I don’t have the skills or the equipment to record the sound of a (late) summer rain shower blowing through a beech wood in full leaf on a blustery day, so you’ll just have to take my word for it – it’s unique and, curiously, both exciting and relaxing.

It’s obvious, but being able to appreciate a sound-event like that requires a degree of quiet that’s not always easy to find. It’s certainly denied to anyone in a motor vehicle. Soundscapes are important and very undervalued; almost unnoticed; definitely rarely remarked upon. It’s surely quite stupid to overlook such a huge part of life from how we assess life’s quality.