An ongoing search for bumblebee sounds.


Mark Ferguson is a UK-based wildlife sound recordist and composer.

He is best-known for his bumblebee recordings, which immerse listeners in the detailed sound worlds of flower beds, suburban undergrowth, riverside vegetation and other habitats.

In August 2019, he made what are believed to be the first ever behavioural recordings of the great yellow bumblebee, capturing the species’ mating activity directly outside the nest and its wider foraging activity across the machair habitats of South Uist, Scotland.

His electroacoustic compositions have been noted for their rich, textural layering of processed and unprocessed sonic material. All are crafted exclusively from his own library of wildlife sounds, using audio programming languages and customised processing algorithms to dramatically alter original recordings and reveal hidden sonic detail.

Mark’s work has been broadcast by the BBC, mentioned by the Guardian and selected for performance in the UK, Ireland, France and the USA.

He is currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham, supported by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and AHRC.




by Mark Ferguson

A lifelong, sonic exploration of Ulster’s natural landscapes.

Recorded around Northern Ireland from December 2017 to present.

Mark Ferguson has recorded some wonderful sounds of nature.

Damian Carrington, Guardian

Mark was fantastic to work with. He showed great respect for the galleries and real enthusiasm, creating two amazing sound pieces for the exhibition at The Barber.

Rosalind Mannaseh, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

What a terrific idea, and the recordings are outstanding. Your work certainly provides a fine way to appreciate variation and nuance (and simple beauty) in the sounds of their buzzing.

Award-winning author and biologist, Thor Hanson

The sounds are very evocative.

Paul Virostek, Creative Field Recording



by Mark Ferguson

An ongoing search for bumblebee sounds.

Thanks to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, AHRC and Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

Special thanks to Darryl Cox, Bill Neill, Helen King and Barnaby Smith.