28 episodes

Intimate stories and surprising truths about nature, science and the human experience in a podcast the size of the planet.
Each week the BBC Earth podcast brings you a collection of immersive stories about our world and the astonishing creatures, landscapes and elements in it. Close your eyes and open your ears as you travel from the impenetrable forests of Uganda to research bases in the Antarctic; the edges of the Thar Desert to the Shores of Lake Tahoe. You’ll get up close and personal with jewelled beetles in the Namib Desert and soar with eagles in Rajasthan as you experience tales of human emotion, of encounters with animals, of the strangest corners of the Earth and breath-taking marvels. All carefully gathered together and delivered into your ear by the good people at BBC Earth.
From the deepest caves in the world to the very edge of space the BBC Earth podcast transports you on an awe-inspiring journey in sound.

BBC Earth Podcast BBC Earth

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.9 • 171 Ratings

Intimate stories and surprising truths about nature, science and the human experience in a podcast the size of the planet.
Each week the BBC Earth podcast brings you a collection of immersive stories about our world and the astonishing creatures, landscapes and elements in it. Close your eyes and open your ears as you travel from the impenetrable forests of Uganda to research bases in the Antarctic; the edges of the Thar Desert to the Shores of Lake Tahoe. You’ll get up close and personal with jewelled beetles in the Namib Desert and soar with eagles in Rajasthan as you experience tales of human emotion, of encounters with animals, of the strangest corners of the Earth and breath-taking marvels. All carefully gathered together and delivered into your ear by the good people at BBC Earth.
From the deepest caves in the world to the very edge of space the BBC Earth podcast transports you on an awe-inspiring journey in sound.

    Fire ants floating for survival

    Fire ants floating for survival

    We're exploring what the natural world can teach us about teamwork. We'll learn how in some of the most remote locations and harshest conditions, strength can come in numbers.


    In the Amazon rainforests in Northern Peru, tiny creatures have found an ingenious way to tackle the annual floods. With the help of a crew member from the landmark series, A Perfect Planet, we'll be floating alongside fire ants forming a living raft.


    Tens of thousands of penguins make the journey from the sea to a spot in the Antarctic to breed. For them, sticking together is crucial for surviving such harsh conditions.


    Finally, we'll hear about slime mould. To prevent starving, genetically different strains of slime mould come together. But within this system exist loners. What can they teach us about the evolution of social behaviours?


    Thank you for listening to another series of the BBC Earth podcast.


    As ever, we love hearing from you on social media, so do share with us your favourite episode so far or a story that amazed, surprised or moved you…


    To find out more about David Attenborough’s stunning natural world series, A Perfect Planet, visit the BBC Earth website: bbcearth.com


    Website: www.bbcearth.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/bbcearth/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/bbcearth/
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/bbcearth
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 28 min
    Looking for mushrooms, finding happiness

    Looking for mushrooms, finding happiness

    We're journeying into hidden worlds, exploring nature that offers much more than what initially meets the eye. We travel to locations that continue to thrive against the odds.


    When Long Litt Woon's life drastically changed, she turned to the secretive world of mushrooms to manage her grief. She tells us how these visible fungi are just one tiny part of a vast and complex organism that lives beneath our feet.


    We'll hear how a crew member filming the latest David Attenborough series, A Perfect Planet, managed to document the life of a creature measuring the size of an apostrophe: the fig wasp.


    Finally we go to Ethiopia, where small pockets of forest surrounding churches continue to thrive.


    Thank you for listening to another series of the BBC Earth podcast.


    As ever, we love hearing from you on social media, so do share with us your favourite episode so far or a story that amazed, surprised or moved you…


    To find out more about David Attenborough’s stunning natural world series, A Perfect Planet, visit the BBC Earth website: bbcearth.com.


    Website: www.bbcearth.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/bbcearth/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/bbcearth/
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/bbcearth
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 26 min
    Baby iguanas born inside a volcano

    Baby iguanas born inside a volcano

    We’re back with new discoveries and awe-inspiring moments, taking you to a world far beyond your own four walls.


    The wildlife photographer and adventurer Tui De Roy explores one of the most hostile spots on Earth: the mouth of a volcano on Fernandina Island. The inside of the volcano is a barren place, but surprising life exists - in the form of tiny iguanas. 


    Jason Ward’s encounter with a Peregrine falcon from the window of his homeless shelter in the Bronx led towards a lasting love affair with the natural world. 
    The birder and science communicator explains how you don’t have to travel as far as you might think to get up close to nature. 


    Connections with the world around us can be found in even the most trying of times. 
    Elisabeth Bailey’s mystery illness led to an unlikely companionship with a forest snail. She shares some surprising facts about these creatures, including the sound of a wild snail eating.


    Thank you for listening to another series of the BBC Earth Podcast. As ever, we love hearing from you on social media, so do share with us your favourite episode so far or story that amazed, surprised or moved you…
     
    Website: www.bbcearth.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/bbcearth/
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/bbcearth/
    Twitter: www.twitter.com/bbcearth
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 30 min
    My best friend was an octopus

    My best friend was an octopus

    We've reached the end of Series 3! It's been a series of new discoveries, awe-inspiring moments, tear-jerkers and revelations.


    In the final episode of the series, we are telling stories about the senses. We begin by meeting Sy Montgomery, who built a bond with an eight limbed friend through touch. Octopi have the unique ability to taste what they are touching using the suction cups on their tentacles; some are more sensitive than others and it became clear to Sy that a friendship had been born. Hear from legendary composer, Hans Zimmer, as he describes the process of composing for natural history documentaries - such as Seven Worlds, One Planet - and how these thought provoking series differs from his work on iconic, blockbuster movie soundtracks. In this episode we also tell the story of Bernie Krause who is a "soundscape ecologist", responsible for tracking and recording the sounds of our planet which are rapidly vanishing.


    Thank you for listening to another series of the BBC Earth Podcast. As ever, we love hearing from you on social media, so do share with us your favourite episode so far or story that tugged your heart strings…


    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcearth
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 30 min
    This river is legally a “person”

    This river is legally a “person”

    In this episode of the BBC Earth Podcast, we’re getting glimpses into brave new worlds, advancing into unfamiliar territories and breaking new ground. We’re pushing at the frontiers between us and the natural world.


    In New Zealand there is a river so integral to the history of the Maori people, it has just been granted "personhood". It has been a fight fought for 140 years but finally, this giver of life and symbol of rich history has the same legal rights as the human beings that love it so much. This week we reveal stories of discovery from tiny tales of moss to the unexplored and vast ocean floor. We listen to James, a rhino keeper who talks about the plight of a species which is "functionally extinct": the Northern White Rhino. There are only two left in the world but conservation scientists have hope; using Southern White Rhinos as surrogates, the scientists are taking on a pioneering mission to bring the species to term.


    Make sure you're subscribed so you never miss an episode and let us know what you thought of this week's episode on social media:


    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcearth
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 29 min
    Frozen squirrels and the human brain

    Frozen squirrels and the human brain

    For the seventh episode of the BBC Earth Podcast, we’re bringing your stories about adaptation. Did you know, during its 8 month hibernation, the Arctic ground squirrel can survive with a core temperature of 3 degrees below freezing? Scientists have been studying this astounding little rodent’s long, cold sleep to understand whether its hibernation can help revolutionise understanding of our own brains. We also meet the ‘Lightning Bug Lady’ Lynn Faust who has studied fireflies her entire life and tells us about the beautiful display these creatures put on, when trying to attract a mate. We speak to a man who describes nature’s resurgence following the catastrophic nuclear disaster in Chernobyl and get to grips with some surprising silver linings to a human catastrophe.


    Make sure you're subscribed so you never miss an episode and let us know what you thought of this week's episode on social media:


    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcearth/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcearth
     
    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
171 Ratings

171 Ratings

kaithard ,

Wonderful podcast

Thank you so much for bringing back this podcast. Discovered it during lockdown and it was a constant source of joy and education. Each episode captures a small bit of the wonder of the world.

Sabaiiiz ,

You will be amazed

I can’t wait to hear more from this series. Thanks to all the people who made this podcasts.

#RoyTheCostaRicaGuy ,

Loved it!

I simply loved it! Thank you BBC and everyone behind this production!

Top Podcasts In Places & Travel

Listeners Also Subscribed To