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SOUNDSCAPE: The Swallow's Journey
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From the southern tip of South Africa to a village in Scotland.

Monday to Friday 3.45-4.00pm 5-9 August 2002 (Repeat)

Soundscape is a journey of sound following the migration of a single swallow from her winter quarters in South Africa, to her breeding ground in a small Scottish farmyard.

Swallow

This series is a unique collaboration between ornithologist and writer Stephen Moss, wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson and the BBC Natural History Unit's radio department.
Narrated by Bill Patterson, each programme follows a different leg of the swallow's migration, combining a rich variety of sounds with powerful narration to produce an evocative, imaginative series.

Along the way, the swallow encounters the chilling squeals of zebras as they succumb to a lion attack on the plains, the high-pitched cries of fish eagles, and deep laughing bellows of hippos wallowing in the Limpopo River.

Together, the moving soundtrack and dramatic narration make for a very exciting and unique audio journey.

Episode 1: Monday 5 August

The journey from South Africa begins and the female swallow faces unexpected dangers when a falcon attacks one of her fellow travellers.

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Episode 2: Tuesday 6 August

The journey through Africa continues, but before she reaches the Sahara desert, she encounters a tropical storm, which almost kills her.

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Episode 3: Wednesday 7 August

The Sahara desert is the largest in the world, and for all migrant birds it is the greatest test of endurance.

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Episode 4: Thursday 8 August

Our swallow is almost home with just the Mediterranean Sea and France to cross. But she is far from safe.

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Episode 5: Friday 9 August

At last she reaches the farmyard of her birth in Scotland. She is safe, but a prowling farm cat stalks her into a barn and seizes the opportunity to pounce...

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