Why we should listen to trees

Posted on: Thu 22 Apr 2021

Why do we experience the sounds of the natural world as soothing, as restorative? Is this an innate reaction? Or is it connected to positive memories we’ve created in nature as a child? And what’s up with that strange feeling of nervousness we can get when we’re in the city?

We talk about it with phD researcher Alexander Smalley, who launched the world’s largest soundscape experiment alongside the award-winning dystopian BBC podcast Forest404 to try and understand how people respond to nature.

It turns out: we should all listen to trees more.

Story produced by Stefanie Staelens

Image by wirestock on Freepik

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