Sounds of the natural world include a wide variety of types of recordings: natural history recordings, birdsongs and animal sounds, location ambience, urban and contemporary street sounds, and sounds of weather and wild places, evoking a very strong sense of place and time.

The collections provided via Europeana Sounds include recordings of great scientific, cultural and historic interest. The nature sounds are made for the most part in nature reserves, zoological gardens and wild locations, providing evidence of European scientific exploration and collecting around the world.

The recordings often have special significance in documenting habitats and individual species that are gradually vanishing. Some of the creatures featured have already become extinct – in England, for example, the red-backed shrike from Norfolk, and the Worcestershire marsh warbler.

Examples of recordings:


Find below our latest blogposts about environment recordings:

Outcomes of three years of sounds and fun!

February 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Europe’s sound heritage at your fingertips […]

December 9 – The record in the stars

December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

This is the most far away record, out of the solar system: 15 billion kilometers from Earth! The Golden Record is included aboard both Voyager spacecrafts launched in 1977. […]

December 8 – Ski Ambience in Bardonecchia

December 8th, 2016|0 Comments

This sequence attempt to restitute the ambience in the ski-resort of Bardonecchia (Campo Smith) in the Italian Alps. […]

Italian (re)discovery event: a short reportage

November 17th, 2016|0 Comments

On October 24th in Rome took place the Italian (re)discovery event, “For a European phonographic collection. The Italian contribution to Europeana sounds project (2014-2017)”, organised in cooperation by the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche (ICCU) and the Istituto centrale per i beni sonori ed audiovisivi (ICBSA) of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. […]

Access easily sounds from the Europeana Sounds Collections!!

November 16th, 2016|0 Comments

By navigating through the above feature, you now have an easy and single access point to the material the Europeana Sounds consortium shared with you during the last two years and a half! Whether you are interested in non-Western classical music, spoken word performance recordings or sound effect recordings, come [...]

Let’s add a bit of nature to Wikipedia

October 25th, 2016|0 Comments

On 18 October the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision welcomed 19 participants to their second Europeana Sounds edit-a-thon. After a day of hard work and fun the participants enriched 84 Wikipedia articles with cultural heritage of wildlife. […]

Come on a sound safari with the British Library and Wikimedia

August 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Come on a sound safari with the British Library and Wikimedia

On Saturday 8th October 2016 the British Library will be hosting its second Europeana Sounds Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Everyone is welcome to participate (for free) and you can even join in the fun remotely. […]

Travelling through soundscapes with Phonambient

June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Phonambient project aims at sound recording and preserving, within a digital database that gives free access to characteristic local and regional sounds. […]

Ring the bells

June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Bells are an essential part of the landscape: animal bells, campaniles, church bells. Contemporary society tends to forget them. These sound markers of space and time are superseded, supplemented by many other technologies and public services (the beep of your alarm or the firefighters siren). […]

Meet with the research centre on sonic space and urban environment

May 25th, 2016|Comments Off on Meet with the research centre on sonic space and urban environment

Following Soundscape of Istanbul, we are pleased to introduce our new associate partner: the Research centre on sonic space and urban environment (Cresson). […]