We are pleased to announce that we now have the Winter Meeting reorganised despite the earlier setback. The new venue is the Deepdale Granary Group Hostel (Deepdale Farm, Burnham Deepdale, North Norfolk Coast, PE31 8DD) based near to the original location. The dates remain the same, Fri 26th– Mon 29th February 2010, and we do still have a few vacancies, but any interested members should at this late stage first speak to me to clarify before sending a booking form. The relevant website is: www.deepdalebackpackers.co.uk/grouphostel/index.asp
Burnham Deepdale is a new venue for WSRS, but if it proves to be as successful
as other new venues we have tried in recent years it should be a fantastic
meeting. The planned dates of Fri 26th– Mon 29th February 2010 coincide
with tides that should be favourable for recording wintering wildfowl and
in particular several species of geese
This spring our field meeting was held at Ennerdale Water in Cumbria. The weather was fantastic for much of the time which meant there were good opportunities to get out in the woodlands and lakeside habitats which were just a short walk from the accommodation. The birds were in good song with common woodland species mingling with the more specialist species of upland woodland and open country such as Common Redstart and Wheatear. The star of the weekend was a Common Whitethroat who was so accommodating that the use of a reflector was almost unnecessary.
Not only were there good recording opportunities but it was a great opportunity to discuss different approaches to recording, comparing the performance of each others’ recording rigs. Which is one of the real benefits of meeting up with fellow recordists.
Here are just a few images from the weekend. A fuller report with more
images will appear in the next issue of our journal Wildlife Sound.
The 2010 Members’ Day was a great success, there was a real buzz of enthusiasm throughout the day. The venue was new to us but proved exceptionally good and with a fine pub just yards away! As always the day was an ideal occasion to exchange information on sound recording as well as to catch up with old friends.
The afternoon was packed with a bioacoustics talk on Blackbird song plus a presentation on the WSRS website. A sound quiz challenged us all but perhaps the highlight was the annual WSRS Competition award ceremony. Once again there were some excellent recordings and worthy winners.
WSRS is most grateful to its sponsors:
SOUND NETWORK who generously provided a prize of equipment for the overall, SILVER FOX, winner and EDIROL for providing a prize for the winner of the RESTRICTED Category.
Listen to the Silver Fox winner
Listen to the RESTRICTED category winner
A change to the spring meeting routine was proposed for 2011 with a weeklong trip to Stokholm, and in 2013 with a further weeklong trip, this time to Islay, while in 2012 it is suggested that there be a long-weekend spring meeting, venue still to be decided.