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Episode 3 of 5
Brett Westwood is joined by keen bird watcher, Stephen Moss on the magnificent rolling hills of the Long Mynd in Shropshire as Skylarks rise up out of the heather all around them and pour out their liquid song. With the help of recordings by wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson, Brett and Stephen offer a practical and entertaining guide to the birds which you're most likely to see and hear on Britain's upland grasslands; birds like the Skylark (whose call Brett describes as sounding like "a sparrow with attitude"!), the Meadow Pipit, the Wheatear ("a bit like a light bulb against the moor" as it flies away from you), and the Curlew, whose bubbling song is so evocative of wild places.
This is the third 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.