High Mountain Tops

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Brett Westwood is joined by keen bird watcher Stephen Moss in rather wild and windy weather on the rolling hills of the Long Mynd in Shropshire and with the help of recordings by 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 Britain's high mountain tops; birds like Dotterel (which by an amazing bit of luck Brett and Stephen see on the Long Mynd as it stops off on migration), the colour changing Ptarmigan (known colloquially in America as the Snow Chicken because of its white colouring in winter) and a songbird, the Snow Bunting.

This is the last in a series 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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Fri 11 Jan 2013 13:45
BBC Radio 4 FM only

The Long Mynd, Shropshire

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

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