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A warm welcome to the Wildlife Sound Recording Society (WSRS) website. The Society welcomes anyone who is interested in or has an appreciation of the sounds made by wildlife.

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.

More video's hereWSRS's Chris Watson and Sir David Attenborough in conversation

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.

MEMBER'S: Sound Magazine 173 out now!

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International Dawn Chorus Day 5 May 2013

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

Wildlife sound recording - a personal view from Alan Burbidge
International Dawn Chorus Day
Summer of WildlifeSummer of Wildlife at the
Natural History Museum
13th  July 2013

The Natural History Museum invited WSRS to take part in their Big Nature Day. This was a great opportunity for WSRS to network with the public and organisations involved in many aspects of wildlife conservation. Despite the soaring temperatures, there was a constant flow of young families and wildlife enthusiasts through the exhibition stalls, with a total of over 4000 people visiting the event. Children in particular were keen to listen to our recordings, with insect and underwater sounds being the biggest hits.

Many people take sound for granted and it is a poor relation to film and video, hopefully through this event and other outreach activities, such as a presence at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust events at the London Wetlands Centre, WSRS is starting to redress the balance.

Silver Fox Winner 2013

The Wildlife Sound Recording Society’s (WSRS) annual sound recording competition has been won by Peter Toll, a musician and sound recordist, for his recording entitled Death Watch Beetle in a Living Oak Tree. The winning recording features several individual male beetles serenading their females. Not only are the intimate sounds interesting in their own right, but the different timbres of each individual  male's calls and the stereo imagery make the recording especially special.

In addition to being the custodian of the coveted Silver Fox trophy for a year, Peter will also receive a DPA SMK4060 Stereo Miniature Microphone Kit courtesy of WSRS competition sponsor, Sound Network.

WSRS Members Day and Annual General Meeting 2013

Sound NetworkThe annual competition was as usual well supported by the membership with some fantastic and worthy winning entries by both established and new members. This year’s overall winner receiving the coveted Silver Fox trophy was Peter Toll for his recording of ‘Death Watch Beetle in a Living Oak Tree’. It was recorded using contact mics which he buried in the decaying wood of the tree.

As overall winner Peter received a DPA 4060 microphone kit generously donated by our sponsor Sound Network. WSRS is grateful to receive this ongoing support from a leading recording equipment distributor
[click here for the press release]

Spring field meeting, May 2013, Deepdale, Norfolk

The Norfolk meeting in May proved a great success, not only a fantastic opportunity to catch up with fellow recordists but also a really good place to pick up some quality second-hand equipment and bespoke microphone windshields.

The weather was however challenging with strong winds on some of the days, but with Avocets and Brent Geese calling, plus heathland, marshland the woodland birds (and the occasional mammal) calling there were no complaints.

Wildlife Sound Spring 2009 cover COMING SOON FOR WSRS MEMBERS!

The Autumn 2013 edition of the WSRS Journal "Wildlife Sound".

Over 40 pages packed with articles on bioacoustics, meeting reports, equipment reviews, recording expeditions and much, much more...

Sound Network The annual Wildlife Sound Recording Society Competition is in receipt of generous sponsorship from Sound Network The Sound Network Prize goes to the best recording in the competition.

In 2013 the prize was won by Peter Toll for his superb Death Watch Beetle recording.The winning recording features several individual male beetles serenading their females. Not only are the intimate sounds interesting in their own right, but the different timbres of each individual  male's calls and the stereo imagery make the recording especially special. The prize was a DPA SMK4060 Stereo Miniature Microphone Kit The Wildlife Sound Recording Society wishes to thank Sound Network for their continued support in raising the quality of natural history sound recording.

The inclusion of any item on any page of this website, is based on an individual's comments and experiences, and are not an endorsement by the Wildlife Sound Recording Society.
The opinions expressed are those of the individual authors and not necessarily those of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society.

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