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Highly des res

Duration: 02:52

Modern watertight, air-tight buildings don't have the nooks and crannies that birds like to nest in. What birds prefer are traditional or 'messy' buildings. Bill Oddie explores the outbuildings of a farmyard. He finds some swallows' nests in a barn. Not all of them are in use. Swallows choose nice, cool shady places like this to build their nests. One sings vigorously. It has journeyed all the way from Africa to get here, through bad weather and past hungry predators. Swallows are one of Bill's favourite birds.

Available since: Tue 25 May 2010


Bill Oddie
Hilary Jeffkins
Hilary Jeffkins

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Bill Oddie Goes Wild Series 2, Village

4/8 Bill Oddie reveals some wild characters in the Wiltshire village of Urchfont.

First broadcast: 25 Jan 2002

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