In May 2014 I attended the Wildeye Advanced Wildlife Sound Recording course. Our base for the weekend was Whitwell Hall Country Centre near Reepham, Norfolk.
I arrived on the Friday evening and after dinner, spent time getting to know the others on the course as well as tutors Chris Watson and Jez Riley French. The next day we woke up at 3:30 am and headed out into the surrounding countryside to record the dawn chorus.
By 5 am the birds were in full song but shortly after the rain arrived. I stayed for as long as I could recording the soothing soundscape.
Later that day, I headed out into the grounds of Whitwell Hall to see what I could record. I came across a small pond which contained a small group of tadpoles. Using a stereo pair of Jez Riley French hydrophones I recorded a couple of tadpoles eating some pondweed.
On the last day of the course we headed out to Foxley Wood, Norfolk’s largest remaining ancient woodland.
On arrival, I found a suitable spot, setup my mics (stereo pair of DPA 4060s) and ran a 20 metre cable to where I would sit and record. The idea was to be away from the mics so as not to scare off the wildlife.
I would highly recommend the Wildeye courses to anyone interested in field recording. For more info, check out the Wildeye website.