Category: Soundscape Recordings

13/01/18 Winter’s dawn chorus of ravens, owls, crows and buzzards at Stapleton Wood.

I went to sit in the wood on a cold January morning from 7:15-8:15am to listen to the activity in the bleak midwinter.   It was fascinating and beautiful.  I have included some fragments from that session here. The ravens were first on the scene, croaking their way across the sky; seemingly often in pairs. ...

23/2/18. Flock of Geese at Campfield Marsh

Campfield Marsh is one of a number of reserves on the Solway Firth just west of Carlisle.  I think it is the principal site for the RSPB up here; there is a nice welcoming and informative visitor centre; the staff are very knowledgeable and helpful.  The reserve is beautiful to walk around, and I’ve visited ...

4/5/17. Tindale Tarn, Geltsdale, near Brampton, north Cumbria.

Geltsdale is a remote nature reserve near Brampton, just east of Carlisle.  It sits quite high in the Pennine foothills and is mostly moorland.   I walked in from the RSPB carpark about a mile or so to reach the RSPB centre; then past the centre and stopped on the path just past Tarn Cottage.  ...

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, ...