Nelly's Shed

Ahh the sound of birdsong. Could there be anything lovelier? Especially when, as in these recordings, there is so much diversity to enjoy and enthrall the listener. Neil Povey’s Experiments in amateur field recording, mostly birds, transport you into his garden in Hailsham, sometimes when it is raining. There’s a great recording where the downpour is so heavy that it drives the sound of our feathered friends away but as the crescendo of the shower dies down the sound of the birds returns.

Neil doesn’t just record the sounds of the birds alone. In one piece he’s made a half hour recording accompanied by an audio description, which is maybe useful for anyone who doesn’t know which bird makes each sound. The song thrush is the most adorably melodic contributor in a recording that lasts one and a half minutes. Another charming recording is the pre dawn chorus.  

Says Neil: ‘I was awake late so decided to stay up to see in the sunrise. At around 3:45, I set up the F4 to record the ambience of the pre-dawn chorus. There was a little blue sky and lots of gull noise, but a few other birds start to come through.’ This is the perfect recording for anyone who likes to do a bit of bird spotting from the comfort of their own armchair. Love it!

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