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 her own research. Sarah’s suggestion is that by learning to listen with our whole being (rather than just with our ears) our experience of the natural world could be deepened and enriched.