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Episode 1

Episode 1 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 15 August 2011

Brett Westwood is joined by keen bird watcher, Stephen Moss, on an arable farm on the Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire. With the help of wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson they offer a practical and entertaining guide to identifying the birds which you're most likely to see and hear in arable fields on Britain's farms; birds like Skylark, Grey Partridge, Red-legged Partridge and Lapwing.

This is the first of five programmes to help identify many of the birds seen and heard in the British countryside, in hedgerows, copses, winter pastures, farmyards and arable fields. Not only is there advice on how to recognise the birds from their appearance, but also how to identify them from their calls and songs.

This series complements four previous series; A Guide to Garden Birds, A Guide Woodland Birds, A Guide to Water Birds and A Guide to Coastal Birds and is aimed at both the complete novice as well as those who are eager to learn more about our farmland visitors and residents.

  • Pictures of farmland birds

    Follow this link to see some of the farmland birds featured in this series. The pictures were taken by the farm’s owner, David White.

    David's wildlife photographs
  • David White's farm on RSBP website

    The farm where the series was recorded has been shortlisted for the RSPB Nature of Farming Award. Follow the link for more details.

    RSPB Nature of Farming Award, David White, Wiltshire
  • Stephen Moss (left) and Brett Westwood (right)

    Stephen Moss (left) and Brett Westwood (right)

    Image by Sarah Blunt


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