I am a nature writer and novelist, and I’m lucky enough to be able to walk out of my cottage straight into Suffolk’s beautiful open countryside. For six months – as spring 2020 broke over the British Isles, and summer turned to autumn – I documented the wonder and richness of the natural world and the changing seasons and brought the outdoors into as many locked-down homes as I could.
Episode Twenty-eight: Outtakes
Making a nature podcast is harder than you think... Note: Contains bad words and loud noises! Listen →
Episode Twenty-seven: Meaning
Join Melissa for the last time on a longer walk than usual, taking in some familiar landmarks from earlier in the series. It’s a damp and misty autumn afternoon and the air smells of wet leaves and woodsmoke. Listen →
Episode Twenty-six: Weather
Join Melissa in her cosy cottage as wind and rain lash down outside. The autumn migration is underway, and billions of birds are on the move; indoors, it’s time to light the fire. Listen →
Episode Twenty-five: Healing
Join Melissa as she cycles to an abandoned World War II airbase and explores the old runways. A sharp breeze is plucking acorns from the trees, and skylarks are feeding in the brown stubble fields. Listen →
Episode Twenty-four: Faltering
Join Melissa and Scout as they walk down towards the village at sunset. The shadows of oaks stretch long over the stubble fields, the evening star comes out and pheasants fuss and cluck themselves to bed. Listen →
Episode Twenty-three: Encounter
Join Melissa as the sun rises on a crisp, cool autumn day; there are deer and hares in the dawn fields, and robins sing wistfully from the hedgerows. Listen →
In its literal meaning of inspiring awe for not only the breadth of Melissa’s endeavour but also for its concentrated focus on the local and the present. I’ve followed Melissa on Twitter for ages and am currently reading the Stubborn Light of Things. The Podcast adds another dimension with such immediacy, you can imagine you’re there.
I listen often, particularly at times of anxiety, and they never fail to work their magic.
A comforting hug of a podcast
As soon as I hear the opening music and the ‘hi! How are you doing?’ I am instantly relaxed. Melissa Harrison takes us on walks near her home in Suffolk, talking in hushed tones as not to disturb the wildlife and makes the natural world seem so inviting. As someone who cannot tell a Robin’s song from a Raven’s (yet!) this felt like the encouragement I needed to see that being able to identify the wildlife and nature around me wasn’t unachievable. Listening to this and the different poems and other nature writers each week including Gilbert White’s diary entries made me feel inspired everytime to pull on my boots and walk down the lane.
A dream podcast - I’m feeling bereft now I’ve come to the last episode.
I have joined this party late - early summer 2021 - what joy these recordings bring
Happy I have half the series as yet to listen to- sad that it will end ..,
Unless Melissa has plans to record an occasional extra treat 🙏🏽🌺