01/04/18. An Easter dawn chorus at Bleddfa.

Bleddfa sits on the road from Knighton to Pen-y-bont.  It is a particularly beautiful part of mid-Wales; the valleys stretch and turn for miles and flow into each other along the way.  At Bleddfa there is a combination of woodland and open hilly pasture land.   And of course all of these valleys are very ...

28/03/18. Extraordinary sounds at Geltsdale this morning.

This morning I went early to Geltsdale, near Brampton (near Carlisle) to track down some Curlew.  I’ve made the trip several times in the past few weeks, but the weather has been poor and my timing hasn’t been right.   I reached the meadow by Tindale Tarn and recorded between 5:45am and about 6:30am. What ...

26/03/18. The lovely frogs of Leighton Moss.

It’s springtime at Leighton Moss and this brings many things to enjoy – huge starling murmurations, elusive bitterns booming, and many other birds as well.  Indeed, it was the bitterns that brought me here yesterday evening.  But before I came across any bitterns I was entranced by the frogs.  Initially the sound is quite subtle ...

19/03/18. Campfield Marsh Reeds in winter’s last roar

I went to Campfield Marsh (near Bowness on Solway) yesterday to try to record some curlews.   Unfortunately the harsh east wind persisted all day and I wasn’t successful; indeed it seemed there were very few curlews or any other birds about! It was though a lovely day with lots of sunshine and pretty white ...

22/6/17. Early summer morning at Montali

It’s very cold here in Cumbria today; the ground is covered in snow and there is a strong icy wind from the east.   A good time to post something from last summer. Last June we visited a wonderful vegetarian country house called Montali, near Perugia.  An extraordinarily relaxing and friendly place.  And the food ...

03/03/18. Beneath the Carpinus in snowy Stapleton Wood.

It was our big snowy weekend and I set off into Stapleton wood to listen to the birds in the early morning.  But the wind was quite high, and perhaps because of the snow cover and cold the birds were not so evident. Instead I was treated to the sound of the twigs and branches ...

11/03/18. Burfa Bog dawn chorus

A foggy, cold and boggy predawn at Burfa Bog.  The trees all shrouded by mist.  And the birds were very active. I sat by the stream that runs right through the middle of the bog; its gurgling is present in the recording, though at some point the birds dominate. Ten minutes or so into the ...

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