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Explore the British countryside and delve into the big rural issues with the team at BBC Countryfile Magazine. Follow us on walks into beautiful places and meet fascinating people. Please subscribe! To find out more about the British countryside, visit www.countryfile.com
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Explore the British countryside and delve into the big rural issues with the team at BBC Countryfile Magazine. Follow us on walks into beautiful places and meet fascinating people. Please subscribe! To find out more about the British countryside, visit www.countryfile.com
Subscribe to the print version of BBC Countryfile Magazine at https://www.buysubscriptions.com/print/bbc-countryfile-magazine-subscription

    Sound Escape 12: lesser spotted woodpeckers and spring songbirds in a Celtic rainforest

    Sound Escape 12: lesser spotted woodpeckers and spring songbirds in a Celtic rainforest

    Welcome to BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes – your chance to enjoy a delightful few minutes of spring wildlife no matter how busy you are. In this episode, we're sitting in an oak woodland mid April, listening to the songs of many species but the star performance is the drumming of the lesser spotted woodpecker. The location is the RSPB's Ynys Hir reserve near Machynlleth in mid Wales, famed for its Celtic rainforest. Recorded by Fergus Collins and presented by Hannah Tribe.
     
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    99. A spring adventure in a wildlife paradise – and the quest for a legendary woodpecker

    99. A spring adventure in a wildlife paradise – and the quest for a legendary woodpecker

    Explore a fabulous spring day among the atmospheric woods, meadows and salt marshes of RSPB Ynys Hir on the Dyfi Estuary in mid Wales. Containing a magnificent example of Celtic rainforest, Ynys Hir is home to a fabulous arrays of birds, insects, wildflowers and reptiles. Fergus Collins met manager David Anning for a magical day, culminating in a mystery wildlife encounter deep in the woods.
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    Sound Escape 11: the glorious song of nightingales from a Dorset wood

    Sound Escape 11: the glorious song of nightingales from a Dorset wood

    Welcome to Sound Escapes from BBC Countryfile Magazine – your chance for a relaxing escape into nature no matter how busy you are. In this episode, it's evening at Alners Gorse, a nature reserve in Dorset run by Butterfly Conservation. As the dew falls, the extraordinary song of nightingales rises from the thickets. Recorded by Martin Maudsley and presented by Hannah Tribe
     
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    98. Spring on a Cotswolds farm with Countryfile's Adam Henson

    98. Spring on a Cotswolds farm with Countryfile's Adam Henson

    In the second episode of our Spring Across Britain series, we meet Countryfile's farmer Adam Henson. Adam farms in the Cotswolds and he reveals the extraordinary burgeoning of life on the farm – from serenading skylarks to bleating newborn lambs. Plus, we discuss the role of farmers in creating a sustainable and accessible countryside. Adam's new book, A Year on Adam's Farm is out now. Plus, enjoy listeners' sounds of the week in our Podcast postbag and a beautiful poem by John Clare.
     
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    Sound Escape 10: the soft crooning of nesting geese on the Dyfi Estuary

    Sound Escape 10: the soft crooning of nesting geese on the Dyfi Estuary

    Welcome to Sound Escapes from BBC Countryfile Magazine – your chance to sit back and relax to the sounds of nature wherever you are and whatever you are doing. In this episode, we're sitting on a wooded promontory above the Dyfi Estuary in the RSPB's magical Ynys Hir reserve. It's early April, there's a chill in the air but the wind has dropped allowing the gentle murmuring of Canada geese to rise over the salt marshes. In the distance, the Tarren mountains of southern Snowdonia glow in the sun.
     
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    97. A quest for curlews in Somerset's meadows – and a magical talk with singer David Gray

    97. A quest for curlews in Somerset's meadows – and a magical talk with singer David Gray

    In the first of the new season: Spring Across Britain we meet with RSPB expert Damon Bridge and author and curlew champion Mary Colwell. Listen on as they explore spring wildlife in the fabulous RSPB reserve of Swell Wood and West Sedgemoor – in the hope of hearing the enigmatic curlew on the eve of World Curlew Day. Later, we meet singer-songwriter and nature champion David Gray. David talks about his own curlew experiences and how wild places have influenced his new album Skellig – of which you can hear the title track in this podcast. Annabel Ross is your host.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Foodie in Baltimore ,

Perfect

I’ve listened podcast for years, irregularly. I came back to your show in September, and thank goodness, I need this right now! Nature has been meditative during the pandemic, as has hiking.

On another note, I’m an Anglophile in Baltimore, MD, USA, this is a helpful since we can’t travel.

Thank you!

Nit-Noi Mum ,

A Wonderful Programme!

I’m an avid podcast listener- and I must say that the Countryfile series is one of the very best I’ve ever heard. How rare it is to hear a show like this amid the daily clamour of social media offerings that screech at us through the airways...

Fergus Collins and his team do an absolutely amazing job of transporting the listener to another place and time with fascinating programmes about the British countryside and rural issues. If you find solace in nature and love walking in the woods or listening to birds, this series is definitely for you and comes highly recommended!

Thanks to the wonderful team at Countryfile for this great series-

Amanda Hughes-Horan
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