Back up to: The Essay
5/5 Poet and writer Paul Farley explores why a bittern can sound like reggae.
4/5 Bird song recordist Geoff Sample explores whether birds sings symphonically.
3/5 Composer Edward Cowie shares his enthusiasm for lyre and bell birds.
2/5 Behaviour expert Professor Tim Birkhead explores how birds learn to sing.
1/5 Nature writer Richard Mabey reflects on how and why we like to sing together.