A NEW project engaging 16-20-year olds across the Chilterns has been launched this month.

‘Echoed Locations’ will empower local communities to get out into nature and urban spaces which are significant to them and contribute to the first sonic map of the Chilterns.

As part of the five-year Chalk, Cherries and Chairs Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and spearheaded by the Chilterns Conservation Board, this project will work with youth groups, schools and local communities, providing free sound recording workshops and online resources to empower residents to map the sounds of the Chilterns.

Echoed Locations wants audio recordings from across the Chilterns, whether this is the sound of a barn owl or a steam train, a dawn chorus or morning rush hour, to create the first sonic map of the region and discover the ‘sound of the Chilterns’.

As the world becomes noisier, and yet increasingly focused on the visual, Echoed Locations aims to reconnect people with their local wildlife and cultural heritage, through the medium of sound.

Anyone can participate by adding audio recordings via the website page: www.chilternsaonb.org/echoed-locations and groups are encouraged to book a free sound recording workshop.