Holly Banks Nature Reserve 6-10-12 by Savaran published on 2012/10/07 15:31:54 +0000 An exercise in recording the sonic depth of an open landscape. The Holly Banks Nature Reserve is located near Melverley in Shropshire and is an attempt to re-create the wetland meadows that have vanished in this riverine confluence landscape since flood defences, drainage channels and enclosure were introduced in the late eighteenth century. I used a Tascam DR-100 Mk II digital recorder recording via the internal mics on high gain, level 8. I also used JrF C-series hydrophones (high gain, level 10) to record sounds in the pond scrape immediately in front of the recording location. I placed the recorder on the ground close to reeds rustling in the wind on the edge of the pond to give foreground interest. There are three recordings layered here including a general ambience of the area in the track photo, a recording of buzzards wheeling overhead and a hydrophone recording. The sense of depth in the recording is aided by pheasant shooting on the Criggion Estate at the foot of the hills in the far distance, dogs barking on nearby farms, farm machinery and vehicles on the nearby lanes. I quite like the juxtaposition in this recording of human endeavor to manage the environment for the benefit of wildlife in the foreground, while in the background we are managing it it to shoot wildlife ! This is part of a sequence of soundscape recordings on nature reserves in mid Wales and the Welsh Marches borderland for the Safe Havens project.