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
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.
The Wildlife Sound Recording Society’s (WSRS) annual sound recording competition has been won by Martin Garnett, a former Forest Ranger and professional ornithologist, for his recording entitled Black Grouse. The winning recording captures the magical bubbling calls of three blackcock, dancing and sparring as they compete to attract female birds one early morning at their remarkable courtship gathering known as a “lek”.
In addition to being the custodian of the coveted Silver Fox trophy for a year, Martin will also receive a DPA SMK4060 Stereo Miniature Microphone Kit courtesy of WSRS competition sponsor, Sound Network.
WSRS Members’ Day 2012
The 2012 WSRS Members’ Day and AGM was a terrific success. One of, if not the, highlight of the day was a fantastic presentation by Jez Riley French which revealed a whole new world of recording techniques and approaches through his use of hydrophones and contact mics. Although not all of his recordings were of wildlife they were enjoyable to listen to and even his recordings using ‘pick-ups’ to record electrical signals was relevant to wildlife as they are able to detect sounds in this elevated frequency range. Members were challenged with a Sound Quiz, had the opportunity to buy recording accessories from WSRS and most importantly were able to discuss wildlife sound recording techniques and experiences with other recordists from across Europe.
WSRS 2012 Spring Field Meeting
As a departure from the usual extended weekend spring field meeting, this year WSRS held a week-long meeting on Islay on the west coast of Scotland. The event was fully subscribed and the recordists enjoyed a superb week of weather in an otherwise disappointing spring. There was sunshine almost every day and on almost every day the wind dropped in the late evening and stayed near calm until well after dawn.
Fantastic, scenery, fantastic recording opportunities (including Corncrake and Chough) and good company, all facilitated by the generous help and guidance of reserve wardens and local bird experts made this one of the best field meetings for many years.
Over 50 pages packed with articles on bioacoustics, meeting reports, equipment reviews, recording expeditions and much, much more...
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