The Society was formed in 1968 and now has a membership of around 300. Members come from all parts of the UK as well as Europe and as far afield as Australasia, America, Canada, India, Taiwan and Uruguay. We aim to:
- encourage the recording of wildlife sounds;
- offer opportunities for technical improvement and scientific study; and
- further the appreciation and understanding of animal ‘language’.
There are at least two meetings of the Society during the year. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held in July and we gather for field trips, usually once in spring and once in winter but there are often regional gatherings at other times of the year. Technical workshops give practical help in the use of equipment and techniques used to record and analyse natural sounds. Details of upcoming meetings are listed in the events section of the main website.
Our blog is where you are now! This is a collection of stories from members on their sound recording trips, equipment trials and wildlife experiences.
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Our Sound Magazine CD is produced four times a year. It is compiled from members’ work and includes a wide variety of items from both new and more experienced recordists. Containing comparisons and contrasting recordings made by members from around the world, it also gives guidance on recording techniques and equipment, with examples.
Our journal, Wildlife Sound, is published twice a year. All members are invited to submit articles; these include reports on equipment, advice, analysis, field techniques, projects, meetings etc. You can read selected articles here or read a sample (Spring 2006).
Three or four newsletters are sent out during the year between the publication of the Journal with updated information about forthcoming events and activities.
The Society runs two competitions a year. One is for short documentaries about any subject relevant to wildlife sounds. The other covers individual animals, species, encounters and habitat. The winning entries are played at the AGM and are featured on the Sound Magazine.
Wildlife Section, British Library Sound Archive
(formerly known as the National Sound Archive)
Many recordings made by our members are deposited for reference and scientific study purposes with the Wildlife Section of the British Library Sound Archive, a practice which they encourage.