Cliffs and Crags

Brett Westwood is joined by keen bird watcher, Stephen Moss on the magnificent rolling hills of the Long Mynd in Shropshire. With the help of wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson they offer a practical and entertaining guide to the birds which you're most likely to see and hear on the cliffs and crags of upland Britain; birds like the Raven, Peregrine and one of Brett's favourite birds, the Mountain Blackbird or Ring Ouzel; a bird he first saw in April 1971 when it stopped off migration and "I've never missed an Ouzel April since then" he says, returning to the same site every year to see this rather striking-looking bird, with its sooty black feathers and white crescent or bib.

This is the second of five programmes to help you identify many of the birds seen and heard in Upland Britain; on heather moors, upland grasslands, cliffs and crags, bogs and mires and the high mountain tops. 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 five previous series; A Guide to Garden Birds, A Guide Woodland Birds, A Guide to Water Birds, A Guide to Coastal Birds and A Guide to Farmland Birds and is aimed at both the complete novice as well as those who are eager to learn more about our upland visitors and residents.

PRODUCER: Sarah Blunt.

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15 minutes

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Tue 8 Jan 2013 13:45

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The Long Mynd, Shropshire

The series was recorded on The Long Mynd, Shropshire.  Visitor information is available from the National Trust.