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. As spring breaks over the British Isles, and summer settles in, I’ll be documenting the wonder and richness of the natural world and bringing it into as many homes as I can.
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 →
Customer ReviewsSee All
Melissa's natural, unaffected delivery coupled with her producer's mastery of the audio production perfectly captures a sense of watching over her shoulder
observing wildlife, weather and nature around her village. Rabbits at dusk..... I'm right there with breath held. The wonderful recordings and knowledge of individual birdsong, how do you do it? Unique, delightful, transporting. More please.
Peter Anderton. Devon
This podcast has been with me all summer as I’ve gardened and painted almost the entire house with my earbuds in. Such a revelation- I love being outdoors anyway and was brought up on Sunday walks in the New Forest but this has really reawakened my childhood interest in birds while on covid—allowed dog walks/ exercise. I recommend wholeheartedly as an antidote to everyday worries - Melissa’s gentle philosophy completely won me over and I’ve now moved on to her novels. Absolutely brilliant.
A tonic for the mind and soul.
Thank you Melissa for a truly wonderful podcast, I can say, without exaggeration, it has been a sheer delight ! I have learnt so much from your weekly rambles,how to observe, listen and to really appreciate the changing seasons and apply it all on my own daily walks around the countryside in which I am privileged to live.I love the guests you invite on to your podcast and the poetry adds yet another touch of sheer pleasure.