Tweed sounds across the world

People across the world can now hear the sound of a Borders burn, music and voices at the click of a mouse, through a new Tweed rivers soundmap created by local artists.

Recordings include electrofishing on the Teviot, interviews with anglers David Mitchell and Ronnie Glass and with river experts from Paxton Netting, Tweed Forum and the Tweed Foundation. The soundmap also includes Borders music from Kirsty Law, Rachael Hales and the Small Hall Band, as well as environmental recordings.

The project is part of Working the Tweed – four artists and environment organisations Tweed Forum and Southern Upland Partnership. Project writer Jules Horne collaborated with Berlin-based Udo Noll from global soundmap radio aporee to create the Tweed Sound Map.

She said: “You can zoom in on a Google map and hear sounds from that place – it’s very atmospheric and interesting. We wanted to give a flavour of the distinctive sounds and voices of the Tweed catchment to highlight a sense of connection through the river.”

Meanwhile, today (April 3) Claire Pencak and Kate Foster will present Working the Tweed to European delegates at the International Biodiversity and LEADER conference at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna.

The project was selected as an example of raising awareness of biodiversity.

To access the sound map, go to