The BBC Nature Sound Effects Library

70+ categories of nature, ambience, & animal sounds

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Welcome to the most diverse array of nature and animal sound effects in the world. The BBC Nature Sound Effects Library is an extensive collection of 13,695 royalty-free sound effects recorded by BBC's top sound engineers from the late 1960ʼs on.

Never before released, this library contains seventy categories of nature, ambience and animal sound effects that cross borders and span the globe. Sounds include Apes from Borneo, ice cracking in Alaska, Killer Whale sound effects from Norway, Ethiopian Baboons and thousands more.

This library also includes ten thousand bird sounds, from Costa Rican Vultures to Canadian Sparrows, from French Bee Eaters to South Georgian Macaroni Penguins. The BBC Nature Archives is sure to impress with international sounds from the around the world.

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  • 13,695 sound effects (278GB)
  • 16-bit/44.1 kHz broadcast .wav files
  • Delivery Options:
  • Mac & PC compatible
  • 3-year data replacement policy

All sounds in the BBC Nature Sound Effects Library were recorded by BBCʼs top sound engineers from across all corners of the globe.

This library contains rich, embedded metadata for pinpoint sound effects searches. All sound effects are descriptively named and intuitively categorized in folders so you can easily browse. Metadata is compatible with Soundminer, Pro Tools, AVID, Final Cut Pro, NetMix, BaseHead and more.