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Government Cuts and the RSPB

08:54 | Oct 21st, 2010

The RSPB has welcomed the government's commitment to increasing funding for wildlife friendly farming in October's comprehensive spending review.  But it's not all good news and on this episode of Nature's Voice Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Direc...Show More
Every Child Outdoors

13:16 | Sep 23rd, 2010

Climbing trees, playing conkers and making daisy chains - the simple outdoor pleasures of being a child. But these are becoming a thing of the past according to Every Child Outdoors, newly published research by the RSPB.  In this edition of Nature's ...Show More
Hope Farm and the Nature of Farming Award

12:45 | Aug 19th, 2010

10 years ago the RSPB bought Hope Farm.  It's run a commercial venture to prove that wildlife friendly strategies can work alongside modern farming methods to the benefit of farmland birds like skylarks and yellowhammers while still turning a profit....Show More
Bill Oddie on Rainham Marshes plus protecting wildlife from budget cuts.

13:45 | Jul 22nd, 2010

Bill Oddie joins the celebrations to mark 10 years since work began to turn  Rainham Marshes in Essex from urban desolation into the great place it is for wildife and visitors today. And Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Martin Harper about the charit...Show More
Volunteering Special

11:00 | Jun 24th, 2010

Volunteers play a key role in the work of the RSPB.  In this episode of Nature's Voice we take a look at what they do and why they do it. We hear from volunteers themselves and Jane Markham talks to Alan Murray who heads the volunteering unit at RSPB...Show More
A swift update

19:16 | Apr 30th

As May arrives swifts are returning to their UK nesting sites - heralding the start of summer. But their populations plummeted by 53 per cent between 1995 and 2015. It’s a subject that Nature’s Voice has visited before and on this episode Jane Markha...Show More
Nature's Future

17:57 | Mar 28th

With political uncertainty over Brexit continuing there are still many questions about new UK legislation that will be needed to protect the environment once we've left the EU. On this edition of Nature's Voice Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Globa...Show More
The Albatross Task Force – a progress report

16:33 | Feb 27th

Out of the 22 Albatross species, 15 are in danger of extinction and that’s despite the remarkable success of the Albatross Task Force – set up by the RSPB and Birdlife International more than a decade ago. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markh...Show More
Let Nature Sing

14:57 | Jan 30th

Our countryside could fall silent if current declines in wildlife continue. That is why the RSPB has launched Let Nature Sing - a campaign urging politicians to take advantage of the historic opportunity Brexit offers to pass laws to make the UK a wo...Show More
Big Garden Birdwatch at 40

16:26 | Dec 31st, 2018

This year the Big Garden Birdwatch is 40 years old and to celebrate Jane Markham will be meeting Ian Barthorpe who took part in the very first count when he was seven years old.  He is now visitor experience officer at RSPB Minsmere.  She’ll also tal...Show More
Where have all the sparrows gone?

17:35 | Nov 30th, 2018

House sparrows have made their homes close to human habitation for centuries but since the 1970s their numbers have plummeted by 60 per cent and the decline is particularly noticeable in our towns and cities. Why is this happening? On this episode of...Show More
Starling Spectaculars 2018

14:50 | Oct 29th, 2018

Every autumn starling numbers in the UK are bolstered by hundreds of thousands of birds migrating here from Northern Europe, Russia and the Ukraine to escape harsh winter weather. As they come in to roost at dusk they gather in huge flocks creating s...Show More
Green energy and climate change

19:57 | Sep 28th, 2018

Climate change is already affecting the migration patterns of birds that visit the UK. Some arrive early and leave later while some don’t visit us at all anymore. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to the RSPB’s Andrew Dodd about ho...Show More
Winter migrants are on their way

17:41 | Aug 31st, 2018

One of the season’s great spectacles is about to begin as birds from as far north as the arctic circle head for the UK to overwinter. Pink-footed geese and whooper swans are just two of the species which will be arriving shortly at Loch Leven in cent...Show More
Sherwood Forest - the RSPB’s newest reserve

17:19 | Jul 31st, 2018

Long before Robin Hood lived in Sherwood Forest, its oak trees were providing homes for nature. August 2018 sees the RSPB preparing to open a brand new visitor centre and take on the management of this historic national nature reserve. On this editi...Show More
Wild Challenge

14:47 | Jun 29th, 2018

The RSPB’s new online activity awards, funded by their partnership with supermarket chain Aldi, aims to connect children with nature. Wild Challenge is full of ideas to inspire children to get outdoors and during Wild Challenge week from the 30th of ...Show More
Swift Survey 2018

19:05 | May 31st, 2018

The annual Swift Survey has been running since 2009, gathering information on where swifts are nesting across the UK.  Swift numbers are declining and data from the survey, plus ground breaking research in Northern Ireland, is providing clues to why ...Show More
A post Brexit farming policy for the future of birds like the curlew?

16:03 | Apr 30th, 2018

The government is seeking views on the future of farming.  Michael Gove, secretary of state at the department of farming, food and rural affairs wants the UK to be a global leader in protecting the planet and on this episode Jane Markham talks to RS...Show More
Invasive Non Native Species Special

19:10 | Mar 28th, 2018

When humans move species from one part of the world to another it can cause all sorts of problems. On this month’s Nature’s Voice Jane Markham meets three people who are coping with the impact of these invaders on a daily basis. Laura Bambini is an R...Show More
A day in the life of a cricket tickler

17:40 | Feb 28th, 2018

Field crickets are in danger and the Back from the Brink Field Cricket Project team are working to help increase the population of these chunky little crickets which are just 2 cm long. In the 1980s, there was only one group of fewer than 100 individ...Show More
Is the government's 25 year plan a vision for a green future?

17:12 | Jan 30th, 2018

The government has set its vision for a green future in a detailed 25 year plan to improve the environment. On this month’s Nature’s Voice, the RSPB’s Senior Policy Officer Robin Wynde talks to Jane Markham about the plan and what needs to be done to...Show More
From beginner to seasoned Big Garden Birdwatchers

13:43 | Dec 31st, 2017

TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff takes part in the Big Garden Birdwatch every year with her children. Actor David Neilsen, who plays Roy Cropper in Coronation Street, will be joining the count for the first time. On this month’s Nature’s Voice Jane...Show More
Climate change and the State of the UK's Birds 2017

18:08 | Nov 30th, 2017

This year's State of the UK's Birds report highlights how climate change is affecting our wintering and breeding birds. This annual 'stock take' of bird numbers is a collaboration between the RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Wildfowl a...Show More
Back from the Brink

13:42 | Oct 30th, 2017

Back from the Brink is a ground breaking collaboration between eight conservation organisations, funded by the National Lottery. Its aim is to rescue some of our most threatened species before it’s too late and to inspire us all to discover, value an...Show More
Wild Parks and a Wild Challenge

14:16 | Sep 29th, 2017

In a world where we spend more and more time indoors - how can today’s children connect with nature? Throughout the summer the RSPB, in partnership with the supermarket chain Aldi, have been addressing this in parks up and down the UK with the Wild P...Show More
Brexit – A Nature Law Special

15:37 | Aug 31st, 2017

The government has published the Great Repeal Bill - more formally the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. It states that all existing EU laws will be copied into UK legislation when the UK leaves in March 2019. How will the laws protecting nature and ...Show More
A corncrake revival

18:50 | Jul 28th, 2017

Corncrakes were once widespread throughout the UK but their numbers declined catastrophically during the 20th century. By the 1990s they were only found breeding in the Hebrides, Orkney and some parts of the Scottish West Coast including Durness. On...Show More
Project Puffin

15:56 | Jun 28th, 2017

As part of Project Puffin the RSPB wants you to join the Puffarazzi and send in your photos of puffins carrying fish in their beaks. Puffins have recently been added to the red conservation list and your photographs will help research into how they a...Show More
Swift Cities

19:19 | May 30th, 2017

Oxford has just become England’s first Swift City – a two year project, with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to give a home to these remarkable summer migrants who spend nearly all their lives on the wing. Since 1995 the number of swifts return...Show More
National Nightingale Festival

17:11 | Apr 28th, 2017

The National Nightingale Festival brings together events throughout May to give you the chance to go and hear the song of this increasingly rare bird at special venues across the east and south of England. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markh...Show More
The Little Tern Recovery Project

15:21 | Mar 30th, 2017

The little tern is the smallest and one of the rarest breeding seabirds in the UK. They over winter in Africa and on their return they nest in the open on sandy and shingle beaches which leaves them vulnerable to human disturbance, predators and high...Show More
Success stories from 2016

16:55 | Feb 28th, 2017

We often report on nature in trouble in the podcast – so many species and habitats in the UK and around the world are under threat. But from time to time it’s worth taking stock of where work to help threatened species is bearing fruit. On this editi...Show More
Show the Love

13:31 | Jan 31st, 2017

Actors Charles Dance and Jason Isaacs are taking a lead in The Climate Coalition's Show the Love campaign this February. They've given their time to star in a short film made by Ridley Scott Associates featuring the poetry of Anthony Anaxagorou and t...Show More
Is it a waxwing winter for Big Garden Birdwatch 2017?

15:03 | Dec 30th, 2016

The Big Garden Birdwatch 2017 takes place between 28-30 January – yes this year you have a choice of three days to take part in the annual count by spending an hour in your garden noting down all the birds you see. And – particularly if you live in t...Show More
Land for wildlife - why we need more

18:52 | Nov 30th, 2016

The RSPB is aiming to raise a million pounds to acquire 10 million square metres of new space to provide homes for wildlife in the coming year. For this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to Gwyn Williams, the RSPB’s Head of Reserves, about...Show More
Designer jewellery for the birds

18:19 | Oct 31st, 2016

Jewellery designer Alex Monroe has created some very special pieces for the RSPB featuring a curlew, a pair of turtle doves and a harvest mouse. The collection illustrates his great love for wildlife and in particular the wildlife on the RSPB’s Minsm...Show More
The State of Nature Report 2016

17:33 | Sep 30th, 2016

The RSPB, in partnership with 50 conservation organisations, have pooled data to provide the most comprehensive assessment of the UK’s wildlife ever - and it’s not good news. More than 56 per cent of our wildlife has declined over the last 50 years a...Show More
Operation Turtle Dove

15:06 | Aug 31st, 2016

Turtle doves are the fastest declining bird in the UK - their population is halving every six years. Why is this happening and what can be done to help? On this month’s Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to the RSPB’s Senior Conservation Scientist Dr ...Show More
A night time adventure and the Big Wild Sleep Out

16:10 | Jun 30th, 2016

This year’s Big Wild Sleepout is upon us and on this edition of Nature’s Voice we go on a night time adventure at RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve. We’re on the trail of moths and bats – creatures you may well hear in your own garden if you take...Show More
A dawn chorus in spring

16:52 | Apr 29th, 2016

It happens every morning at this time of year - in the countryside and in towns - but how many of us have ever really listened to the dawn chorus? Why do the birds start singing before the sun even rises and does the early bird really catch the worm?...Show More
Big Garden Birdwatch Results 2016

13:11 | Mar 31st, 2016

The results of this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch sees the lovely long tailed tit making it back into the number 10 spot on the chart. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham examines the results with RSPB conservation scientist Dr Daniel Hayhow...Show More
An action plan to save the hen harrier

11:27 | Feb 29th, 2016

Hen harriers will begin their spectacular courtship sky dance in and around March but they remain one of the UK's most threatened birds of prey. Illegal persecution on upland intensive grouse moors is the most important threat to their survival. On t...Show More
Born to Be Wild

19:22 | Jan 31st, 2016

Hattie Garlick's new book Born to be Wild is full of ideas to get children outdoors without spending lots of money and in this – the 100th edition of Nature’s Voice – Jane Markham visits Hattie for a sneak preview. The book's published in March, and ...Show More
Working for nature from science to song

21:01 | Dec 31st, 2015

If your image of a scientist is someone in a white coat then RSPB conservation scientists Dr Jennifer Smart and Dr Ellie Owen will dispel that image for good. Their work has them up to their knees in water or harnessed on the edge of some of the UK's...Show More
Big Schools Birdwatch at 15!

16:10 | Nov 30th, 2015

Beecroft Academy in Dunstable is centre stage on this episode of Nature's Voice. Jane Markham went on a school visit with RSPB early years education officer Rebecca Kerfoot in the run up to January's Big Schools Birdwatch. And there are lots of new t...Show More
Nature of climate change

20:03 | Nov 15th, 2015

In the run up to the Paris Climate Change Conference this edition of Nature's Voice looks at how climate change is affecting wildlife. The RSPB's conservation director Martin Harper talks to Jane Markham about the challenges ahead and we celebrate a ...Show More
Response for Nature and online art in An Open Field

12:07 | Oct 12th, 2015

Response for Nature is a follow up to The State of Nature Report published in 2013. Two years on, and after detailed research, the RSPB and more than 20 other conservation organisations have joined forces to call for action from each of our devolved ...Show More
Wallasea Island Wild Coast project

17:04 | Aug 30th, 2015

This July, sections of the sea wall at Wallasea Island in Essex were breached as part of a project to recreate more than seven square kilometres of rare coastal habitats. These are to compensate for habitat lost for development and rising sea levels ...Show More
Puffins in trouble

18:02 | Jul 1st, 2015

The puffin is on the new European Red List of birds under threat. Their main breeding colonies in Iceland and Norway have seen sharp declines in the number of chicks making it through to adulthood, and the alarm bells are ringing for this iconic and ...Show More
Protecting the laws that protect nature - why the Nature Directives matter

16:18 | May 29th, 2015

EU legislation – the Birds and Habitats Directives – which protect the most important wildlife species and habitats in the UK and Europe are being reviewed and at risk of being weakened. On this month's nature's voice, Jane Markham visits the RSPB's ...Show More
Birdwatching with Stornoway and Big Garden Birdwatch results

13:51 | Mar 25th, 2015

The folk rock band Stornoway's new album includes birdsong woven into the music. On this edition of Nature's Voice Jane Markham meets their lead singer and ornithologist Brian Briggs, and fellow band member Jon Ouin, on Oxford's Port Meadow to explor...Show More
Somerset Cranes and Climate Change

14:25 | Feb 19th, 2015

Last year the Somerset levels were experiencing the worst floods in living memory - a year on how did the cranes, which are being reintroduced there, cope.  And what about the other wildlife? On this edition of Nature's Voice Jane Markham visits Damo...Show More
Taking Big Garden Birdwatch selfies!

12:51 | Jan 21st, 2015

For the Big Garden Birdwatch this year, why not try photographing the birds that come to your bird feeders? The RSPB's Ben Andrew has been trying out a motion-triggered camera at The Lodge nature reserve and has tips and advice on how to do it. Plus,...Show More
Autumn Arrivals

15:51 | Nov 21st, 2014

The Sandwell Valley nature reserve on the edge of Birmingham is a great place to see the winter migrants which will be arriving throughout the month including goosanders and pintails.  On this edition of Nature's Voice Jane Markham braves the weather...Show More
Nightingales under threat in Kent

15:31 | Sep 18th, 2014

One of the last places where you are almost guaranteed to hear nightingales sing in spring is under threat after outline planning permission was granted on a Site of Special Scientific Interest in Kent. Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Rolf Williams ...Show More
Conference for Nature and introducing Vote for Bob

10:35 | Aug 14th, 2014

Sir David Attenborough is one of the speakers at September's Conference for Nature. The event builds on the State of Nature report which showed that 60 per cent of UK species are in decline. The 12 wildlife partners behind the event hope to develop i...Show More
The hen harrier Skydancer project is up for an award

16:17 | Jul 17th, 2014

The RSPB's Skydancer project has been nominated for a National Lottery Award in the Best Education Project category and on this month's Nature's Voice Jane Markham talks to Blanaid Denman about how the project is raising awareness of the Hen Harrier'...Show More
Doñana restored and the yellow spiky woodlouse

14:19 | Jun 19th, 2014

16 years ago Doñana National Park in southern Spain was devastated by a blanket of toxic sludge. Today, after years of work costing £74 million, it is once again teeming with wildlife. But there are new threats to this internationally important wetla...Show More
Sleeping wild in your garden and Springwatch at Minsmere

12:50 | May 22nd, 2014

For the Big Wild Sleepout this year why not host a sleepover in your garden? The idea is to get up close to nature, and raise money to protect it, by spending a night outdoors between June 16th and 22nd. Jane Markham talks to Richard Bashford about h...Show More
Frogs and toads the gardener's friends!

19:01 | Apr 24th, 2014

This year, as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch,  the RSPB asked about the wildlife that visits our gardens - not just the birds.  These results have just been released.  More than half of us saw frogs and toads and on this edition of Nature's Voice J...Show More
Birdwatch results and the plight of the kittiwake

17:07 | Mar 27th, 2014

The Big Garden Birdwatch results have arrived and in this episode of Nature's Voice we hear from the children of a Folkestone Primary school about what they did for their Big Schools Birdwatch.  We look at the ups and downs for this year's top ten bi...Show More
Floods and Fashion Week Nestboxes

10:54 | Feb 14th, 2014

Some of the worst floods in living memory continue to cause huge problems in the south of England and this month's Nature's Voice talks to Jane Brookhouse, the RSPB's area site manager in Somerset.  Also, with National Nestbox week coinciding with Lo...Show More
Big Garden Birdwatch Live!

10:19 | Jan 23rd, 2014

This year you can take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch on your phone, tablet or PC and for the first time you can also record some of the animals you find in your garden throughout the year. On this episode of Nature's Voice Jane Markham talks to Sa...Show More
Where have all the Turtle Doves gone?

13:19 | Dec 19th, 2013

The Turtle Dove, one of the symbols of Christmas, is in serious trouble. On this festive edition of Nature's Voice we hear from the RSPB's Simon Tonkin about what might be causing the massive decline in this beautiful and iconic bird in recent years ...Show More
Project Wild Thing

09:37 | Nov 15th, 2013

How do you get children to swap some of their TV and computer time for spending more wild time outdoors?  Project Wild Thing is a film led campaign which aims to do just that. It's backed by the RSPB and is made by  award winning documentary maker Da...Show More
Miranda Krestovnikoff - the RSPB's new President

09:38 | Oct 17th, 2013

As wildlife presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff takes up her role as the RSPB's new President she talks to Jane Markham about her love of the natural world and how, at a time when nature is facing huge challenges, she hopes to inspire adults and children...Show More
Birds Without Borders - the perils of migration

18:46 | Sep 19th, 2013

Ospreys from Loch Garten are well on their way south. We know this from data received from the satellite tags worn by this year's youngsters Breagh and Oighrig. On this month's Nature's Voice Richard Thaxton, site manager at Loch Garten, looks back a...Show More
A Big Wild Sleepout to remember

13:33 | Aug 22nd, 2013

The first Big Wild Sleepout was a huge success if the experience of those who took part at the RSPB's reserve at Arne in Dorset is anything to go by. On this month's Nature's Voice we're packing our tents and munching on marshmallows as we spend a ni...Show More
Linda Barker plus the Big Wild Sleepout

09:52 | Jul 25th, 2013

Linda Barker, interior designer and television presenter, gets creative in her garden for some new clients - the wildlife. It's all part of the launch of the Giving Nature a Home campaign. Also in this episode Jane Markham talks to Richard Bashford a...Show More
Sir David Attenborough and Giving Nature a Home

11:54 | Jun 25th, 2013

Sir David Attenborough has issued a call to arms in response the State of Nature report. In this month's podcast we hear how news of worrying declines in the natural world, highlighted in the report, has been received. 25 conservation organisations, ...Show More
The State of Nature Report

11:18 | May 23rd, 2013

The State of Nature report, just published by the RSPB in collaboration with more than 20 other major conservation groups, provides alarming reading. It shows that more than half the UK’s native species are declining and a large number of those are t...Show More
Summer migrants special

16:37 | Apr 19th, 2013

Swallows,martins,cuckoos and many other summer visitors have yet to arrive this year and on this edition of Nature's Voice we hear from Bird's Magazine editor Mark Ward about why this might be. Plus Danae Sheehan - the RSPB's migrant's programme mana...Show More
Big Garden Birdwatch results in a spring freeze

12:06 | Mar 28th, 2013

The Big Garden Birdwatch 2013 shows sparrow and starling numbers continuing to decline and on this month's Nature's Voice we look at how saving nature starts at home in our gardens and window boxes. Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Adrian Thomas - Ho...Show More
Create a home for wildlife

14:50 | Feb 14th, 2013

How wildlife friendly is your garden? On this month’s Nature’s Voice we’re celebrating National Nestbox week from seven year old Henry’s point of view - with a little help from his mum and his grandmother. Plus RSPB wildlife advisor Ian Hayward has s...Show More
Big Garden Birdwatch - the teenage connection

13:00 | Jan 23rd, 2013

It’s January already and  time for the world’s biggest annual bird survey - Big Garden Birdwatch!  Kate Long, author of ‘The Bad Mother's Handbook’  has taken part with her family for the last seven years. Her sons are now 15 and 12. As a wildlife en...Show More
Wildlife at Christmas

14:48 | Dec 20th, 2012

After both drought and flood in 2012 for this month's Nature's Voice Jane Markham visits Otmoor - a wetland reserve in Oxfordshire - to find out how they are coping in this bleak mid winter. And we get tips from RSPB staff about how they prise their ...Show More
Mike Dilger's Wild Town

10:40 | Nov 14th, 2012

Mike Dilger - ecologist and natural history presenter - has a new book out, written for the RSPB. Wild Town aims to show children that wildlife is all around us in our towns and cities as well as in the countryside. Jane Markham talks to Mike about s...Show More
Connecting children with nature

14:22 | Oct 18th, 2012

Are children today losing touch with nature? The RSPB is joining forces with academics from the University of Essex to find out how connected 8 to 12 year olds are to the natural world. On this edition of Nature's Voice, Jane Markham talks to the RSP...Show More
Sarah Outen and the Albatross

09:56 | Sep 20th, 2012

Sarah Outen - the first woman and the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean - talks about the drama of her summer at sea and her support for the RSPB's work to save the albatross.  Her 'London to London via the World' challenge was cut ...Show More
Nature of Farming Awards - your vote counts

17:38 | Aug 17th, 2012

The finalists in this year’s Nature of Farming Awards have been selected and in this edition of Nature’s Voice we hear from all four of them and how they are working to protect nature on their farms. The Make Your Nature Count results are in and Jane...Show More
Rio Summit report and UK woodlands in decline

12:21 | Jul 19th, 2012

The Rio+20 Earth Summit may not have seen a giant leap forward for the environment, but as the RSPB's Sacha Cleminson tells Jane Markham on this edition of the Nature's Voice, it has perhaps nudged the agenda forward.  We also assess a new report cal...Show More
First catch your hippo!

13:40 | Jun 14th, 2012

The Rio+20 Earth Summit in late June will focus on sustainable development. In this episode of Nature's Voice we look at the RSPB's work in the Gola Rainforest of Sierra Leone which employs local people to conserve the forest while improving their li...Show More
Springwatch returns to RSPB Ynys-hir

12:00 | May 17th, 2012

Chris Packham and the BBC Springwatch team return to the RSPB's Ynys-hir reserve at the end of May. On this month's Nature's Voice (our 60th edition) Jane Markham finds out how the preparations are going from the warden there, Russell Jones, and catc...Show More
A drought for all seasons

12:28 | Apr 25th, 2012

After one of the wettest Aprils on record  East Anglia, the South East, parts of Yorkshire, the Midlands and the South West are still officially in drought.  In this edition of Nature's Voice Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Andre Farrar about why th...Show More
Where have all the starlings gone?

12:05 | Mar 29th, 2012

The Big Garden Birdwatch results have been published and although starlings remain the second most commonly spotted bird in our gardens there has been a further worrying decline in their numbers.  Their population is down 79 per cent since the first ...Show More
Thames Estuary airport threat

16:05 | Feb 15th, 2012

Proposals to build an airport on the north Kent marshes are in the news once again. In this episode of Nature's Voice the RSPB's Rolf Williams, who is based at RSPB Northward Hill, talks to local people about what a new transport hub on the Thames Es...Show More
Big Garden Birdwatch 2012

17:17 | Jan 26th, 2012

Which bird's call sounds like a bored football fan chanting United, United, United - and is one of the newest arrivals in the UK to feature in the Big Garden Birdwatch top ten? This edition of Nature's Voice will have the answer to that. Plus Jane Ma...Show More
2011 reviewed and riding the economic storm predicted for 2012

24:09 | Dec 15th, 2011

In this, extended edition, of Nature's Voice we look ahead to 2012. With gloomy predictions for the state of the economy we discuss at the implications for the environment. We're also tying up some of the loose ends from 2011. Did the spoon-billed sa...Show More
Vultures, rain forests and solar panels

16:08 | Nov 17th, 2011

India's vulture population has been devastated over the last 20 years. Ninety nine per cent of one species has been wiped out. We look at why this has happened and, four years after we first featured the subject on the Nature's Voice podcast, we char...Show More
Come Dine with the birds!

13:31 | Oct 20th, 2011

Dave Lamb, of Come Dine with Me fame, lends his voice to this year's RSPB Feed the Birds Day. On this month's podcast we look at some innovative ways of feeding our  garden birds as halloween  approaches and talk to some Nature's Voice Facebookers ab...Show More
Saving the spoon-billed sandpiper

17:01 | Sep 23rd, 2011

The spoon-billed sandpiper is in danger of becoming extinct. The population of this tiny and charming wading bird is crashing by more than a quarter each year.  There are now fewer than 300 birds left. They've never been bred in captivity before but ...Show More
Making Your Nature Count and seaside rock pools

12:07 | Aug 18th, 2011

Garden birds have had a good breeding season. We know that because the thousands of responses to this year's Make Your Nature Count survey have now been analyzed. On this edition of Nature's Voice Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Richard Bashford abo...Show More
The Nature of Farming Awards 2011

16:10 | Jul 14th, 2011

The RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Awards celebrate the work farmers do for wildlife. In this episode of Nature's Voice the RSPB's Heather Griffiths visits one of this year's regional winners Robert Kynaston. Plus we hear how South West regional wi...Show More
Bempton Gannets and the Marine Wildlife Pledge

13:29 | Jun 16th, 2011

How do you put a satellite tag on a Gannet? Research at the RSPB's Bempton Cliffs reserve in North Yorkshire meant staff there needed to do just that. Jane Markham asks Steve Race, community education officer at Bempton, how it was done and what they...Show More
Springwatch's new home at RSPB Ynys-hir

13:14 | May 19th, 2011

BBC Springwatch's new home is at the RSPB's Ynys-hir reserve near Aberystwyth. From May 30th Kate, Chris and Martin will be broadcasting from a converted tractor shed on the site. In this episode of Nature's Voice we visit Ynys-hir in the run up to S...Show More
Ospreys, Wood Ants and Smooth Snakes at Arne

11:07 | Apr 14th, 2011

The RSPB's reserve at Arne on the Dorset coast boasts all six of the UK's reptiles. On this podcast meet the season's first baby smooth snake with Rob Farrington and Paul Morton who work there and have many more than six good reasons to join them on ...Show More
Stepping Up For Nature and Big Garden Birdwatch Results

10:01 | Mar 30th, 2011

Kate Humble tells us how she is ‘Stepping Up For Nature’ as part of the RSPB’s latest campaign.  As RSPB President, she was at the launch of the project and this month’s Natures Voice looks at how you too can step up to help wildlife and the environm...Show More
Curious courtships amongst the birds and the trees!

10:20 | Feb 17th, 2011

The plant and animal kingdoms are starting to wake up to spring. In this podcast we look at some fascinating mating rituals of birds, animals and even trees. The humble hazel is one of the first trees to brighten the hedgerows at this time of year, w...Show More
Big Garden Birdwatch 2011 - where will you be watching?

14:03 | Jan 27th, 2011

Facebook followers of the RSPB Love Nature pages tell us where they'll be doing their Big Garden Birdwatch this year. We also hear of a new partnership between the RSPB and BUPA  Care Homes to bring nature into their gardens and into the lives of the...Show More
Bird is the Word and a mistletoe mystery

10:16 | Dec 16th, 2010

Surfin' Bird for Christmas number one!  What has the RSPB's director of conservation Mark Avery got to do with the campaign for Bird is the Word to beat the X Factor to the top of the festive pops? We also hear about the 'new bird on the block' when ...Show More
Sun bears in Harapan Rainforest

12:57 | Nov 18th, 2010

Bella the sun bear was rescued from a snare. Now, fully fit, she has been released into the Harapan rainforest in Sumatra. Information from her radio collar will play an important role in the restoration of the the forest - a joint project between th...Show More