The Flight of the Pipistrelle

The Flight of the Pipistrelle

a collaboration between



On April 30 - May 1, 2022 we'll be live streaming

the sounds of bats and the Dawn Chorus

from a canal boat in the UK

as part of the annual REVEIL broadcast

hosted by SoundCamp.

Boat stern left.tiff


Earlier this year, we started looking at videos of people living on canal boats in the UK. These boats are known as narrowboats. The UK has over two thousand miles of canals which have been in existence for hundreds of years.

We're enjoying learning about life on the canals. What appeals to us is the unique combination of proximity to nature, the slow travel on these peaceful waterways, and the community of people who make up this way of life.

Objectives and Vision

Ears in Space, a studio for field recording, spatial audio, and listening practice, is run by Mike Bullock, a composer and environmental sounds recordist. 

My field recordings have been part of my installations, videos, and music compositions. Together, we've combined our ongoing work of recording, observing, and researching nature. Our plan is to continue these practices during our visit, with special emphasis on recording the many species of bats and other wildlife who make their homes around the canals and canal infrastructures. 


We look forward to working with other researchers and incorporating our findings into our artist practices for the purpose of sharing and educating others.

Boats, Bats, and Canals! When and where

The end of April to the beginning of May, 2022.

We're taking a 2-day RYA Inland Waterways Course at Nelson's Wharf, near Warwickshire. Nelson's Wharf is adjacent to the ten acre Stockton Cutting Site of Special Scientific Interest, (SSSI), managed by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation.

Location via What Three Words

Next, we travel in our hired narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal, Oxford Canal Section, and the Oxford Canal Northern Section.

Approximate location for the Dawn Chorus


The trip ends in London, where we will be staying on a narrowboat in Little Venice.