Sonic Pond Dipping

Fun, practical workshops that offer young people the chance to discover their own freshwater adventures.

Sonic pond-dipping introduces people to the hidden soundscapes of their local pond. Listening to invertebrates, amphibians, and even aquatic plants, offers a curiosity-driven approach to learning about freshwater ecology.Underwater technologies are explored as creative tools whilst focussed interaction with blue spaces enhances well-being in general.

listen to underwater soundscapes

“Thank you for doing something different. There are a lot of art events and craft activities but this was something totally different and lots of fun. We’d love to do it again!”

become a citizen-scientist for the day

The sounds feed into research being undertaken by a global team of acoustic ecologists.

case study

The first group of sonic pond-dippers arrived at a nature reserve in County Durham in February 2022. Instead of nets, they clasped headphones. In their hands were audio recorders, not white specimen trays.

book your listening experience

Can be arranged for family events, public engagement activities, academic conferences, or ecological workshops.

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