Category: Soundscape Recordings

26/10/19. Leighton Moss: Grisedale hide at dusk.

October is red deer rutting time at Leighton Moss, and so I spent some time on this late afternoon sitting outside Grisedale hide listening to them bellow.   Unfortunately, even late in the day the traffic noise by the reserve is unrelenting.   The sound of bellowing red deer sits right in the midst of ...

26/10/19. Waders on the shore at Silverdale, Lancashire, as the tide comes in and the rain comes down.

The tide came in at about 9:30pm or so that evening.  it was raining.  About an hour before high tide there are hundreds of waders feeding on the sandbanks in Morecambe Bay.  The tide gradually pushes them off, and they often leave in large groups, sometimes coming further inland; sometimes going back out to the ...

12/05/19. Dawn Chorus in the woods at Cominac. Part II

Sitting there in the dark, surrounded by forest sounds was wonderful. The first birds of the morning followed by some barking deer.   Then lots of rustling sounds all around, from foraging deer I think.  A cuckoo starts up; then more deer barking.   The chorus reaches a crescendo; and the tawny owls are still ...

12/05/19. Dawn Chorus in the woods at Cominac. Part I

I sat on a comfortable and quiet rotting log by the track after setting up my microphones in a wood clearing.  It was quite early; about 5am, and there was very little sound except for those noises made by those of us present setting up our kit across the forest to record the dawn chorus. ...

10/05/19. Black redstarts in Aulus-les-Bains before dawn.

I sat on a bench in the quiet narrow winding streets of Aulus well before dawn and waited for the Black Redstarts.  In the background the River Garbet can be heard as it continues to empty the spring thaw down the valley. Black redstarts are quite rare in the UK; I had never heard one ...

10/05/19. Meadow above Aulus-les-Bains

Beautiful secluded meadow near Ustou, above Aulus-les-Bains; late afternoon.  I sat at the edge of a boggy corner of this meadow and listened to the bees and other insects together with lots of birds. This is a short excerpt from the hour I spent there.   Unfortunately, there were also lots of plane noises, and ...

21/05/19. Skokholm harbour tide, seals and birds late morning.

This was recorded just before noon on the track just down a bit from the lime kiln.  It was a warm sunny morning; the tide was still receding.  Lots of birds, and seals.  The seals start their grunting, hissing,  belching and singing around 2:25 on the recording. (Don’t turn this up too loud.  It sounds ...

24/05/19. Storm Petrels and Shearwaters.

A magical thing happens on Skokholm this time of year as it gets dark.   If there is no moon, or if it’s sufficiently cloudy, then some of Skokholm’s most precious seabirds become audibly active and eventually take flight out to sea to feed, or alternately return from sea with food. Storm petrels like to ...

24/05/19. Dawn chorus at the Well, Skokholm.

Dawn chorus at the well; just behind the mist nets.  Recorded at about 5:00am. Dominated by wren and sedge warbler, and gulls.   The sea too, of course.   I think there is a woodcock very briefly in there too.  Oyster catchers join in later. There is also the distant sound of foghorns as it ...

15/06/19. Guillemots at Stack Rocks and Green Bridge of Wales

This beautiful spot is on the coastal path, and access by car is limited because you must travel through the army tank training grounds near Merrion, Pembrokeshire.   The setting is spectacular, and just a few yards from the car park you encounter the series of stacks (large, freestanding rock pillars formed from former “bridges” ...