9 episodes

The Seasonal Sensations podcast is about helping you to create a closer connection with nature through your senses.
Each episode will contain:
Seasonal Observations - We will talk about what we have noticed in nature over the last couple of weeks. There may be special guests or listener messages.
Mindful Moment - A 5-minute guided mindfulness meditation, each one tailored to the subject of the podcast throughout the changing seasons.
Noticing Nature - A suggested activity for you to try, that will help you connect to nature using your different senses.

Seasonal Sensations Podcast Holly Booker and Andy Shipley

    • Science

The Seasonal Sensations podcast is about helping you to create a closer connection with nature through your senses.
Each episode will contain:
Seasonal Observations - We will talk about what we have noticed in nature over the last couple of weeks. There may be special guests or listener messages.
Mindful Moment - A 5-minute guided mindfulness meditation, each one tailored to the subject of the podcast throughout the changing seasons.
Noticing Nature - A suggested activity for you to try, that will help you connect to nature using your different senses.

    Episode 8 - Winter Solstice

    Episode 8 - Winter Solstice

    Welcome to our winter solstice edition of the Seasonal Sensations Podcast.

    We welcome back Rachel DeSumma from Australia to talk about what is happening where she is, as they head towards midsummer's day on the other side of the world. Discussions involve everything from Christmas trees to tapdancing squirrel-gliders, and spider-eating potter-wasps to long-necked turtles!

    Of course we also have our Seasonal Observations - what we've been noticing in nature since our last podcast - as well as What to look out for between now and our next episode.

    The Mindful Moment is brought to you this time by Rachel - it is 5 minutes of guided meditation for you to enjoy!

    In our Fascinating Facts section, Andy explains the significance of the white mistletoe berries and the red holly ones, and why evergreen plants were used in many ancient traditions.

    So, take some time out for yourself and give it a listen!

    Audio credits

    The following audio clips are used under the Creative Commons Attribution License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    Sound effects from https://freesound.org/

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    Bird songs and calls, all from https://www.xeno-canto.org/

    XC134246 - White-plumed Honeyeater - Ptilotula penicillata - Marc Anderson

    XC200384 - White-winged Chough - Corcorax melanorhamphos - Marc Anderson

    XC314200 - Common Starling - Sturnus vulgaris - iSpiny

    XC329735 - European Robin - Erithacus rubecula - David M

    XC579727 - Red Kite - Milvus milvus - Ed Stubbs

    XC634853 - Common Blackbird - Turdus merula - Susanne Kuijpers

    XC635431 - House Sparrow - Passer domesticus domesticus - András Schmidt

    XC656392 - Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos philomelos - Guy Kirwan

    • 51 min
    Episode 7 - Spooky Sensations

    Episode 7 - Spooky Sensations

    Welcome to our Halloween episode!

    In this podcast, we chat about some of the more sinister goings on in nature at this time of year, as well as some Halloween -y fascinating facts.

    We also share our tips on things to look out for in the natural world at this time of year.

    Of course there's the usual 'Mindful Moment' - our guided meditation to encourage you to take some time out for yourself - and we have a Halloween dare for you to try this time.

    Let's get spooky!

    Sound effects from www.freesound.org

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    397655__gadzooks__fox-barking Freesound.org

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    Bird sounds from www.xeno-canto.org

    XC445246 - Redwing - Turdus iliacus by Dominic Garcia-Hall

    XC526683 - Pink-footed Goose - Anser brachyrhynchus by david m

    XC656143 - Tawny Owl - Strix aluco by MERCIER Christophe

    XC668086 - Western Barn Owl - Tyto alba by Lars Mogensen

    • 40 min
    Episode 6 - Autumn Equinox

    Episode 6 - Autumn Equinox

    Welcome back to the Seasonal Sensations podcast!

    In this episode we talk about the changes that are happening in nature at this time of year, what's been happening over the summer and what to look out for over the coming weeks.

    The different sections are as follows:


    Seasonal Observations.
    Mindful Moment - guided 5 minute meditation.
    What to look out for.
    Fascinating Facts.
    Our invitation to you - a suggested activity for you to try before the next podcast.

    Links

    Sun Serpent at Chichen Itza in Mexico Chichen Itza: El Castillo, Pyramid of Kukulkan | Chichen itza, Pyramids, Rare historical photos (pinterest.co.uk)

    Poplar Hawkmoth Poplar Hawk-moth (butterfly-conservation.org)

    Audio credits

    All audio clips are used under the Creative Commons Attribution License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    Bird songs and calls, all from https://www.xeno-canto.org/

    XC314200 - Common Starling - Sturnus vulgaris by iSpiny

    XC329735 - European Robin - Erithacus rubecula by David M

    XC445246 - Redwing - Turdus iliacus by Dominic Garcia-Hall

    XC526683 - Pink-footed Goose - Anser brachyrhynchus by David M

    XC575274 - Fieldfare - Turdus pilaris by Stanislas Wroza

    XC670205 - Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica by Domagoj Tomičić; 

    • 38 min
    Episode 5 - Midsummer

    Episode 5 - Midsummer

    In this episode we talk about the Equinox - the start of summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere.

    Rachel DeSumma joins us again from Australia as we compare the differences between what's going on in the UK and down under. There are also bird and squirrel impressions to be heard!

    Of course there is our usual 'Mindful Moment' - a short guided mindfulness meditation - to help you be more present in the moment and think about your connection to the rest of nature.

    There's also lots more fascinating facts and nature chat!

    Get in touch with us:

    Facebook: (5) Natural Inclusion | Facebook

    Email: andy@natural-inclusion.org

    Voice message: Seasonal Sensations Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

    Bird songs and calls, all from https://www.xeno-canto.org/

    Short clip of birdsong in between sections - Dawn chorus birdsong - 234889__nebulousflynn__dawn-chorus-birdsong-london-uk https://freesound.org/

    Information from Rachel about some of the things she mentioned in the podcast:

    Here are some resources about the stone formations tracking the winter and summer solstice at Wurdi Youang

    https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-15098959

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-12/aboriginal-astronomy-provides-clues-to-ancient-life/7925024

    Here's a more technical research paper http://www.aboriginalastronomy.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Hamacher-2012-Wurdi-Youang.pdf

    Information about Antechinus

    https://blog.publish.csiro.au/carnivorous-marsupials/

    Information about flowering plants

    So many different types of hakea. This is one of my favourites. Bright red balls with spikey white/ yellow bits https://www.australianplants.com/plants.aspx?id=1096

    Correa upside down bell shaped flowers a bit like a native hibiscus. there are a few varieties. I think I saw a correa glabra

    https://nativeplantproject.com.au/product/rock-correa/

    or a correa backhousea

    https://vicflora.rbg.vic.gov.au/flora/taxon/c2772b45-170f-47e2-a617-573127cfe7f2

    Pigface https://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/interns-2005/carpobrotus-glaucescens.html

    • 45 min
    Episode 4 - Marvellous May

    Episode 4 - Marvellous May

    In this episode, we discuss some strange noises, plastic grass and hawthorn brandy!

    There is also our regular Mindful Moment and this time we're thinking about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and how we can use them to look after our mental health. It is Mental Health Awareness week from Monday 10th of May and you can find out more about that here - Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 - Mental Health UK (mentalhealth-uk.org) 

    We mention wood sorrel and garlic mustard as a couple of plants that can be foraged at this time of year, and a really good site to know what to forage is the Woodland Trust - Foraging Guide - Month by Month - Woodland Trust

    Get in touch with us:

    Facebook: (5) Natural Inclusion | Facebook

    Email: andy@natural-inclusion.org 

    Voice message: Seasonal Sensations Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

    Audio credits:

    All audio clips are used under the Creative Commons Attribution License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    Dawn chorus birdsong - 234889__nebulousflynn__dawn-chorus-birdsong-london-uk https://freesound.org/

    Dawn chorus 2 - 443272__einton__dawn-chorus-1986 https://freesound.org/

    239909__odilonmarcenaro__bees-and-bumblebees-foraging https://freesound.org/

    Bird songs and calls, all from https://www.xeno-canto.org/

    XC638778 - European Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis by Stephan Risch

    XC637715 - Dunnock - Prunella modularis by Peter Boesman

    XC642885 - Common Wood Pigeon - Columba palumbus by Sven Kransel

    XC621402 - Eurasian Collared Dove - Streptopelia decaocto by Irish Wildlife Sounds

    XC629943 - Mistle Thrush - Turdus viscivorus viscivorus by Peter Stronach

    XC635431 - House Sparrow - Passer domesticus domesticus by AndrAjs Schmidt

    XC602323 - European Pied Flycatcher - Ficedula hypoleuca by Micha Luhn

    XC575177 - Common Swift - Apus apus by Pierre Michel

    XC641926 - Eurasian Woodcock - Scolopax rusticola by Uka Paal

    XC57906 Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago faeroeensis by Ruud van Beusekom

    XC643565 - Common Nightingale - Luscinia megarhynchos by Peter Boesman

    • 34 min
    Episode 3 - Earth Day

    Episode 3 - Earth Day

    In this special extended episode in honour of Earth Day, we talk to Rachel DeSumma from Victoria, Australia. Rachel is a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide in the Dandenong Ranges and shares with us some Seasonal Observations from down under! There is bird mimicry and fungi that look like olives, so prepared to be amazed! 

    Take 5 minutes to feel your connection to our Earth with the Mindful Moment.

    Our Noticing Nature activity this time is to join in with Earth Day activities on Tuesday 22nd April. This could be something you do yourself, like plant some flowers for bees in your garden or flower box, build a bug hotel or go on a litter pick. If you need some inspiration, visit Event Map — Digital Earth Day (arcgis.com) to find organised events around the world.

    Let us know what you have noticed, and also if you know the reason that red foxes bark at night around this time of year in the UK.

    Facebook: (5) Natural Inclusion | Facebook

    Email: andy@natural-inclusion.org

    Voice message: Seasonal Sensations Podcast • A podcast on Anchor



    Audio credits:

    All audio clips are used under the Creative Commons Attribution License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/



    Dawn chorus birdsong - 234889__nebulousflynn__dawn-chorus-birdsong-london-uk https://freesound.org/

    Red fox barking - 537587__craig-cerinocraigsays__red-fox-screeching https://freesound.org/



    Bird songs and calls, all from https://www.xeno-canto.org/

    UK species:

    XC607768 - Eurasian Blackcap song - Sylvia atricapilla atricapilla. Jarek Matusiak

    XC597437 - Common Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus collybita. Alexander Henderson

    XC634621 - Eurasian Treecreeper - Certhia familiaris. Jerome Fischer

    XC603742 - Common Pheasant - Phasianus colchicus. Peter Ward and Ken Hall

    XC634853 - Common Blackbird - Turdus merula. Susanne Kuijpers

    XC636347 - Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major. Eduardo Realinho

    XC637874 - European Greenfinch - Chloris chloris. Agris Celmins

    XC637823 - Rook - Corvus frugilegus. Irish Wildlife Sounds

    XC560815 - Common Cuckoo - Cuculus canorus. Ireneusz Oleksik

    XC631742 - Eurasian Nuthatch - Sitta europaea. Neils Van Doninck

    XC635230 - Willow Warbler - Phylloscopus trochilus. Stanislas Wroza

    Australian species:

    XC172223 - Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo - Calyptorhynchus funereus. Marc Anderson

    XC283571 - Grey Shrikethrush - Colluricincla harmonica harmonica. Nick Talbot

    XC204398 - Grey Fantail - Rhipidura albiscapa albiscapa. Marc Anderson

    XC407944 - Superb Fairywren - Malurus cyaneus cyaneus. Frank Lambert

    XC460806 - Superb Lyrebird - Menura novaehollandiae novaehollandiae. Marc Anderson

    • 35 min

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