Andrew Whitehouse is a birder and anthropologist, who teaches at the University of Aberdeen. His research has included fieldwork in Islay, Scotland where he investigated the relations between conservation and the local community. More recently he has explored the human relations with bird sounds through the Listening to Birds project. In addition to his academic work, Andrew has a lifelong interest in birds and wildlife cultivated in the edgelands of Northamptonshire and the wetlands of Norfolk. He now spends his spare time birding in exotic places abroad and looking for rare birds and discarded household appliances at Girdle Ness in Aberdeen.