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What does the South Downs National Park sound like?

What does the South Downs National Park sound like?

The UK National Parks Soundmap brings together an eclectic and immersive collection of sounds that capture the essence of national parks – from quirky local traditions to the soundtrack of nature.

The project aims to ask how these sounds affect our lives, our health and our sense of wellbeing.

National Parks throughout the country have contributed and the project’s ambition is to expand this to a wide range of audio experiences.

Skylarks, nightjars and field crickets, are just some of the unique sounds that form part of the South Downs Soundscape.

To find out more about how to contribute a high quality sound recording to the map, please visit project page.

Other ways to connect with sound and nature

Look Wild uses a free nature identification app that will name plants and animals for you and contribute to a huge National Park-led citizens’ science project at the same time. It’s free to learn about the natural world around you and do your bit to protect it at the same time.

iNaturalistUK is an app which allows you to connect with nature by exploring and sharing your observations from the natural world.

The Wildlife Sound Recording Society is a website set up to help you record and learn about the sounds made by wildlife and the natural world.


"The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness."