Best of Natural History Radio

Best of Natural History Radio

The BBC Natural History Unit produces a wide range of programmes that aim to immerse a listener in the wonder, surprise and importance that nature has to offer.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • 27 Mar 15: Soundstage - Dawn Chorus

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson introduces the sounds of a dawn chorus recorded near Aldeburgh in Suffolk in the last in this series of immersive soundscapes. Produced by Sarah Blunt

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  • 26 Mar 15: Soundstage - Glacial Melt

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The extraordinary and powerful sounds of a glacier calving are captured by wildlife sound recordist, Chris Watson in this immersive soundscape. Produced by Sarah Blunt

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  • 25 Mar 15: Soundstage - The Wash

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson introduces the extraordinary sounds which accompany the movement of the tides on the Wash, in this series of immersive soundscapes. Produced by Sarah Blunt

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  • 24 Mar 15: Soundstage - St James' Park

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson introduces the sounds of the city on Match Day in Newcastle upon Tyne in the second in a series of immersive soundscapes. Produced by Sarah Blunt

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  • 23 Mar 15: Soundstage - Midnight at the oasis

    Mon, 23 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson narrates the first in a series of audio postcards capturing spectacular wild sound events, beginning in the Kalahari desert. Produced by Sarah Blunt

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  • Living World - Dabbling Ducks, 1st March '15

    Sun, 1 Mar 15

    Duration:
    22 mins

    In winter, the UK's estuaries and wetlands play host to many species of 'dabbling,' or surface feeding, ducks. Chris Sperring visits the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire to find out more about them.

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  • Living World, Giant Fungus - 22 Feb 2015

    Sun, 22 Feb 15

    Duration:
    22 mins

    Chris Sperring and Michael Jordan of the Association of British Fungus Groups go in search of giant bracket fungus in Dommett Wood in Somerset. Bracket fungus grow on a variety of native trees. The vegetative part of the fungus, known as mycelium, grows under the bark of fallen wood or living trees, and will eventually break down and rot the host tree. However, the part that can most easily be seen is the fruiting body of bracket fungus. These fruiting bodies, growing on tree trunks and fallen logs, allow the fungus to reproduce and exist to produce and liberate millions of microscopic spores.

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  • The Living World: Wood Mice of Wytham 6th Feb 2015

    Sun, 15 Feb 15

    Duration:
    22 mins

    In the company of Marc Brouard and Nigel Fisher, Conservator of Wytham Woods, Trai Anfield hears how these small mammals have a vital role to play in the ecology of the woodland. Wytham Woods, is reputedly, the most studied woodland in World. Marc Brouard is the latest in a long line of scientific researchers to undertake field studies on small mammals. In 1943 Charles Elton, known as 'the father of modern ecology', studied wood mice and bank voles and his work was followed up by H.N. Southern who examined the impact of predation by tawny owls on populations of small mammals. Marc aims to understand how the characteristics of individual wood mice and bank voles can affect the survival of each species.

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  • The Cliff, Ep4 - 12th Feb 2015

    Thu, 12 Feb 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Martin Palmer, Secretary General of The Alliance of Religions and Conservation reflects on the spiritual responses evoked by cliffs in religious stories and traditions.

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  • The Cliff, Ep3 - 11th Feb 2015

    Wed, 11 Feb 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Geologist Zoe Shipton explains how cliffs can be read like books to reveal the geological history of the earth.

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