A resurgence of sound

Let me be clear –  I am NOT saying that Coronavirus is a good thing. But it does offer us a once-in-a-lifetime chance to find out what the world would be like if we stepped back. I woke this morning to a dawn chorus that seemed exceptionally loud and detailed, full of notes and tones I can’t recall hearing before. And then the penny dropped. Those sounds had always been there, but they were normally drowned out by the sound of normal rush-hour traffic. On an essential journey to collect a prescription, I saw less road kill than usual. This year, which is so desperately bad and frightening for so many people, may give some of our wildlife an unexpected breathing space. It is just a shame that it takes a tragedy of this scale to let it happen.

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