Press the play of nature
- A project website FOCUS Natura that combines different ecosystems, atmospheres and birdsong, to create soundscapes with which to relax, concentrate and enjoy nature from home.
- FOCUS Natura It is part of Life + Active Natura 2000 Network, Which develops SEO / BirdLife with the EFE Agency and has been created by advertising agency Rushmore.
The pace of life that we can not have many quiet moments. In particular, young people are increasingly stimuli and information which, added to a disconnection with nature, it is causing loss in our ability to concentrate. Different studies support that greater contact with natural environments and naturalized improves attention span of people and aid relaxation. The project FOCUS Natura, Created by SEO / BirdLife, which began with a first experimental phase leading to a space of the Natura 2000 network young people with Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD) Culminates with this website in which you can create visual pieces inspired by nature when it is not possible to make such direct contact with the environment.
Located in the Natura 2000 network, the largest network of protected areas in Europe which houses places that can be found within walking distance spaces - 80% of the population in Spain has one nearby - the web www.seo.org/escuchalanaturalezaIt offers the possibility to create musical compositions from sounds of nature, on the main musical element the birdsong and complemented with field sounds and environments that are illustrating forming a unique visual pieces.
65 songs of birds captured from nature by ornithologist and technical specialist sound in birds, Carlos de Hita, available to create songs that can be shared on social networks and download to your computer to create playlists that help users relax and improve your concentration. In hours of study or just relaxing, young (and anyone) you can create a list of songs that can be downloaded tablets, smartphones or computers to give the play nature whenever they want.
"In SEO / BirdLife we are convinced that going to the field is good for health and encourage people to do so. But when this is not possible, we have created this site to introduce nature into our homes and allows us to feel its benefits through soundscapes composed by ourselves. Sounds and images created by Ms. Rushmore, One of the most important advertising agencies of our country, "said Beatriz Sanchez, head of Life+ Activa Red Natura 2000 coordinated by SEO / BirdLife and which has developed this action to bring the Natura 2000 network and its benefits to young people.
The Natura 2000 network is the network of protected areas created by the European Union in 1992, with the aim to protect species and habitats most valuable and threatened the continent. It consists of more than 27,000 spaces through all EU countries. 80% of Spaniards live near an area of the Natura 2000 network "Therefore, and because they are not untouchable spaces, but allow the development of human activities, are the perfect setting to bring nature to the ordinary citizen "adds Beatriz Sanchez.
To facilitate the location www.seo.org/escuchalanaturaleza incorporates a search engine that allows the user to know their closest Natura 2000 areas and some of the species of birds that can be seen or heard in it.
This information can inspire the user to create his musical composition and begin a unique experience. From the "Create your environment” comienzan una serie de pasos con recursos gráficos y sonoros para relajarse y sentir la naturaleza. Una vez se elija el nombre del ambiente empieza la composición: se elige el ecosistema Natura 2000 (bosque, campos abiertos, mar, montaña y zonas húmedas), la atmósfera (día, lluvia, nocturno, tormenta y viento), y por último el sonido de las especies de aves, que incluyen una descripción de cada una de ellas con ilustraciones del artista de naturaleza Juan Varela.
Once created the theme song can be recorded and add to the gallery, share on social networks and download to generate lists that can be heard at any time and device to feel nature. The objective SEO / BirdLife want to achieve with this website is to bring the Natura 2000 network and cause the user a relaxing experience, starting from the premise that nature is health.
Nature as a source of health
The project FOCUS Natura It is based on various studies they have shown that listening to the birdsong relaxes and helps improve concentration ability.
"We want to encourage young people to come to nature because it can help," adds Beatriz Sanchez. The initial phase of the project has demonstrated that listening to the sounds of nature and, in particular, the birdsong may help you relax and improve concentration ability.
"We went with a group of students from IES Altair Getafe to a space of the Natura 2000 network and we related to listening to the birdsong and the result activities, which you can see in the video, is really exciting, "says Laura Benitez, environmental educator SEO / BirdLife.
Turns on Life + Natura 2000
FOCUS Natura It is part of the communication project Life+ Activa Red Natura 2000 which calls for action to society to know and be involved in the conservation of the Natura 2000 network
SEO / BirdLife and Agencia EFE develop this great project supported by the European Commission. Co-financiers are the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Biodiversity, Red Electrica of Spain and the autonomous regions of Andalusia, Castilla y Leon, Basque Country, Navarra, Balearic Islands, Castilla-La Mancha, Madrid and Cantabria Foundation.
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