Category: Soundscape Recordings

12/9/18. Corn Crake. Aird a’ Mhachair, North Uist.

Machair is the name of a unique coastal landscape found mainly on the northwest coasts of the British Isles.   Some of the best areas for this are in Uist, off the Northwest coast of the Scottish mainland.  Machair consists of sandy soil formed of crushed seashells and lies between and among the sand dunes ...

17/05/18 – 18/05/18. Skokholm: Storm Petrels II (3 recordings).

The next evening, 18/5/18, I went out later to two different locations along another wall near the cottage and by the Northern Plain.   It was between 23:00 and 00:15, and so covered the period from almost dark, to dark.  This time I found at least 2 birds singing away, but in slightly different ways, ...

17/05/18-18/05/18. Skokholm: Storm Petrels I

Skokholm has beautiful geologic features; the dominant feature being red (raspberry coloured) sandstone.  This sandstone seems quite hard; it doesn’t weather into a smooth surface; instead it forms into shards.  These formations occur in massive scale along the coastline, and then also fracture over time into large, medium and smaller fragments.   Massive or small, ...

15/05/18. Skokholm: Chattering Guillemots on the cliffs of North Gully.

Skokholm is home to about two thousand Guillemots.  With their erect stance and funny waddle on land these lovely birds almost look like penguins from a distance.  They collect themselves in tight groups in precarious positions on the rocks and cliffs.  From a distance it looks as though they have pasted themselves onto the sheer ...

17/05/18. Skokholm. Manx Shearwaters coming and going.

Tiny Skokholm has the densest Manx Shearwater colony on earth. When it becomes dark, and the moon is either absent or obscured, the Manx Shearwaters make their move to leave their burrows, or to return to their burrows from the sea.   The photo above was of shearwaters in rafts at sea in St Brides ...

20/05/18. Skokholm: The Well, the Stream and the Sedge Warblers

The island is well provided with fresh water by a well located halfway between the cottage and the dock.   In this space there is also small pond surrounded by reeds and some small tree cover, and from this pond issues a stream flowing down into South Haven below.   This is one of the ...

16/05/18. South Haven. Skokholm Island

At low tide the seals haul themselves out to the rocks, fidget and make poses.  Some are more vocal than others; and the vocalisations range from sad songs to sneezes and retches. Many seabirds are present – Greater and Lesser Black Backed Gulls, Oyster Catchers, Razorbills, Puffins and more.   Other birds are also quite ...