page to hear an excerpt from this informative workshop:
You may also find it useful to refer to these wikipedia articles that explain in further detail some of these issues whilst listening to the sounds:
In February 2010 the Nature at Sundown events programme ran one of a series of canoe trips along the river dart, from Totnes to Sharpham and back. As the sun went down the 12 person crew experienced this crucial transition and its affect on wildlife. Pay particular attention to the sound of the birds.
Follow the link and click play to listen to this small excerpt:
An informal interview with Edrik, who manages this East Devon District Council nature reserve. The constant and intelligent cutting back of the phragmites reeds had provided an excellent habitat for wildlife here and especially for an increasing bird population.
Follow the link and click play to listen:
‘Reed’ about Phragmites here:
There is a Woodland Platform being built somewhere on the Sharpham Estate. It’s hoped that the end result is a resource for environmental education but in its current state it sounds more like a cryptic musical instrument that sonorously describes the trees it’s attached to.
Hear the sounds of the Creaking Platform by following the link below and clicking play: