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All six of BBC Radio 4's entertaining and practical guides to the birds of Great Britain, their habitats and their sounds.
'An absolute joy from start to finish.' (Jane Anderson, Radio Times)
Presenter Brett Westwood joins forces with BAFTA award-winning producer and naturalist Stephen Moss for six delightful and informative series, introducing us to some of Britain's most popular and best-loved birds.
Together with wildlife sound recordist Chris Moss, they tour the UK, tracking down the rich variety of species that make their home there - from garden and woodland birds to ones that live on water, by the coast, on farms and in the mountains and moors. Recorded on location in Somerset, the Forest of Dean, Devonshire, the Marlborough Downs and Shropshire's Long Mynd, each programme focuses on a different habitat and type of bird, giving us a comprehensive overview of British avian life.
There's a wealth of advice on how to recognise birds from their appearance and identify them from their songs and calls - enabling you to easily sort out your blue tits from your great tits, and your house sparrows from your tree sparrows. Brett and Stephen also share fascinating facts about bird behaviour, revealing that playful jackdaws enjoy doing acrobatics in air currents and ravens love to 'ski' in the snow.
Full of useful information and helpful tips, this collection will appeal to novice and experienced birdwatchers alike, as well as gardeners, walkers, ramblers and anyone who is keen to know more about the beautiful birds of the British Isles.
Presented by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss
Sound recordist: Chris Watson
Produced by Julian Hector
Series producer: Sarah Blunt
A Guide to Garden Birds
Episode 1: 'Thrushes' 22nd May 2007
Episode 2: 'Titmice' 29th May 2007
Episode 3: 'Finches' 5th June 2007
Episode 4: 'Woodland Visitors' 12th June 2007
Episode 5: 'House Guests' 19th June 2007
A Guide to Woodland Birds
Episode 1: 'Classic Woodland Birds' 25th May 2008
Episode 2: 'Common Warblers' 1st June 2008
Episode 3: 'The Oakwood Trio' 8th June 2008
Episode 4: 'Conifer Specialists' 15th June 2008
Episode 5: 'The Big Stuff' 22nd June 2008
A Guide to Water Birds
Episode 1: 'Wet Meadow Waders' 31st May 2009
Episode 2: 'Ducks' 7th June 2009
Episode 3: 'Warblers' 14th June 2009
Episode 4: 'Rails' 21st June 2009
Episode 5: 'River Birds' 28th June 2009
A Guide to Coastal Birds
Episode 1: 'Estuaries' 8th August 2010
Episode 2: 'Sandy Shores' 15th August 2010
Episode 3: 'Rocky Shores' 22nd August 2010
Episode 4: 'Sea Cliffs' 29th August 2010
Episode 5: 'Offshore Islands' 5th September 2010
A Guide to Farmland Birds
Episode 1: 'Arable Fields' 15th August 2011
Episode 2: 'Winter Pastures' 16th August 2011
Episode 3: 'Hedgerows' 17th August 2011
Episode 4: 'Copses' 18th August 2011
Episode 5: 'Farmyards' 19th August 2011
A Guide to Mountain and Moorland Birds
Episode 1: 'Heather Moors' 7th January 2013
Episode 2: 'Cliffs and Crags' 8th January 2013
Episode 3: 'Upland Grasslands' 9th January 2013
Episode 4: 'Bogs and Mires' 10th January 2013
Episode 5: 'High Mountain Tops' 11th January 2013