Sounds of Nature – River Inver

February 2nd 2023

Sounds of Nature Project

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


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 – River Inver (David Haines, February 2023)

An Assynt riverside walk is always exciting at any time of year. But, after heavy rain the River Inver simply has to be visited for both the visual and aural experience. The sound recordings used here were made in November 2022 after one such spell of rain.

For the sound track below five separate recordings were combined. Some give a flavour of the constant noise from the river, but we also incorporated a few quieter side eddies.

All of the recordings were made between the access gate in Lochinver and the stone wall near the wide rapids.

Of course it’s not just the crashing noise of the water that makes this walk exciting. Any time of the year will offer you a variety of wildlife to enjoy. Just a couple of examples from this visit were a small spider making use of Tree Lungwort lichen to anchor its web. Then, near the turning point a small clump of Sulphur Tuft fungi was glowing from a shaded bank of moss. You can always just simply enjoy the sun and the trees making shadows together.

Enjoy, and as ever the best way to listen is through headphones.


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