SOUNDS OF NATURE – bees and birds

June 13th 2021

Sounds of Nature Project

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

SOUNDS OF NATURE – bees and birds

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 – bees and birds (David Haines, June 2021)

Going to the local shop can have all sorts of consequences in Assynt, most of them enjoyable.

One very recent encounter most definitely fitted that bill. Nancy Millar, who lives in Drumbeg mentioned that a cotoneaster bush in her garden had been packed with bees and wasps feeding on the nectar. The sound from them all was fascinating she said.

That was enough! Next morning we were there, and so were the bees and wasps which you could hear before you could see them.

The cotoneaster was literally moving with them. There were White-tailed Bumblebees Bombus lucorum, Common Carder Bees Bombus pascuorum, a few honey bees Apis mellifera and lots of Tree Wasps Dolichovespula sylvestris.

Being early morning many of the birds were still singing with a Wren and a Song Thrush dominating. The recording below has, at 01:45 the Song Thrush giving an amazing rendering of a vehicle’s reversing beeper. There were no vehicles around at that point!

Enjoy the Drumbeg music, and headphones are the very best way to listen to this soundtrack!

All photographs by D.Haines

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