Nature lovers, daydreamers, big thinkers, as we can’t be together in person, we’d like to invite you to take part in a different kind of gathering—helping to create the first forest sound map of the world.

The map shows how different ecosystems all have their own unique soundscapes. The audio recordings tell a local story of the relationship between a landscape and the composition of its sound—from creaking trees to rustling leaves— listening to the sounds of forests from around the world is both eye-opening and relaxing.  

People across the globe are invited to contribute to the sound map by uploading a photo and one-minute sound clip from their local forest or woodland. These sound clips will be added to an open-source library for anyone to listen and create from. The recordings are plotted onto an interactive map so you can explore what woodlands sound like around the world.

Traditionally, the soundscape mapping method has been used to explore the relationship between the birds and forests, including urban forests. Soundscape mapping models bird communities with different vocal frequency bands and compares their forest environmental preferences.

This project, aimed to connect the public with forests around the world was created by the Timber Festival, a three-day event in the UK that celebrates humankind’s connection to trees using art, music and creativity. With the festival being postponed until 2021 and levels of noise pollution at an all-time low, its organizers decided to find a way for people to celebrate nature online instead, and the response has been excellent.

Submissions can be filled out online here: timberfestival.org.uk/soundsoftheforest/

To learn more about Soundscape Ecology, click here.