Nature Sounds from a European Primeval Forest
A third of Europe is covered by forests, most of them plantations or secondary growth, having been logged sometime in the last few hundred years. This soundscape has been recorded in the Bieszczady National Park — one of the few remaining primeval forests in Europe — during my sampling session in Poland. Bieszczady is located at the extreme south-east corner of Poland, bordering Slovakia and Ukraine. The park and its surroundings are part of the wider UNESCO East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve, an area of land where the woods are mostly natural.
If you are wondering how the bird flapping sounds were recorded, as well as the other animal sounds: by hiding recorders in the forest and leaving them running for 24-hours continuously, without any human presence. Behind-the-scene pictures are available here.
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Nice to combine it with japanese garden to have a lot of birds and wind around...
Wow. When I first played this I had to double check that there weren't suddenly birds outside the window I was sitting by! This is incredible. Thank you so much.
So relaxing! This setting sounds almost like ASMR!
Hello, I am so grateful for the sounds you have provided here! As soon as I started listening to this Primeval Forest recording I could feel my stress decrease. It's a wonderful site and I am so happy to have found it! Thank you for sharing this with us!
This reminds me of windy days camping in the forests of northern Appalachia. (The wind might be loud with my settings here).
I'm getting my specialization with this noise background. Study hard.
Absolutely love this! It helps me so much with focusing on my homework as I am often easily distracted. Thank you!
I just love listening to the animals footsteps! So cool!
Like camping but without the soggy tent!! Love this site, thank you!
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This one is amazing! This generator has the perfect blend of masking white noise and interesting, but not really distracting nature sounds. I used to put on nature footage videos while I worked, (like what Paul Dinning on YouTube makes, go check him out, he makes some great stuff.) but that proved to be too distracting for me. This is much better and it helps a bunch.
This reminds me of the hikes I used to take in the mountains close to the river. Stopping to sit on a rock and just listen to all the sounds while having a picnic. Really calming and peaceful.
Lying in the forest for a thousand years.
It's great to listen to while doing school! Really helps drown out my sister's loud voice.
Isolates me from surrounding wherever I am.
I imagine myself laying out of place in my bed, in the middle of the forest. Sleeping, while the birds around me chirp.
I'm currently fighting burnout syndrome, this is helping to "take me out" of this toxic environment. Changing one's environment is meant to help, and this is at least one small change I can effect as a result of your amazing dedication and generosity. Thank you.
Thank you so much for all the different background sounds! I work as a translator in an open office and I just can't focus listening to music. Until I found your page, I did many extra hours just trying to catch up. This + noise canceling headphones is just amazing!
Not having this on in my room when I'm in it or just going to sleep makes my ears feel empty. This is just serenity, especially with the water stream turned up a little bit. Thank you so much for this website.
Listening to this with "In The Sky", both set on animate, sounds like a forest just within earshot of Elves singing. Gorgeous and good for studying.
My barely domesticated dinosaur likes this song.
My Budgie really like this setting she chirp and tweet more than with video of other budgies chirping. And i really like hearing my budgie chirping it make me happy so this generator on this setting make me happy :D
This keeps me sane during work! Cortisol and so the heart levels are down. I cannot express my whole appreciation for this site! The the developer, a big THANK YOU! Have a great day where ever you are.
Perfect for meditation where I recharge in a peaceful woods!
Thank you so much for providing these. I work as Mental Health Counselor and these sounds provide great background noises during sessions with clients. So calming and peaceful.
It sounded so familiar to me, that I actually had to check if it was recorded in my country - and it was! It sounds like home!
This + Irish coast = Hozier songs = absolute heaven to the ears.
The sound of stepping on grass is so soft and calming.
I utterly cannot get enough of the light hail slider. There's just something about the little clicks that pleases the hindbrain intensely in a way little else can. This is one of my favorite generators to keep open in a tab while I write (sometimes I combine it w/one or more of the rain/other forest generators, for extra ambience & more for my brain to chew on while I work). Thank you so much!!!
Love this sound! Really immerses you in such a soothing setting. I am breathing better and can practically feel the cool, clean air!
Accessed this through the "my room is too quiet" section, and this setting instantly made me relax my muscles and breathe deeply, thinking clearly for the first time in days. The silence of my room can be suffocating and anxiety-inducing sometimes, but this helps amazingly. Thanks so much, Dr. Pigeon. As always your work is absolutely incredible.
I've been to this primeval forest and it's amazing! So happy to have the ability to revisit it in sound.
I got recommended by one of the other comments to listen to this and the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Do it. You won't regret it :)
I'm a student with ADHD and the noises of the birds are just distracting enough that I don't struggle to focus on my work, but mundane enough to be ignored again immediately after my attention has been drawn to them.
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♥ Such a beautiful noise! I use this when Im on my own to help the space feel less cavernous.
♥ I'm a forest-loving teenager stuck in a suburb! Lately I've been feeling stressed, upset, and anxious, and this instantly made me feel the most peace I've had in ages. Thank you. <3
♥ I love these sounds. I use them at work to help cut down the noise of an open concept office. Love how crisp the birds are, and balancing it with some lower end tone and water to fill in the gaps.I sit next to someone from Poland who has talked about this forest so it was very cool to hear sounds from it. Thanks you so much!
♥ After falling asleep in the office to "rain" (oops!) I decided I needed more tension. I have been playing the wonderful primeval forest with birds set to max -- and added another tab with the purrli cat snoozing. This might sound perverse, but it gives me a tense edge while relaxing me. The cat had better not wake up!
♥ I absolutely love this - I'm writing a story set in a world of primeval forests and this works perfectly for me. If you put "forest tone low" almost all the way up, and put "light hail" ALL the way up, and add a little wind, it makes a wonderful mock up of a light thunderstorm in a forest.
♥ I love this sound, really helps me study and deal with my anxiety, perfect when mixed with a rain noise or waterfall soundscape too. I really like this site and hope you don't stop!
♥ I'm getting ASMR-like tingles from all the wing flapping.
♥ Amazing! I put this on the background while I work. Often, I look out the window to see the rain and birds - usually when it's sunny and bare outside. Very convincing and beautiful. I also play it with Sleeping Dragon in the background, so it's ever more calming.
♥ This gives me such nostalgia from when I used to live in Sweden and go for long forest walks after exhausting school days. It's a very tranquil feeling.
♥ Try listening to The Lord of the Rings soundtrack together with this! It's magical!
♥ I grew up in city, however, the forest sounds give me immediate peace of mind. The expression "it's music to my ears" is the description to this website. I recommend every day this noise generator to someone, whether a friend or a colleague.
♥ The soft chilly breeze blows through the treehouse where the members of the Kidz Tunz Chorus are hanging out with board games & card games, s'mores, popcorn and a stack of books that are just begging to be read. This is the actual sounds of nature that they're hearing right now outside their treehouse as of this post! :)
♥ Seriously, play this in the background while also playing Malukah's cover of "Beauty of Dawn." It is haunting.
♥ This is incredibly relaxing and reassuring. Great for when you're working somewhere quietly and don't need to block out noise.
♥ I grew up in city, however, the Forest sounds give me immediate peace of mind. The expression "it's music to my ears" is the description to this website. I recommend every day this noise generator to someone, whether a friend or a colleague.
♥ While sitting in an office building I like to set it to match the weather outside as best as possible. For example, today in Boise it is sunny in late spring and with little wind. The river is not far away.
♥ Calming and lovely. Helping me not watch Netflix while revising!
♥ I could swear that the birds outside my open window were mimicking the bird songs from this soundscape. They must love it as much as I do!
♥ I love love love nature and being outside! My parents house has woods in the backyard but we are surrounded by noisy neighbors so I don't get to hear unadulterated nature sounds. Thank you very much for all your hard work to bring us these wonderful generators. God bless you.
♥ I love listening to this combined with the album "Holy Week on Mount Athos / Greek Byzantine Hymns", creates a feeling of awe for the natural world and spiritual elevation.
♥ I really love this generator. It make me feel like I am in my woods in spring. In my opinion, this is one of the best generators on the site. I love this site!
♥ I love this. "Sitting in a peacefull forest" while learning for an important examination. :)
♥ This generator is deeply relaxing I keep coming back to it when I need to calm down; it often puts me to sleep! I don't live anywhere near a forest, which bums me out, but this really helps me feel like myself.
♥ I love this generator so much. I'm of Native American heritage but I work in a busy downtown city, so I am unable to hear the sounds of nature when I want to. When I mix this with the "Canyon" and set both on animate, I feel right back at home with my tribe again. Thank you, and may the Spirits guide you, Stephane!
♥ I grew up in New Hampshire so my parents dragged me along on numerous hikes in the White Mountain region. Quiet Forest Tone sounds exactly like being on one of those mountains. Brings back memories of treading over tree roots and the smell of leaves in the summer air.
♥ There are many beautiful, helpful sounds on this site, but I will always come back to Singing Tree.
♥ The sound of birds makes me feel that I'm not alone. This is so comforting! I could also hear a fox walking nearby!
♥ This one gave me the inspiration I needed for a forest scene in my book. I love it.
♥ This reminds me of the creek I used to visit when I was younger. There was nothing but trees as far as the eye could see, with only the company of the birds singing all around. Thank you for bringing me back to those days.
♥ This is wonderful! I love the sounds that the fox makes and the stereo effect as s/he wanders back and forth from one speaker to the next. I can also hear the fox panting from time to time, which makes me smile. The background sounds of the forest are wonderfully soothing and great for blocking out urban noises. Another brilliant generator, Dr. Pigeon. Thank you!
♥ I live in the suburbs, so I'm not very close to the woods. Even then, the closest forest (that I feel at peace in) is currently caught up in California's Loma Prieta wildfire. This particular soundscape really helps me find peace when I'm stuck at home or in the library at college.
♥ I love being outside and hearing all of these noises, but get distracted by the bugs when doing homework outside. This generator helps me hear those sounds without the pesky insects! Love it!
♥ Nothing restores me better than a long hike through the woods. Nature is amazing, as is this generator. Thank you.
♥ As a suburban pagan, nothing makes me feel more at peace than the sound of the deep woods. The crackle of the hail setting makes this even more wonderful.
♥ I live in a tight-packed neighbourhood with a playground right outside, and the highway on the other side of the house so there's constant noise all the time. This one takes me back to when I used to live right next to a forest. So many days of my childhood have been spent there. I miss it.
♥ When this sound setting is used, combined with "Crystal Stream" & "Water Stream" both set to the Quiet Brook setting, one can almost picture the rustic/primitive treehouse high up in one of the trees here in the forest where we are hanging out; this is JUST what it sounds like from that treehouse (when the weather cooperates, that is!) .
♥ So realistic, like a cold forest morning in camp with fire... <3
♥ What a fantastic layer to add to a rain backdrop, really helps bring out the realism. Thanks, Mix-Master P.!
♥ myNoise helps me escape the normal hum-drum of everyday life... I hate small talk around me while working and dislike certain noises to the point of frustration (pen clicking, papers moving, etc.) so this helps me immensely at school. I like nature, so I add in 3 generators at once to help me really escape. I use Primeval Forest, Healing Waters and myNoisli. Thanks so much!
♥ This is so lovely. This is what I love about the internet. Talented people can share their work so others around the world can enjoy and benefit from their craftsmanship. Thanks again.
♥ Thank you very much for this generator. I like walking in a forest, it really relaxes me. And now I can have this feeling in my office! It was also interesting to me, that pine-wood forest and leafy forest have completely different sound.
♥ Awesome sound! Reminds me of lengthy hikes in the Swiss Alps as well as now in my new home, the Canadian Rockies: mighty trees, wind and wildlife :-)
♥ It's so very nice to find another soundscape from my own country here. This one is particularly close to my heart as I used to spend every autumn in Bieszczady when I was a teenager. Wonderful memories of quiet, peaceful... better times. Thank you.
♥ Me and my wife usually take a tent trip every year in the forest. And this sounds so much like that, when waking up in the morning.