Dawn chorus

Recorded on May 3 2020. this is an area that has a small stream and fields either side and vineyards. the trees are tall and ancient mainly poplars , old evergreen oaks and shrubby bushes and long grass. there is a small path that leads through these fields and onto the old railway that is now a cycle path. Recorded at around 5.45 am.

Catalogue of a walk

This was the final nightingale on this walk. In a small area of high poplars, with shrubs and bushes in the undergrowth this piece of land borders a small stream with old trees either side. There are a lot of birds here especially in the spring. I was lucky enough this time to see the bird close up whilst singing. It was at about head hight on the lower benches

catalogue of a walk

This was the third Nightingale I encountered on this walk.. It was on an open piece of land, with vineyards either side of a line of trees. to the left of me was a small copse of mixed trees, some old with scrub bush quite dense on the ground. This bird was further away and calling across this space to the other side.

Catalogue of a walk

The second bird on my walk. This recording was along a track that lead to a roman watermill surrounded by fields and ancient trees that were once along a river but now the river is a small stream and has moved about half a mile away.

catalogue of a walk

In early April 2020 I walked and recorded 4 Nightingales each defending their territories in the scrubland and forests where I live in southern France. This is the first Nightingale which I recorded on my phone. This particular bird was very close to the path in between a Mazet ( hut) in the Garrigues near the village. I couldn’t see the bird but I had to wait for about 4

Dawn Chorus

Wood cut Dawn Chorus Working with the Dawn chorus recording I am using tempo bars within the woodcut to keep everything together so that it flows. These are from the recording itself in the sonograms . Each small wood panel is approximately 2 seconds of actual sound – so this section is 8 seconds. Still got a long way to go ! Water based ink on Rice paper

The Nightingale

These Nightingale prints have different iterations. This first scroll is 4 metres long made with the motif most used by a single nightingale that I recorded. Since then i have made variations of prints over laying them like sentences. The iteration at Woolwich contemporary Art fair 2022 is made with 3 motifs all hand cut wood relief. The Common nightingale song is so fluid – it sounded to me like

Dawn Chorus 5.45 am

International dawn chorus day was this week – I recorded this along with some audio a few days ago at around 5.45 am in a small area of mixed woodland by a stream about 20 min walk from the village where I live in Junas – Laungeudoc Roussillon France. I knew there would be lots of nightingales there as this is a particular favourite spot for them i even managed

birdsong studio work

Whilst working on concrete ideas such as the walk piece in Le cruse – Pellevoisn I have also been trying out putting together different techniques to make a wall of small drawings or prints possibly together. These bird sounds are often high in pitch but also have depth of sound and intensity. So i have been visual playing around with how i might show the work in a gallery space.


Woodcut 1.20m x 70 cm printed on Kozo and backed onto wood panel with fluorescent paint This piece is just a fragment of what I hope to be a series of nightingale song strophes – recorded last year on April 17 . By using chinese ink to transfer the song strophe the wood changes the flow of the ink and these inconsistencies I have cut into the image. The bottom