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 →
Entrancing and beautifully made. A podcast you don’t so much look forward to as come to depend on.
A beautiful new podcast
I love Melissa Harrison's new podcast - it is so atmospheric and personal to her own experiences of the countryside and all that entails for her. The inclusion of poets and other voices adds to the richness of each episode.
This podcast is the perfect antidote to everything that’s going on in the world. It’s like being invited into a lovely dream.