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Samuel West at Rainham Marshes in Essex

Ramblings, Series 22 Episode 4 of 6

Duration:
23 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 11 October 2012

Clare Balding walks with the actor, and passionate bird-watcher, Samuel West around one of his favourite birding spots, the RSPB reserve at Rainham Marshes in Essex.

Currently in rehearsals for a West End production of Uncle Vanya, Samuel West takes a day off to share with Clare Balding his deep love of birding.

He's drawn to birdlife because, he says, it reflects human-nature so well, "birds interact with the world through colour and song, both of which we - as humans - really get."

A trip to Kenya at the age of 14 ignited this passion; "In Britain, birds were 3 inches long and brown.. in Kenya they were 7ft tall and couldn't fly, or bright blue... they were easy to tell apart... that's where it all started".

Producer: Karen Gregor.

  • Sam West coaching Clare Balding in the art of bird-watching

    Sam West coaching Clare Balding in the art of bird-watching

  • View across Rainham Marshes from one of the hides

    View across Rainham Marshes from one of the hides

  • Evidence of the military history at Rainham Marshes

    Evidence of the military history at Rainham Marshes

  • In one of the hides at Rainham Marshes

    In one of the hides at Rainham Marshes

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