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Listen to nature: explore wildlife sounds of Europe

On the map below, the location of each wildlife sound recording is identified by a red map pin. Click on the pin to listen.

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The sounds from this region are also listed below alphabetically by the common name of the species. Click on the name to listen.

Field Cricket Gryllus campestris
stridulation, recorded by Kyle Turner, 18 April 1993, Le Bougayrou, Lacave, Lot, France.
 
Greek Tortoise Testudo graeca
knocking shells and mewing sounds during courtship, recorded by Jack Skeel, 8 April 1970, near Antalya, South Turkey, Turkey.
 
Hispanic Coal Tit Parus ater
calls, recorded by Richard Ranft, 21 May 1987, Parque National Sierra de Cazorla, Jaen, Spain.
 
Lesser Field Grasshopper Chorthippus mollis
stridulation, recorded by Michael F. Claridge, 11 August 1976, Grand Gerique at base of Mont Ventoux, France.
 
Mole Cricket Gryllotalpa sp
stridulation, recorded by Anthony H. Baylis, 9 July 1989, Sisi, Crete.
 
Nightingale Erithacus megarhynchos
song, recorded by Richard Ranft, 16 May 1987, Montseny, Catalonia, Spain.
 
Pine cones
splitting open in heat, recorded by Kyle Turner, 9 August 1998, Foret de St. Nicholas, nr Chinon, Loire, France.
 
Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
song, recorded by Richard Ranft, 24 May 1987, Parque National de Donana, Huelva, Spain.
 
River Warbler Locustella fluviatilis
song, recorded by Phil Riddett, 10 May 2003, Bükkzsérc, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Hungary.
 
Short-toed Lark Calandrella cinerea
song, recorded by Cornelius J. Hazevoet, 12 May 1988, Belchite, La Lomama, Zaragoza, Spain.
 
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
echolocation clicks, recorded by International Fund for Animal Welfare, 22 June 1994, Longitude 7 53' 57" E, Latitude 43 20' 28" N, Mediterranean Sea.
 
Water dripping in a subterranean cavern
recorded by Richard Ranft, 20 May 1997, limestone caves, Dordogne, France.
 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus
calls, recorded by Richard Ridgway, 9 April 1979, Co Cork, Ireland.
 
 
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Hispanic Coal Tit (Parus ater). Parque National Sierra de Cazorla, Jaen, Spain. Recorded by Richard Ranft. Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa). Parque National de Donana, Huelva, Spain. Recorded by Richard Ranft. Cicada. Montsaraz, Alentejo, Portugal. Recorded by Richard Ranft. Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba). Longitude 7 53' 57" E, Latitude 43 20' 28" N, Mediterranean Sea . Recorded by International Fund for Animal Welfare. Nightingale (Erithacus megarhynchos). Montseny, Catalonia, Spain. Recorded by Richard Ranft. Short-toed Lark (Calandrella cinerea). Belchite, La Lomama, Zaragoza, Spain. Recorded by Cornelius J. Hazevoet. River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis). Bükkzsérc, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén, Hungary. Recorded by Phil Riddett. Lesser Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus mollis). Grand Gerique at base of Mont Ventoux, France. Recorded by Michael F. Claridge. Water dripping in a subterranean cavern. Limestone caves, Dordogne, France. Recorded by Richard Ranft. Field Cricket (Gryllus campestris). Le Bougayrou, Lacave, Lot, France. Recorded by Kyle Turner. Pine cones. Foret de St. Nicholas, nr Chinon, Loire, France. Recorded by Kyle Turner. Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus). Co Cork, Ireland. Recorded by Richard Ridgway. Common Crane (Grus grus). Near Boden, Norbotten, Sweden. Recorded by Patrick Sellar. Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpa sp). Sisi, Crete. Recorded by Anthony H. Baylis. Go to World Map Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca). Near Antalya, South Turkey, Turkey. Recorded by Jack Skeel. Go to Great Britain Map