#30DaysWild – Do something wild everyday for a month

If you are reading this blog, you are probably interested in the outdoors. You may even go regularly on trips during your days off, enjoying a full day out and maybe even a night under the stars. But what about your immediate outdoors? What do you know about them?

Can you step outside of your house and name all the green areas? Can you tell me the plants and animals that live along your commute route? Do you make room for nature in your everyday life?

For the last few of years, The Wildlife Trusts have been asking those questions, helping people to bring nature into their everyday life with their #30DaysWild campaign every June.

I first took part two years ago and was surprised to discover how little time I took for nature in my everyday life. I ignored the park between my work and home, I whizzed through London on my bike without ever pausing to observe wildlife around, and I slept with my windows closed to the outside world. Nature was for my days off. I was aware of its presence around me, but it was shadowed by buildings, cars, and masses of people.

I began to read outside and got distracted by insects crawling up my leg. I noticed flowers outside of my office window. I picked up nature books and learned to name trees and animals around me. And after 30 days, my world had been transformed. I was not living in a concrete jungle as I had first thought. I was living surrounded by wildlife. There were squirrels in the tree outside my window, flowers and bees at the train station, and families of water birds on the New River that I came to recognise and care about.

So what are you waiting for, stop reading this post and head over to The Wildlife Trusts website and sign up for #30DaysWild. You’ll be surprised what you’ll discover.

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.

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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?

Nature Sound of the Month: In the dark

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 seasonal change sounds here.

Theme of the month: In the dark

We are all familiar with the sounds surrounding us during the day. There are birds singing, wind in the leaves, rain falling, insects chirping, and many many other nature sounds all around us. But what do they sound like at night? When night falls, we tend to retreat to our shelter of walls and ceilings, blocking out the sounds from outside. But night time can be better than day to listen to nature sounds around us, especially in cities. Traffic slows down, the hustle and bustle of people is long gone, and the world builds up a different atmosphere.

So this month, I’m asking you to get outside after dark and record night time sounds.

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: 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 backyard sounds here.

Theme of the month: seasonal change

Over in the UK, Autumn has well and truly arrived. The heat is fast disappearing and daylight growing scarce. Trees are preparing for the cold weather by stopping the food supply to their leaves, which turns them shades of brown, orange, and red as they become brittle and fall. Children (and let’s admit it, adults) kick them in the air at the first opportunity or walk purposefully on them, their crunching sound oddly satisfying. Many birds on the contrary are silencing and their delightful songs vanish into memories. Instead other animals take centre stage such as the deers with their guttural rutting call and the clash of their antlers.

But down South other sounds are emerging as Spring comes into full swing. Birds arrive in flocks and their morning chorus will wake you up if you’re not closed up behind walls and isolating windows. Snow melts and fills the streams and river with water, allowing them to roar as you walk past them.

So whatever the season in your corner of the world, nature sounds have been transitioning. Let’s pay attention to this seasonal change in term of sounds this month.

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