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In the current edition

Officers' Reports

50th Anniversary and AGM
Recording Rarities
Schedule 1 Species List

WSRS 2017 Competition

Thoughts from a Judge
To Catch a (Silver) Fox


Serins Response to Manmade Noise
Airport Noise & Song Bird Timing
Imperfect Imposters
Recording Nocturnal Migration
High Intensity Light Alters Migration

Equipment & Technique

Nagra 7 Review
Soundfield ST 450
Practical Ambisonics - Part 2

Field Meetings

Spring Meeting on Islay:
- of Rooks & Blowholes
- Choughs, Corncrakes & Malts
- Dances with the Wind


Recording Red Deer
Wildlife Recording - What is Needed?
Recording Desertas Petrels on Bugio
Great Ape Adventure
Sweden - Part 2

Regular Columns

Letter from Utopia
Notes from the British Library
Dispatches from America:
- In Support of BioBlitz
- Tule Lake
Forthcoming Meetings & Events
Loan Kit



journal logoAutumn 2018 Edition

Unless you have only very recently joined WSRS, or have been away for several months in some inaccessible part of the world recording vocalisations from species new to science (and we do hope some of our members have - if so, your reports are eagerly awaited!), you will be aware that 2018 marks the Golden Anniversary of the Society.

Celebrations peaked with a special AGM and Members' Day, held in early July at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. The event was blessed with good weather and was well attended - notwithstanding torn loyalties for some between the AGM and the World Cup! We are pleased to be able to bring you three accounts of that special occasion, as well as reflections from several of the officers in their regular reports.

Having devoted significant column space to the history of the Society in the Spring 2018 edition, we have returned to our more normal smorgasbord of offerings this Autumn. Society field meetings remain a valuable means of interacting with other members in a hands-on setting; sharing advice, encouragement and practical skills. In May this year, thirteen members attended the Spring Field Meeting on Islay and returned with enthusiastic accounts and many hours of recordings. Three members have provided reports which, taken collectively, offer a great insight into how members with different abilities and interests approached, perceived and benefited from the weekend (in other words, whatever your interest, these meetings offer something for you).

Recent editions of the journal have included a number of accounts of personal recording expeditions, and it is apparent that WSRS members continue to travel far and wide. In this edition, Pete Smith takes us back to Sweden as he searches for the Capercaillie, and we join Colin Hunter in the Congo on a Great Ape Adventure. We also answer a question that many of us have asked: "how can one secure recordings of Desertas Petrels?" (What do you mean, you have never heard of the Desertas Petrel...?) The answer is, "with great difficulty and a very good head for heights." We find out more, as we scramble up the steep, rocky slopes of Bugio (a small island in the middle of the Atlantic) with Magnus Robb and friends. Closer to home (for those in the UK), Paul Pratley has been 'stuck in a rut' - or at least he has tried to be - for several years. He shares the many trials and tribulations he has encountered during his perennial pursuit of red deer recordings.

For those interested in the latest research, Dr Jenny York presents some of the fascinating work which she is involved with studying female cuckoo calls, and Patrick Franke takes us into the world of acoustic monitoring of nocturnal bird migration.

Equipment reviews continue to be of interest to many members, and we are pleased to look at two pieces of equipment which are not at all well covered elsewhere - the Nagra 7 recorder and the Soundfield ST 450 microphone. Dr Enda Bates also continues his discussion of practical ambisonics and offers us a sample Reaper project to experiment with.

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