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A Walk Along the Riverbank

Suitable for: Book Clubs

Sponsored by: May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Imagine walking beside a river on a lovely sunny day. What treats would be in store for us? In the background we would hear the gurgling of the river as it makes its way to the sea. Perhaps we’d hear the sharp note of a coot or a moorhen as they go about their business. Join us for a meander along the riverbank to witness an otter and its footprint, to discover wonderful wild flowers at the water’s edge, and to her the sounds of nature including gentle streams and birds calls.

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Imagine walking along beside a river on a lovely sunny day. What treats would be in store for us? In the background we would hear the gurgling of the river as it makes its way to the sea. Perhaps we'd hear the sharp note of a coot or a moorhen as they go about their business. Often enough we would hear the harsh cry of the heron as we disturb its quiet vigil on the bank.
In spring and summer we would certainly hear little warblers who have travelled so far to Britain to mate and bring up a family. A tiny reed warbler may be building its perfect nest between the reeds. Perhaps swallows and house martins are skimming above the water looking for insects. We will certainly hear the buzz of bees as they busy themselves collecting nectar and pollen. If we are lucky we may hear the "plop" of a water vole diving into the water to get out of our way.
Soundless beauties to be discovered are the wildflowers. So many flowers love the water's edge and one, in particular, likes to be right in the water! We have included three lovely flowers for you the Great Willowherb, the Yellow Flag Iris and the Yellow Water-lily.
The reader on the audio guide describes these wild flowers and many others in her walk in the Brecon Beacons; first along the River Usk then on the shores of Llangorse Lake, where she finds the water-lily glowing yellow in the still water.
If you are walking near water you would be unlikely to hear the high pitched squeals of the otter. Otters are mainly nocturnal creatures and it is only rarely that they are seen during the day. However, we may find their tracks, either footprints on a muddy bank or their spraints, that is, their droppings.
Peter Boex's original carving of the tactile picture perfectly captures the sinuous beauty of the otter as it dives after an unfortunate fish. Otters are supreme hunters. We have also included a moulding of an otter's footprint.

What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Coloured picture book of the raised images. Guidance Notes to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Great Willowherb,
Yellow Water-Lily,
Yellow Flag Iris,
Otter and Footprint

What our members say

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We all loved it Nature is such a popular choice, some of our residents listened to it several times individually. We particularly enjoy the beautiful music and clear speech. We enjoyed it so much we would have liked it to be a longer version Library Member
An Evocative Commentary We used this book as a group and some of our members used it individually. The commentary was particularly enjoyed. Burntwood In-Sight Group
Excellent Beneficial for hearing and sighted impaired residents and others. Led on to reminiscing, poetry and discussion of animals found on the riverbank. Well set out information. Would have liked even more animals to be included. Library Member
loved listening to the information and reminisced about walks they had been on They loved listening to the information and reminisced about walks they had been on. They liked hearing the birdsong in the background but said that they would have enjoyed it if this had carried on throughout the audio as though they were outside. Library Member
This book was really enjoyed by all my members This book was really enjoyed by all my members. For our holiday at home for older people at our church. One lady aged 95 really enjoyed this riverbank title. She said ‘I have never been to Wales, it was really good. The USB was easy to use. Library Member
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