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Richard Daniel chairs the interactive environmental programme in which he and his guests deal with listeners' questions and concerns.
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Listen to 5 August 2008
Richard Daniel
Tuesday 5 August 2008
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Professor Philip Stott
A Parliament of Things

Dr Carolin Crawford

Derek Moore
The British Trust for Ornithology

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This week's programme:

Is it safe to feed nuts to birds in the Summer?

There have been reports of chicks choking to death on nuts so is it safe to feed nuts to birds during the summer when young chicks are around?

Information on feeding garden birds from the British Trust for Ornithology

Comprehensive feeding guide from the RSPB.

Information on some of the red kite feeding stations in the UK: Llanddeusant Red Kite Feeding Station
Gigrin Farm red kite feeding station
Argaty red kites
Galloway kite trail

How is the Universe expanding?

The Universe has been constantly expanding since the Big Bang around 13.7 billion years ago. But how is it expanding and what is it expanding into?

A web page on the expansion of the Universe from NASA.

Another view of the expansion of the Universe including some useful animations.

A description of the Hot Big Bang theory from Cambridge University.

What was impaling beetles on barbed wire fences in the Inner Hebrides?

A listener saw many beetles impaled on barbed wire fences while walking on Tiree and wanted to know what might be doing it. The panel did not have a conclusive answer, the best guess was a visiting Shrike.

The Red Backed Shrike from the RSPB including video and song recordings.

The Great Grey Shrike.

Picture of a beetle impaled by a Shrike.

As light bends in space is it possible that light from our Universe has been bent round in a complete circle so we could be observing ourselves?

Einstein described how massive objects in space such as stars can bend light so is it possible that some light from our own Galaxy has been bent in a complete circle and we can be watching ourselves?

An article on the bending of light in space as predicted by Einstein.

A description of the warping of space time by gravity.

Einstein was right, probe shows: BBC Report on a recent experiment showing that Einstein was right about how masses distort space.

What is the point of birds?

A listener wanted to know what was the point of bird watching and what does it matter if a species of birds died out?

The use of birds as indicator species.

An article arguing why we need birds.

Bird population trends from the British Trust for Ornithology.

The UK Governments view on biodiversity.

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