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Tall Forest

by Andrew Skeoch

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This recording represents the extraordinary diversity of wildlife in southeast Australia's mountain eucalypt forests. Many of the species heard here are endemic to these cool rainforest habitats.

These ancient ecosystems display the living history of the Australian continent, containing ancient tree and fern species that are remnants of wetter, Gondwanan epochs.

Tragically, these forests have been severely impacted by clearfell logging over decades. Then, in late 2019, unprecedented and devastating bushfires destroyed much of the remaining protected habitat. These delicate rainforest ecosystems will struggle to recover, if they ever do, from these impacts.

These field recordings were made in 1994, and gives you a sense of what these places once sounded like. It also represents those precious remaining pockets, now far fewer, of healthy habitat.

There is hope that, with good land management, and the underlying climate-related issues that lead to the intense wildfires addressed, these forests may once again echo to the songs and calls of those rarer species reliant upon these unique ecosystems.


released April 15, 1995

Recording locations: Errinundra National Park, Ellery Creek catchment, Roger River Wilderness - far east Gippsland, Australia


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Andrew is a master wildlife field recordist. For over 30 years, he and partner / photographer Sarah Koschak have been documenting the voices of the world's ecosystems and wild creatures. The resulting recordings have been published through their dedicated label: Listening Earth ... more

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