SOUNDS OF NATURE – Red Deer stag during rut

October 8th 2020

Sounds of Nature Project

This Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage

SOUNDS OF NATURE – Red Deer stag during rut

The Field Club’s Sounds of Nature Project was inspired by a chance encounter in May 2019 between two Assynt Field Club members and Clive Davis who was holidaying in Assynt. Clive, who is a member of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society, was making sound recordings of birds, etc. in the area.

The mental health benefits of listening to bird song and other sounds of nature have been well reported.  Our website is by necessity very visual, both with regards to images and words. The main aim of our project therefore is to make the site, and hence Assynt’s wildlife, more accessible and meaningful for those with a visual impairment.

More information about the project along with links to other recordings can be found on the website’s Sounds of Nature Project page.

SOUNDS OF NATURE – Red Deer stag during rut 2020 (David Haines, October 2020)

This recording is of a Red Deer stag roaring and grunting during the rutting season 2020. It is one animal near Culkein Drumbeg recorded over several hours. The recording as presented helps to illustrate the vast range of sounds produced by the stags during this time. Rather than have long phases when the stag is silent we have edited the recording to give you a feel for the rut.

Finally the recording was made in darkness so we can’t say how close the stag was, but it did move closer as you will hear!

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