Killian MullarneyOver the past 30 years, Killian Mullarney has dedicated his life to bird identification. Whether it's illustrating Europe’s premier field guide, 'the Collins', finding some of Ireland's rarest and most exciting birds, sound recording some of the rarest waders in Europe or his balanced contribution to the Sound Approach, his careful field sketches and quality sound recording are legendary and can be found littered through all the sound Approach books. He is the artist responsible for all our front covers and groundbreaking plates.
Dick ForsmanDick is one of the world's leading authorities in field identification of birds of prey and was the first person to introduce Bird Sound of the Day to Finnish radio. He is an accomplished sound recorder and broadcaster and has produced many nature programs for radio. Dick is well known for his ground breaking book 'The Raptors of Europe and the Middle East: A Handbook of Field Identification', but is also known for losing his car during a bet with Mark Constantine.
Rene PopRene founded the Dutch Birding Association with Arnoud back in 1979, and is still involved in producing the highly commended Dutch Birding journal each month. Rene has also been a constant companion and photographer on more than 15 Sound Approach field trips. Living on Texel, Holland’s rarity capital, Rene's life is the envy of many Dutch Birders. Specialising in the reproduction of bird photographs to the highest standard, his work shines through all the Sound Approach books.
LushTowards the end of 2010, we were invited to participate in an unusual collaboration encompassing cosmetics, folk music and bird song. Simon Emmerson, who provided the soundtrack to Birding From The Hip, had been asked by Lush Cosmetics to compose new music for a set of CDs that draw deeply on both a love of folk music and bird song. The result is an innovative project, put together partly to act as a sound accompaniment to Lush’s various spa treatments and massages, yet also a stand-alone musical pleasure.
Recordings of petrels, yellowhammers, ravens, and corn buntings, amongst others, sit comfortably alongside sea shanties, Egyptian reggae, and traditional folk, and we are honoured to hear our sounds in this new environment.