Category: Soundscape Recordings

7/5/17. Malham Cove; early morning

Drove to Malham Cove to catch the dawn chorus at the base of the large cliffs. I was a bit late, and didn’t start recording until about 7:00. But it takes the sun doesn’t make it down to the lower part of the cliffs until well past 9, so it was still quite shady down ...

17/7/17. Dawn chorus at Sunbiggin Tarn, Howgill Fells, Cumbria

Track 1. Sunbiggin Tarn, Howgill Fells, Cumbria. 17/7/17. 4:30:5:10am Near Orton, south of Penrith off the M6 (junction 38). Into the moors you come to Sunbiggin Tarn. A largish tarn with many birds; apparently more in winter, but today had its own special interest: there were hundreds of swallows ascending, dancing in the sky, descending; ...

6/4/17. Late afternoon on the old stone bridge near the Farm. Skomer.

Thursday 6th April, late afternoon and early evening; I spent the morning just walking around the island. Mid afternoon I decided to try to record some of the island’s sounds. It’s windy, so I sought out some shelter to improve my chance of recording without wind noise. I went back to the hollow through which ...

7/4/17. North Haven, Skomer. Razorbills, Seals and Gulls.

1pm and I’m sitting on the landing at North Haven where boats bring visitors into Skomer for their first experience of this most magical place. These boats often come from Martins Haven on the mainland in Wales. Right now there is no activity; i have the uneven and slippery steps, the view across North Haven, ...

7/4/17. Shearwaters return from evening feeding, Skomer.

Back to the same place I recorded their departure the night before. It is still very quiet. Some gulls overhead, but not much to start with. I can’t see anything. But I can begin to hear the Shearwaters returning. Earth sounds as they re-enter their burrows; brush and grass being pushed aside by rapid flutters ...

6/4/17 Shearwaters leave Skomer for nightly feeding

On the way back from the warden’s evening Bird Log and Lecture I set off about 100 metres downhill into the shallow valley to the south of the Farm. On the way back I had heard underground noises of Shearwaters from their burrows. This suggested to me that they all hadn’t yet made their evening ...

13/2/17 Dawn chorus at lower wood, Acorn Bank

On the banks of Crowdundle Beck (which features quite prominently in the background of this recording).  Woodpeckers, woodpigeons, crows and lots of other things I can’t identify.  Sheep in the background as well.

17/2/17 Leighton Moss

Leighton Moss is a nature reserve near Lancaster with a very large complex of reedbeds.  This was just a short visit, and there weren’t many birds to hear – but I got a little here.   Some very harsh sounding pheasants nearby, and some interesting birds in the distance.   People and traffic noise – ...

3/3/17 Dawn chorus at Gilfach nature reserve

Dawn chorus at Gilfach; near Rhayader.   Gilfach is a beautiful and quiet nature reserve about 40 minutes from Stapleton in mid-Wales.   You can hear the river (where otters and salmon can be seen if you are there at the right time of year), and lots of lovely birds that I can’t identify!  

16/3/17 Dawn Chorus Stapleton Wood

Dawn chorus in Stapleton Wood; on the forest track just before the sharp turn into the thick woods. There is, as with all such recordings, a certain order of events.  Owls see off the evening; then come the robins, tits and blackbirds.  Buzzards can be heard too.  (In this recording there are some very active ...