The Pit Pond (WSRS Restricted Winner)

by David de la Haye

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Wildlife Sound Recording Society (WSRS), Restricted Winner - Habitat Class.

'The Pit Pond' is an underwater recording made in the ex-mining village of Easington Colliery, County Durham, late September 2020. The series of lockdowns made me interested in overlooked habitats on our doorstep. Picture-perfect locations are desirable, but urban environments widen accessibility. This somewhat neglected pond, appropriately named "Pond of Life", is a semi-permanent habitat that shrinks to merely a puddle during drier months.

The recording demonstrates a wealth of activity, featuring pulsing plant photosynthesis alongside chirruping invertebrates. It was recorded in stereo using a Zoom F8 and Aquarian Audio hydrophones, and mixed binaurally to emphasise the immersive nature of underwater listening.


released July 18, 2021


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David de la Haye Durham, UK

David is a multi-award winning field recordist, musician, creative research technician and producer. He has toured internationally with Monster Ceilidh Band, Jez Lowe and Shona Mooney. Originally from the Channel Islands he now lives in Durham where he focusses largely on exploring marine and freshwater environments through sound. ... more

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