About the WSRS
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.
Chris Watson WSRS President
The Society is proud and honoured to have as its president the acclaimed wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson. Chris is well-known across the world for his recordings which have featured in many natural history programmes; on radio and television including the BBC’s series ‘Frozen Planet’; with David Attenborough which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012). https://www.chriswatson.net
- To encourage the recording of wildlife sounds.
- To offer opportunities for technical improvement and scientific study.
- To further the appreciation and understanding of animal language.
There are at least two meetings of the Society during the year:
- Members' Day takes place in the Autumn; after the AGM business meeting, a speaker is invited to talk on a subject of particular interest to members. A buffet meal is included in the day's programme and members have opportunities for discussion, exchanging news and getting advice.
- The Spring Meeting, held in a locality that offers scope for recording in the field, is arranged over a Spring weekend; this gives ample time for members to exchange ideas on equipment, techniques, etc.
- Technical Workshops are held every two years to give practical help in the use of equipment and techniques used to record and analyse natural sounds.
Additionally, field and indoor meetings are arranged during the year by members at local and regional levels.
Details of upcoming meetings are listed in the events section.
Members of the society have access to a restricted area, containing:
- WSRS Forum, for discussing any aspect of natural history sound recording
- Back Issues of the "Wildlife Sound" WSRS journal, dating back nearly 50 years.
- Past recordings made by its members
- Members are able to comment on WSRS Sound Magazine CD.
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.
"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 . Find out more about the current issue.
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.
Members can view back issues of the journals, have access to the WSRS members forum and comment on the Sound Magazine plus much more, all from the members' section
Read more about how to join or download an forms in PDF format here.