WSRS: A newcomer’s perspective

A warm greeting to all the members of WSRS that I met at the Deepdale Wildlife Sound Recording Society workshop at the beginning of the month! It was a real pleasure to meet you all and to learn so much from your experience.

I’m writing this blog as an individual with experience in recording music and post-production techniques, but my skills in observing wildlife are slim to none. It is something I’m very interested in learning as I have a keen passion for nature and conservation. It was this interest that led me to join the Wildlife Sound Recording Society and sign up for the recording workshop!

The workshop was situated in a beautiful part of English countryside in Norfolk that I’d never been to before and we stayed in a pleasant hostel with friendly receptionists and shops nearby. Even just getting out of Scotland for the weekend to an area I’ve never visited was enjoyable in its own right!

From what I gathered from the workshop, there are (loosely) two types of members in the society: Members like me who come from an audio recording background and are getting into nature, and those who are naturalists getting into recording. Both interests are extremely vast subjects and can take a lifetime’s work to truly master but if you are interested in both, the effort and dedication is extremely rewarding as I’m sure you’ll all agree.

At the workshop we covered various technical elements like microphone choice and recording set-ups, but I feel that getting a chance to know and converse with the other members of the society at the workshop was the most beneficial part for me. I learned a great deal from the conversations on fieldcraft and the preparation of recording your chosen subject. Most of all, the weekends activities inspired me to get out and get recording as soon and as much as possible, which is immensely valuable.

Looking forward to many a successful recording sessions and the WSRS meetings in the future.

On a side note, today I was out in Carrifran embarking on a new project to record the soundscapes of different forest types in Scotland. Sadly I never got any useful recordings due to improper wind protection for the mics…. A good lesson in the importance of preparation and fieldcraft!

Sam Guthrie

One thought on “WSRS: A newcomer’s perspective

  1. Sam
    Good to meet you in Norfolk, and glad that you got some inspiration.
    As you found out in Carrifran, the only real way to learn is to be out there!

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