Category: Soundscape Recordings

24/02/19. Titley Pool late Winter chorus

It was a cold frosty misty morning at Titley Pool; a nice quiet Sunday with less traffic noise on the nearby Presteigne-Kington road than a weekday.   The earlier sunrise, today at 7:15am, also helps because people are still asleep.  Recorded on the bank of the pool, near the bird hide. I recorded the sounds ...

11/02/19. Burfa Bog Dawn Chorus

Burfa Bog is a small nature reserve in Powys, owned and managed by the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust.  It’s about 5 miles from where I live.  It encompasses an old motte and bailey castle mound, and a few acres of stream, bog, tussocky grassland and woodland.   It is a lovely place to hear the strengthening ...

03/01/19 Starlings at Aberystwyth Royal Pier

Every year in the Autumn and Winter months thousands of starlings gather every evening to roost in the Victorian iron structure of the pier at Aberystwyth.    They arrive in large groups from the land and collect in still larger groups to do their amazing synchronised flying before settling into their very close and noisy ...

11/06/18. Noisy pond at Balranald, North Uist.

There is a wonderful walk at RSPB Balranald.  I went there in search of corn crakes, but the walk offers so much more; it takes you out along and through the sand dunes, past the machair fields with their white wind blown soils, and into that space just beyond the beaches where all sorts of ...

12/06/18. The Machair at Dusk!! Aird a’ Mhachair, North Uist.

Lots of seabirds and other birds calling after the sun goes down.   Down a track that leads to the MoD testing area.  The microphones are in the field.  I am sitting in the car for 3 hours trying not to disturb what’s going on.   Unlike the night before, this was a very still ...

13/06/18. Squeaky trees in Coille Langais during storm Hector.

It was going to be a very windy day on Uist, so I headed for the woods.  There aren’t many woods on north Uist, but there are some:  I went to Coille Langais (Langass woods) next to the ancient burial mound, Barpa Langais. These woods have a nice history; established in 1969 by the Forestry ...

June 2018. The sounds of water in the Cairngorms.

In her magnificent book, The Living Mountain, Nan Shepherd describes the contribution of water in its many forms to the unique character of the Cairngorms.   She celebrates its ever-presence in the landscape, and the various ways we experience it through all of our own senses. “On one short stretch of burn the ear may ...