Most of us use our eyes to identify birds, but we miss so much if we don’t listen as well. The International Dawn Chorus Day is a great opportunity to give your ears an opportunity to take precedence over your eyes and give you a whole new understanding of the wildlife around you. As the leaves expand on the trees, it gets harder to see birds, but their calls and songs tell you immediately who is present: which is a real bonus when they hide behind a canopy of leaves.
The Wildlife Sound Recording Society has a wealth of natural history and recording expertise amongst its members. They capture the beauty of bird-song and would encourage everyone to listen more to the wildlife around them. The society is very welcoming to anyone wishing to learn more about making recordings of wildlife. The links below take you to recordings of the songs and calls of some of our common garden birds and also to a few which are less common in our gardens but are found in woodlands throughout the UK.
Sound recordists often use the equivalent of a photographer’s telephoto lens to ‘get close’ to a singing bird. Their ‘lens’ is a parabolic dish which amplifies the bird-song and focuses the sound onto a microphone allowing the sound to be ‘captured’ by a digital recorder.
WSRS has teamed up with The Wildlife Trusts to encourage their younger members to get involved in making sound recordings. A news article about what we are doing can be found here and more recent information is available to Wildlife Trust members. WSRS is also working with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust to promote interest in and appreciation of bird-sounds. The Society work closely with the British Library to promote the scientific study of wildlife sounds. Please take a tour of our website we hope you enjoy the experience.
The Wildlife Sound Recording Society