Tune into the sounds of nature

Robin singing in the garden at Greenway, Devon

Whether you live in the city or the countryside, you can experience nature's orchestra from dawn until dusk. Why not make the most of the warm summer days and wake up with the birds, play our sounds of nature bingo or read a noisy poem?

If you sit for a moment by an open window or in your back garden you'll notice that you've got lots of noisy neighbours. We’re talking about cooing pigeons, crying seagulls, buzzing insects and fluttering robins. Perhaps you can hear the wind in the trees, the patter of rain or the rustling of something you can't see moving in the bushes. 

These activities have been designed so that it can be done safely in your house, garden or local area, so please take part responsibly and follow government guidance on social distancing.

Have a game of bingo with the sounds of nature

Play 'Sounds of nature' bingo 

We’ve put together a 'sounds of nature' bingo for you to play on your own or with friends and relatives. You can play it at home, in your local park or on a day out to one of the special places in our care. We've created a downloadable scorecard so you can tick off all the sounds of summer that you hear.

Brimham Sunrise

Join the dawn chorus 

There’s something special about watching the beginning of a new day, seeing the sky fill with colour and listening to the sounds of nature waking up. Watching the sunrise is also one of our '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. So what are you waiting for? Set your alarm.

Video

Hear the calls of nature

Nature's orchestra is in full swing. In this video we capture the work or our favourite musicians, from a harmonious seal pup to a woodpecker on percussion.

Play a grass whistle

Make some noise 

Whether you mimic the bird outside your window or make an instrument out of natural materials you find, there are lots of ways to become part of nature’s soundtrack. How about making a grass trumpet? You could make a wind chime of sticks, old watering cans or even the shells you collected on the beach last summer. Or you could have a go creating music with your feet.

Lose yourself in the sounds of summer 

Tune into the sounds of summer from the comfort of your own home. Simply sit back, close your eyes and listen to our immersive recordings of birdsong, buzzing bees and the wind blowing through the treetops. 

Chaffinch at Castle Ward, Northern Ireland

Teach yourself how to recognise different birdsong

Listen to the dawn chorus wherever you are with this immersive recording of birdsong. You'll be able to hear robins, jenny wrens, song thrushes and more.

Wind down with a stroll through the meadow at Charlecote Park

Hear the wind rustling

Listen to the wind rustling in the trees

Bee on a blue cornflower

Buzzing bees

Listen to bees

Read a noisy poem

Inspired by what you've read? Write a nature diary
I am the Seed that Grew the Tree published by Nosy Crow

Discover nature poetry  

The above poems were taken from the book I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree, a nature poem for every day of the year selected by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon. The book, published by Nosy Crow, has won several prizes, including the Big Book Awards in 2019.

Family-friendly activities

Find lots of inspiration for activities to do as a family. You won't be short of things to do at home or in the garden.