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The BBC Collection - Nature

'Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.' -- Albert Einstein. Learn more about the great outdoors and the best ways to explore it with these fantastic listens.

 

Nature

  • Hunt for the Nightingale's Song (BBC Radio 4)
    by Chris Watson
    Narrated by Rob Thomas
    4.30 (3 ratings)
    When he was 14 years old, some friends of his parents gave wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson The Observer's Book of Birds. Flicking through the pages, Chris was captivated by the description of a bird that sang at night. The bird was a nightingale. In this programme, he tries to get a microphone really close to a nightingale to record its remarkable song.
  • The Bee Inspector
    by Mike Hally
    Narrated by David Kemp
    2.50 (2 ratings)
    Who do you call when your bees stop buzzing or the honey goes off? Why, the Bee Inspector of course. He may be the man from the Ministry, but David Kemp is the saviour of many a bee-keeper. What's more he's full of fascinating facts about these extraordinary little creatures and he has that rare gift of conveying his enthusiasm in everyday language. You don't have to own a bee suit to enjoy this series! The first programme finds David in the spring, checking how well bee colonies have survived the winter and looking for the first signs of disease as the days get warmer.
  • A Guide to British Coastal Birds and Their Sounds
    by Stephen Moss
    Narrated by Brett Westwood
    4.60 (7 ratings)
    Join Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this fascinating guide to the sounds of our most popular coastal birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4.In the fourth of our series of bird guides, Brett Westwood is joined by keen birdwatcher Stephen Moss on the north coast of Devon, and with the help of wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson they offer a practical and entertaining guide to identifying many of the birds you're likely to see and hear around Britain's coastline.Each programme focuses on a different habitat, starting with estuaries and birds such as Redshank, Dunlin, Curlew and Knot, then sandy shores and birds including Common and Sandwich Tern; rocky shores (Rock Pipit, Turnstone), sea cliffs (Fulmar, Guillemot, Razorbill), and offshore islands (Puffin, Manx Shearwater and Arctic Tern).Listen to advice on how to recognise birds visually and how to identify them from their calls and songs. After all, often you're more likely to hear a bird than see it!
  • A Guide to British Farmland Birds
    by Brett Westwood, Stephen Moss
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.60 (7 ratings)
    Join Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this absorbing guide to the sounds of our most popular farmland birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4. In the fifth of our series of bird guides, Brett Westwood is joined once again by enthusiastic birdwatcher Stephen Moss, and with the help of recordings made by wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson they present this knowledgeable and entertaining guide to the songs, calls and cries of the birds you may see and hear around Britain's farmlands.
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  • A Guide to British Garden Birds
    by Stephen Moss
    Narrated by uncredited
    4.10 (30 ratings)
    Joining Brett and Stephen is wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson, armed with an array of microphones to allow Brett, Stephen, and listeners to eavesdrop on the songs, calls, and alarm cries of the birds in the Somerset garden.
  • A Guide to British Garden Wildlife
    by BBC
    Narrated by Brett Westwood, Phil Gates
    4.80 (4 ratings)
    Brett Westwood is joined by naturalist Phil Gates in this informative and entertaining guide to some of our common garden wildlife. Recorded in a garden near Bristol, each programme explores a different garden habitat; log piles, ponds, hedgerows, trees and shrubs, and finally stones. The presenters describe the appearance, behaviour and sounds of some of the typical species you're likely to find, explain their contribution to the ecology of the garden, and offer advice on how to entice them into your own garden.
  • A Guide to British Water Birds: Their Calls and Songs
    by Stephen Moss
    Narrated by Stephen Moss, Brett Westwood, Chris Watson
    4.80 (9 ratings)
    Join presenters Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this fascinating guide to the calls and songs of our most popular water birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4. In the third of our series of bird guides, Brett Westwood is joined by birdwatcher Stephen Moss and wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson in an accessible, informative and entertaining guide to some of our best known water-loving birds.
  • A Guide to British Woodland Birds
    by Stephen Moss
    Narrated by Stephen Moss, Brett Westwood
    4.70 (12 ratings)
    Join presenter Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this fascinating guide to the songs of our most popular woodland birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4. Woods and forests are full of birds, and although you might not immediately see them you will certainly hear them. This practical and informative audio guide, recorded in springtime in the Forest of Dean, will help you to recognise the birds you see - and those you only hear - when you're walking in one of Britain's beautiful woodlands.
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  • A Guide to Mountain and Moorland Birds
    by Stephen Moss
    Narrated by Stephen Moss, Chris Watson, Brett Westwood
    4.80 (4 ratings)
    In the sixth of our series of bird guides, recorded on location on The Long Mynd in Shropshire, Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss are assisted by wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson as they present a guide to the appearance, behaviour, songs, and calls of the birds you may find around Britain's mountains and moorlands. Each programme focuses on a different habitat, starting with heather moors and birds such as Black Grouse and Merlin, before moving on to cliffs and crags (Raven and Peregrine); upland grasslands (Skylark and Curlew); bogs and mires (Golden Plover and Greenshank); and high tops (Ptarmigan and Snow Bunting).
  • Quest in Paradise
    by David Attenborough
    Narrated by David Attenborough
    4.70 (16 ratings)
    Following his expedition to Indonesia, as told in Zoo Quest For A Dragon, David Attenborough's next animal collecting and filming trip was to New Guinea, home of the exotic Birds of Paradise. The quest demanded hazardous treks across treachorous terrain in the Jimi Valley and on the edges of uncharted territory but the arduous adventures were finally rewarded when, as the camera turned, a Count Raggi's Bird of Paradise enthralled him with its frenzied dance.
  • Quest under Capricorn
    by David Attenborough
    Narrated by David Attenborough
    4.70 (16 ratings)
    This third volume in David Attenborough's "Early Years" trilogy recounts his expedition to Australia in search of more rare species.

    As with the previous two titles, Zoo Quest for a Dragon and Quest in Paradise, it is read by Attenborough and provides an educative and entertaining account of his adventures.

  • The Lost Continent
    by Bill Bryson
    Narrated by Kerry Shales
    4.30 (23 ratings)
    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home...to a foreign country.
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  • Zoo Quest for a Dragon
    by David Attenborough
    Narrated by David Attenborough
    4.70 (17 ratings)
    David Attenborough's books and broadcasts have opened the incredible world of natural history to millions of viewers and listeners. Zoo Quest for a Dragon takes us back to one of his earliest projects, when the BBC and London Zoo joined forces on several animal-collecting expeditions.