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Using the wildlife sounds collections

The wildlife sounds collection is an important international resource for anyone interested in the sounds of the natural world. 

Users of the wildlife sounds collections include:

  • specialists in the field of bioacoustics and related behavioural and zoological disciplines
  • naturalists
  • teachers
  • museums
  • nature conservation bodies and zoos

The collection can also be used to provide sound effects for the broadcasting, film and multimedia publishing industries.

Accessing the collections

The Sound Archive's online catalogue to find the recordings required. If the catalogue is being for the first time, it is recommend that the guide to searching the wildlife sounds collection are read first.

The Listen to nature and Sounds websites provide online access to hundreds of wildlife sound recordings.

Sounds can be accessed by:

  • booking a free listening appointment with the Listening and Viewing Service which provides public access in the British Library Reading Rooms to the Archive's collections of recorded sound and video.
  • ordering copies of the recordings. Details of how to order a copy of a wildlife recording are given here.

Further information

Cheryl Tipp
Curator, Wildlife Sounds
The British Library
96 Euston Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7403
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7441