Nature Sound of the Month: Animal life

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the challenge last month. I hope you’ve enjoyed capturing your sounds as much as I’ve enjoyed listening to them. Check out the round-up of sounds from parks in the previous post today.

Theme of the month: Animal life

Nature isn’t all about the elements, trees and flowers. There is a huge number of living creatures that populates it. From large to small, animal life is an important part of nature.

There are birds flying overhead and singing their delightful songs to attract mates, send off warnings, or find one another. There are mammals, each with their own cry, roar, or bark. But there are also fish, underwater and the opposite of silent. Of course you can also find insects and many other category I’m sure I’m forgetting.

Whatever your focus this month, let’s all listen to wildlife around us.

What is it about?

There are many challenges out there to help you make the most of the outdoors, but more often than not they focus on what you see rather than what you hear. Visuals can certainly be stunning but they are not always present. Close your eyes and the scenery is gone. This is not so with sounds. You cannot close off your ears. You can ignore the sounds but they are here nonetheless and some part of you are registering them. So this challenge focuses on sounds, specifically nature sounds, and asks you to get out there and record them.

How does it work?

On the 1st of every month, I’ll publish a post with a prompt for what to listen to. This prompt is aimed to help you open your ears to nature and is by no means a rule to follow. You can record something else if another sound picks your interest.

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Nature Sound of the Month: March round-up

Last month, the nature sound of the month focused on the seasonal change, asking you to focus your attention to the turning of time around you. Here is what has been captured:


Recorded by Adam Canning


Recorded by Still Walks


Recorded by me

Thanks a lot to everyone who took part. I hope you’ve enjoyed listening out for sounds and will join again this month. The new theme will be published later today.

Other nature sounds that caught my ear in March:
by Highlands Soundscapes

by blafonx – field recording

by ioflow

What have you been listening to this past March?

Nature Sound of the Month: Seasonal change

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the challenge last month. I hope you’ve enjoyed capturing your sounds as much as I’ve enjoyed listening to them. Check out the round-up of sounds from parks in the previous post today.

Theme of the month: Seasonal change

Some of you may remember this theme from October when Autumn was landing in the UK and Spring in Australia. Leaves crunched under foot up north, while south birds sang to their heart’s content.

This time, the situation is reversed. Over in the UK Spring is settling in. Daffodils and blossoms are showing their colours while rain falls heavily, bringing water back to the land. Birds are singing once again, waking some of us in surprise after months of being silent. The world is reborn, and the relative silence of winter is coming to an end.

But down South, the world is gradually shedding the heat to welcome Autumn and all the changes it brings.

So whatever the season in your corner of the world, nature sounds are transitioning. Let’s all listen to this seasonal change.

What is it about?

There are many challenges out there to help you make the most of the outdoors, but more often than not they focus on what you see rather than what you hear. Visuals can certainly be stunning but they are not always present. Close your eyes and the scenery is gone. This is not so with sounds. You cannot close off your ears. You can ignore the sounds but they are here nonetheless and some part of you are registering them. So this challenge focuses on sounds, specifically nature sounds, and asks you to get out there and record them.

How does it work?

On the 1st of every month, I’ll publish a post with a prompt for what to listen to. This prompt is aimed to help you open your ears to nature and is by no means a rule to follow. You can record something else if another sound picks your interest.

Continue reading

Nature Sound of the Month: February round-up

Last month, the nature sound of the month focused on what’s beneath your feet, asking you to focus your attention downwards. Here is what has been captured:


Recorded by Jonathan


Recorded by Still Walks


Recorded on the 25th of February by me

Thanks a lot to everyone who took part. I hope you’ve enjoyed listening out for sounds and will join again this month. The new theme will be published later today.

Other nature sounds that caught my ear in February:
by Ivo Vivic

Leafscape by Derek Thompson and Jess Shepherd

by London Sound Survey

What have you been listening to this past February?

Learning Portuguese and other 2017 goals

At the beginning of the year I didn’t make resolutions. I had vague ideas of things I want to achieve in 2017 but I didn’t vow to make them happen. This tends to put too much pressure on me and I end up not sticking to my goals.

So as the new year chimed, I let my ideas simmer and grow over January, finding time for them in my everyday life, seeing what was going to work and what wasn’t.

A month later, I’m happy to report that the goals that truly mattered have been incorporated into my life. Some are still unfulfilled, but I’m holding on to them and hoping to see them come to fruition later in the year.

In no particular order, here is what I’ve been up to:

  • Learn European Portuguese


    I’m making videos about my learning journey. It’s both a way to connect with other learners and assess my progress.
    Follow me on YouTube if that’s of any interest to you.
  • Record a sound every day


    I never planned for this goal, but as I began to take a photo every day, I thought it would be cool to add sounds to the themes. This however proved too difficult and I ended up simply recording random sounds. This is harder than taking a photo every day but I really want to make this happen. It is forcing me to focus on sounds more often, to really listen, and to make full use of my recording equipment. It’s only been a month but I already feel like I’ve learned a lot.
    Follow me on SoundCloud if you never want to miss one of my recordings.

Other goals include setting up a new blog, sharing the sounds and story from my journey through Spain and Portugal, going on a longboard microadventure, walking the West Highland Way with Zoe and Jenni, exploring the areas around my new home, and reading a book by a Portuguese author every month.

Have you set up goals and resolutions for the new year? If yes, how are you doing with them?