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.
There are at least two meetings of the Society during the year:
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.
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 or read a sample (Autumn 2013).
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.
(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.