Discover the Language of Nature
“For many of us, urban living has dulled our sense of connection with nature. Listening is one of the most wonderful and personal ways of engaging with nature, however it is a skill that has to be developed”. (Andrew Skeoch, Listening Earth)
Andrew Skeoch is an educator, naturalist, environmental thinker, and one of Australia's best-known nature sound recordists so we are very fortunate to have Andrew join us as a specialist guide on our Nature Sounds and Birdsong ecotour.
On this very educational tour, Andrew will help you identify species by call and song, relating those vocalisations to behaviour, and thus reading the story of what is going on in the bush around you. He will also lead you on deeply immersive sound walks, allowing you to experience the bush in an entirely different way.
Later, using visual analysis and spectrograms, Andrew will share ideas about the acoustic environment, discussing the purposes of birdsong, the evolutionary history of the natural soundscape, and how we can measure the health of ecosystems simply by listening.
Andrew's unique perspectives, enthusiasm and generosity in sharing knowledge will open a fascinating new way for you to enjoy the bush.
I will be leading this tour to provide local knowledge of the Mitchell River National Park and surrounds, taking care of the important logistics like our accommodation and meals plus getting everyone to the best sites so Andrew can share his love of listening to nature.
You’ll be part of a small group (only 4 participants!), so it’s a very personal and immersive learning experience in a beautiful part of East Gippsland with stunning scenery and rich nature experiences.
Learn more about Nature Sounds & Birdsong ecotour
Photos: Imagine listening to the dawn chorus as light slowly spreads across the sky, then a hot cup of tea or coffee as the sun rises over the mountains. Andrew Skeoch from Listening Earth is pictured with his sound recording equipment set up in the forest.
Jenny Lawrence, July 28, 2019