Being in the campsite during the day is lovely, there is a gentle hum of tractor noises, birds tweeting, and cows mooing. On the occasions I have had to go down to the farm in the middle of the night, and thankfully these are few, it is surprisingly noisy!
If you google ‘why are noises louder at night’ (and yes, I have!) you will find a number of scientific explanations including ‘temperature inversion’ and ‘refraction of sound waves’ to ‘its all in your head’. Whatever the explanation, you will probably hear noises from your tent in the darkness that won’t just be coming from your partner, so I thought I would write about what these might be.
The cows may be grazing in the next field and they make quite a low chomping sound if they are nearby. I have heard Tinky Winky at night before – he (or she, we are not sure) is a Guinea Fowl who lives on the farm and his call is quite distinct. If you google ‘guinea fowl sounds’ there will be a you tube video of a Guinea fowl so you can hear it. Another fairly common sound is the owl who lives in the Oak Trees. I am no owl expert but it gives a lovely (and surprisingly loud) “tu-wit” “wooohoo” sound, so it may be a Tawny Owl.
I have also heard from time to time a Lapwing call (which makes a peewit type noise) and a red fox scream. None of these animals have any interest in coming into a tent, and wouldn’t be able to even if they wanted to, its not the Australian Outback, there is nothing scary or dangerous here, so lie back and enjoy the show!