A core aim of the society is to encourage participation in the collection of these wonderful sounds, and to promote the need to understand their meanings.
Through its members, the Society fosters developing recording skills and techniques as well as promoting the study of bioacoustics. Members of WSRS benefit from learning about how to go about recording wildlife sounds, where to go, what equipment to use, what to do with the sounds that have been captured, as well as being alerted to some of the pit-falls to avoid.
New to wildlife sound recording? Take a look at our newcomer's guide to find out what you need to get started at a modest cost.
When you have reviewed the website, we hope that you will see the many benefits of joining WSRS so that you can develop your interest into a hugely fulfilling pastime. Why not join with the rest of us in capturing and listening to the sounds of nature to experience and learn more about the spectacular natural world about us.
We look forward to meeting with you all.
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Read the WSRS news article, "Identifying birds from their songs", on the IDCD website
Listen to "Just off the Moor" by WSRS member Paul Pratley
The Natural History Museum invited WSRS to take part in their Big Nature Day. This was a great opportunity for WSRS to network with the public and organisations involved in many aspects of wildlife conservation. Despite the soaring temperatures, there was a constant flow of young families and wildlife enthusiasts through the exhibition stalls, with a total of over 4000 people visiting the event. Children in particular were keen to listen to our recordings, with insect and underwater sounds being the biggest hits.
Many people take sound for granted and it is a poor relation to film and video, hopefully through this event and other outreach activities, such as a presence at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust events at the London Wetlands Centre, WSRS is starting to redress the balance.
The Wildlife Sound Recording Society’s (WSRS) annual sound recording competition has been won by Peter Toll, a musician and sound recordist, for his recording entitled Death Watch Beetle in a Living Oak Tree. The winning recording features several individual male beetles serenading their females. Not only are the intimate sounds interesting in their own right, but the different timbres of each individual male's calls and the stereo imagery make the recording especially special.
In addition to being the custodian of the coveted Silver Fox trophy for a year, Peter will also receive a DPA SMK4060 Stereo Miniature Microphone Kit courtesy of WSRS competition sponsor, Sound Network.
WSRS Members Day and Annual General Meeting 2013
The annual competition was as usual well supported by the membership with some fantastic and worthy winning entries by both established and new members. This year’s overall winner receiving the coveted Silver Fox trophy was Peter Toll for his recording of ‘Death Watch Beetle in a Living Oak Tree’. It was recorded using contact mics which he buried in the decaying wood of the tree.
As overall winner Peter received a DPA 4060 microphone kit generously donated by our sponsor Sound Network. WSRS is grateful to receive this ongoing support from a leading recording equipment distributor
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Spring field meeting, May 2013, Deepdale, Norfolk
The Norfolk meeting in May proved a great success, not only a fantastic opportunity to catch up with fellow recordists but also a really good place to pick up some quality second-hand equipment and bespoke microphone windshields.
The weather was however challenging with strong winds on some of the days, but with Avocets and Brent Geese calling, plus heathland, marshland the woodland birds (and the occasional mammal) calling there were no complaints.
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