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?

Nature Sound of the Month: Beneath your feet

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: Beneath your feet

Rain has been falling over the UK, turning earth into mud. Every walk includes the sound of water and wet ground squished under boots. But elsewhere the sun shines, drying the earth providing a hard clunk under foot. Whatever the weather around you, it will affect the rhythm of your steps and the sound beneath your feet.

The weather will also decree the extent of wildlife on the ground. Snails will not venture under burning suns, but crickets will. Birds will always hop about in search of food and rabbits will always dig burrows for their homes. If we take the time to look down, we’ll discover a rich life under our steps.

So this month I’m asking you to record the sounds beneath your feet.

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