The benefits for us and for the natural world...

  • ‘MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, WE NEED TO FALL BACK IN LOVE WITH THE LAND. SILENCE IS OUR MEETING PLACE’

    Gordon Hempton is an acoustic ecologist and Emmy Award winning sound recordist.  He has ‘circled the globe three times over the last 35 years in pursuit of Earth’s rarest nature sounds’.  Gordon believes that preserving natural silence is as necessary as species preservation. Fortunately, he considers rescuing silence to be less difficult than many of the other challenges we face.  But first we have to recognise its value. Through short…

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  • LEARNING TO LISTEN

    Dr Sarah Bell, a researcher at Sensing Nature blogs about learning to listen. Sensing Nature is a new two-year ESRC funded project exploring the diverse sensory and emotional experiences of the visually impaired in the natural world. In a recent Sensing Nature blog, Sarah draws attention to the experience of Karis Petty, an anthropologist at the University of Sussex who was taught to ‘echolate’ by a visually impaired participant in…

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  • WHY IS NATURE GOOD FOR US? – DR MILES RICHARDSON

    There’s plenty of research to demonstrate that spending time in nature is good for us, but rather less to explain why this should be the case.  Relatively little work has explored the benefits of being silent in nature. Dr Miles Richardson, Head of Psychology at the University of Derby and founder and coordinator of the Nature Connectedness Research Group is moving the discussion one step forward.  He’s asking ‘why is…

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  • THE WRONG KIND OF NOISE

    Research demonstrates that we are soothed by the sounds of nature but that too much man-made noise, even if it isn’t sufficiently loud to cause hearing loss, generates harmful levels of stress. Results of a study published in Psychological Science (Vol 13, No 9) showed the effects of the relocation of Munich’s airport on the health of children at schools in the vicinity. Researchers tested the reading, memory, hearing and attention…

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