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Ferry foghorns in UK's top 10 sounds; NATIONAL TRUST PUTS MERSEY WATERFRONT ICON ON SHORTLIST.

Byline: ABIGAIL O'LEARY ECHO Reporter abigail.oleary@trinitymirror.com abigail.oleary@

THE sound of ferry foghorns on the River Mersey has made it into the top ten of the nation's favourite seaside sounds.

In a scheme run by the National Trust, the public were asked to submit their favourite sounds from their most loved seaside spots around the county, which were then shortlisted to a top ten.

The sound of ferries and their foghorns moving through the fog on the Mersey came out as one of the country's best-loved sounds, along with dredging for oysters in Brightlingsea, Essex, and the raft race in Mumbles, South Wales.

Almost 400 sounds have already been uploaded by the public for the "sounds of our shores" scheme and now 10 of the most evocative sounds have been selected for a public vote online, which aims to encourage more people to get involved and to help identify what makes the coast special to Britain.

The poll is the start of a three-month project to create a "sound map" of the country's coastline that will be added to the British Library's Sound Archive.

Curator of wildlife and environment sounds at the British Library, Cheryl Tipp, said: "In just six weeks, we've had some brilliant recordings which show just how diverse the sounds of the coast really are.

"We want to showcase some of the best sounds and the poll will help us identify what people find so special about the coast.

"At the end of the project, all the sounds that appear on the map will then be added to the British Library's Sound Archive, where they will join more than 6.5m sounds dating back to the birth of the recorded sound in the 19th century."

To hear the sounds and take part in the poll, which is open until August 27, and to find out more about the "sounds of our shores" scheme, visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coastal-sounds

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