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Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Cuddy's Duck

22:17 | Mar 31st

The eider duck, known locally as "Cuddy's" duck, is regarded as the first bird in the world to have been given conservation protection, when St Cuthbert offered the eider duck sanctuary on the Farne Islands in the seventh century. Today, they breed i...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Hares

22:34 | Mar 25th

We all know about the myth of the Mad March Hare, but what is the background to it? Is there any biological reason for the name? Lionel Kelleway meets Gill Turner, who has observed the behaviour of brown hares since the late 1990's to explore this qu...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Hares

22:34 | Mar 25th

We all know about the myth of the Mad March Hare, but what is the background to it? Is there any biological reason for the name? Lionel Kelleway meets Gill Turner, who has observed the behaviour of brown hares since the late 1990's to explore this qu...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Bobby Tulloch

22:21 | Mar 21st

In the 50 years of Living World has traveled across almost every corner of the British Isles, sometimes it is a contributor rather than the wildlife which attracts attention. In this Living World from 1974 Peter France headed up to Shetland to meet t...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Stoats

22:24 | Mar 11th

One of our most engaging mustelids, the stoat is the subject of this Living World from 2003. Normally stoats are more often only seen in open countryside dashing across open ground and out of sight. Yet in North Yorkshire stoats have made their home ...Show More
Lindsay Chapman's Living World from the Archives - The Green Isle

22:19 | Mar 3rd

The Island of Islay is probably best known for the production of fine peaty whiskies. Yet each winter thousands of geese and other northern birds find refuge on this Scottish island. It also has Britain's most thriving colony our rarest corvid the ch...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Wild Boar

22:24 | Dec 30th, 2018

The wild boar has had a checkered history in the British countryside. This once native species was hunted out of existence in the 13th Century and despite a number of reintroductions finally disappeared from our fauna in the 17th Century. And for the...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Winter Ravens

22:29 | Dec 23rd, 2018

The raven is both agile and majestic in flight but shrouded in mystery, superstition and folk law. How was it that our biggest member of the crow family, a bird once protected as an important scavenger in ancient times, was then persecuted almost to ...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Caledonian Pine forest

22:24 | Dec 16th, 2018

Standing next to a tree which was likely a sapling when wolves roamed freely in Scotland is a humbling experience. And so it was that Lionel Kelleway began this Living world from 2002. Joining Lionel next to a venerable 'granny tree' is renowned natu...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Avocet

22:22 | Dec 9th, 2018

As the logo of the RSPB, the slender black and white avocet is a familiar bird in winter on the river Exe in Devon, but not in the summer. By the mid Victorian era the avocet had all but stopped breeding in Britain and it was not until 1947 that the ...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Dungeness

22:47 | Oct 21st, 2018

The shifting shingle world of Dungeness is a remarkable place. There are four internationally important shingle peninsulas in the world. Two in Germany, one in America, (Cape Canaveral) and yes you've guessed it, Dungeness in Kent. The unique landsca...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - The Oak Tree Planters

22:39 | Oct 14th, 2018

The jay is one of Britain’s most colourful birds. A kaleidoscope of fawns, pinks, greys, black and white, alongside striking blue wing patches which, if you’re lucky enough to get close to see, alter in graduated shades of blue and prove unmistakable...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Underwater Architects

22:52 | Oct 7th, 2018

Today’s fashion for self-built homes may have started a few decades ago, but for nearly 200 million years, a family of insects have been quietly developing their own, des res. Depending on where you come from, they are sometimes known as ‘straw worms...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - The World's Largest Slug

22:50 | Sep 30th, 2018

In this episode, Lindsey Chapman will bring this story up to date since this episode was first broadcast in 2008, offering some up to date thoughts on all things molluscan. It is not often on the Living World that the largest or biggest of any spe...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Hen Harrier

22:48 | Sep 23rd, 2018

Ghosts of the Moor are how the pale grey male hen harrier is sometimes referred to as it glides seemingly without effort across an upland landscape. To find out more and to revel in actually seeing a hen harrier on the wing, in this episode Brett Wes...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Blackbirds

22:44 | Jul 1st, 2018

Possibly our most familiar songster,a blackbird singing high up on a rooftop is one of the real pleasures of living cheek by jowl with the natural world. These woodland edge members of the thrush family have over centuries become a garden specialist,...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Woolston Eyes

22:44 | Jun 24th, 2018

Often we think of nature reserves are a product of preserving pristine or unique habitat for wildlife. Yet many nature reserves are products of reclaiming man made activity and letting nature take its course, with a little help. For this Living World...Show More
Chris Packham celebrates Tweet of the Day

14:05 | Jun 17th, 2018

The thought of spring without Springwatch on the BBC would be unthinkable, and Springwatch without it's erudite host Chris Packham likewise. Chris has also been a long time supporter of another BBC institution on Radio 4, Tweet of the Day, first pres...Show More
Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Catch the Pigeon

22:35 | Jun 17th, 2018

The humble pigeon is an often overlooked bird. We pass by it often without a second glance as we rush along our busy city streets, but if we stop and wonder, how does the pigeon know where it is and how does it get from A to B? This episode from 2...Show More
Living World From the Archives - The Machair Of The Western Isles

22:47 | Jun 10th, 2018

The machair is a unique coastal grassland, rich in wildflowers, that form one of the rarest habitats in Europe, and for this Living World wildlife presenter Lindsay Chapman relives the magic of this man made but fragile landscape which Brett Westwood...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Celtic Rainforest

22:00 | Mar 25th, 2018

High in the hills of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, can be found a rare and fascinating habitat. We all know of the importance of the Tropical Rainforests, however these Celtic Rainforests are in a way even rarer, with Britain being home to mo...Show More
Living World from the Archives - The Celtic Rainforest

22:00 | Mar 25th, 2018

High in the hills of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, can be found a rare and fascinating habitat. We all know of the importance of the Tropical Rainforests, however these Celtic Rainforests are in a way even rarer, with Britain being home to mo...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Essex Geese

21:51 | Mar 18th, 2018

Around 100,000 dark bellied brent geese head to Britain every winter to escape the extreme cold weather of their arctic breeding grounds in Russia. Britain is therefore an important wintering ground for these geese with many thousands heading to the ...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Essex Geese

21:51 | Mar 18th, 2018

Around 100,000 dark bellied brent geese head to Britain every winter to escape the extreme cold weather of their arctic breeding grounds in Russia. Britain is therefore an important wintering ground for these geese with many thousands heading to the ...Show More
Living World from the Archives - A Starling Eruption

21:58 | Mar 11th, 2018

The famous evening murmuration, fantastic formations of huge flocks of starlings coming in to roost, brings hundreds of visitors to the levels each winter. But far fewer people see the spectacle of the dawn eruption when the starlings take off en mas...Show More
Living World from the Archives - A Starling Eruption

21:58 | Mar 11th, 2018

The famous evening murmuration, fantastic formations of huge flocks of starlings coming in to roost, brings hundreds of visitors to the levels each winter. But far fewer people see the spectacle of the dawn eruption when the starlings take off en mas...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Snowdrops

21:58 | Mar 4th, 2018

There are 19 species of the wild snowdrop in the world, all in the genus Galanthus. Wild snowdrops are found across much of Europe from Spain to the Caucasus , with Turkey being a hot spot for these 'milk flowers', but they are not found in Britain. ...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Mountain Hares

21:48 | Jan 7th, 2018

The Mountain Hare, sometimes called the Arctic or Blue Hare, is a native of Scotland but to most people's surprise a colony also live in England. Brett Westwood relives programmes from The Living World archives. This episode from 2005 Sarah Pitt ...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Winter Ponds

22:04 | Dec 31st, 2017

Brett Westwood relives programmes from the Living World archives. This episode from 2012 sees Miranda Krestovnikoff with Jeremy Biggs then from Pond Conservation (now known as Freshwater Habitats Trust) for a special Living world devoted to the ponds...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Ancient Holly

21:56 | Dec 24th, 2017

Brett Westwood relives programmes from the Living World archives. In this episode from 2011 Joanna Pinnock travels up to the Stiperstone Hills of Shropshire where she meets up with Sara Bellis and Carl Pickup from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust at a r...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Godwits

22:00 | Dec 17th, 2017

Black-tailed godwits are an elegant long legged bird about the size of a pigeon. In the summer they are found in the arctic where the Icelandic race of this species then migrates to Britain to spend the winter in relatively warmer weather. For this w...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Sika Deer

21:59 | Oct 22nd, 2017

Brett Westwood relives programmes from 50 years of the Living World archives. In this episode from 2009, Lionel Kelleway is in Dorset with Dr Anita Diaz from Bournemouth University, for the sika deer rut. Lionel heads to Purbeck in Dorset with Dr ...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Mellow Fruitfulness

21:51 | Oct 15th, 2017

Brett Westwood relives programmes from 50 years of the Living World archives. In this episode from 1988 Peter France is on the South Downs with ecologist David Streeter. Hips haws and honeysuckle berries enliven the hedgerows. On the ground toadst...Show More
Living World from the Archives - The Late Arrivals

21:49 | Oct 8th, 2017

Brett Westwood relives programmes from the Living World archives, this week an episode from 2008. More familiar in our gardens and parks, the red admiral butterfly is found throughout the British Isles and is one of the highlights of the butterfl...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Hamsterley Forest

21:58 | Oct 1st, 2017

Brett Westwood relives programmes from The Living World archives. In this episode from 1991 Michael Scott travels to Country Durham where in Hamsterley Forest he meets botanist David Bellamy and Ranger Brian Walker on a tour of the area. A combin...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Waxcap Grasslands

21:48 | Sep 24th, 2017

Brett Westwood relives programmes from the Living World archives. In this 2011 episode Paul Evans joins Bruce Langridge from the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Dr Gareth Griffiths, a mycologist from Aberystwyth University on a fungal foray with...Show More
Bone Stories : Ben Garrod Reveals Five Bone Stories

1:08:27 | Aug 19th, 2017

First broadcast on Radio 4 as a five part series, evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod follows a trail of five clues, beginning with a bone or skeleton and leading to a series of fascinating revelations. Brought together into one single episode, Ben...Show More
Bone Stories : (Episode 5 of 5) Man-eating Tiger

14:02 | Aug 18th, 2017

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod stares into the jaws of a man-eating tiger and learns how samples from the bones are providing vital evidence in understanding the role of predation on our evolutionary behaviour. Were our early ancestors primarily h...Show More
Bone Stories : (Episode 4 of 5) Dodo

13:58 | Aug 17th, 2017

The Dodo is byword for extinction, or at least it has been. Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod discovers how the skeletal remains of this extinct bird may hold the key to life beyond the grave and that extinction could be a thing of the past.
Bone Stories : (Episode 3 of 5) the Mary Rose Archer

13:59 | Aug 16th, 2017

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod tries his hand at pulling a medieval long bow and discovers how studies of the skeletons of the archers who sank with the Mary Rose could help patients with dyspraxia.
Bone Stories : (Episode 2 of 5) West Runton Mammoth

13:57 | Aug 15th, 2017

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod heads to a Norfolk beach to hear how a raging storm led to the discovery of one of the oldest mammoth skeletons ever to have been found in the UK and the best preserved skeleton of this species in the world. The ske...Show More
Bone Stories : (Episode 1 of 5) The Irish Giant

13:57 | Aug 14th, 2017

Evolutionary Biologist Ben Garrod follows a trail of clues beginning with a bone or skeleton and leading to a fascinating revelation. In this programme, Ben explores the link between an 18th century skeleton in the Hunterian Museum and Brendan Hollan...Show More
Living World from the Archives - Glow Worms

21:42 | Jul 9th, 2017

Brett Westwood relives programmes from The Living World archives. In this episode from 2013, Chris Sperring is in Buckinghamshire with Robin Scagell on a glow worm safari.
Living World from the Archives - The Shell Nesting Bee

21:34 | Jul 2nd, 2017

Brett Westwood relives programmes from The Living World archives. In this episode from 2014, Trai Anfield is in Dorset with naturalist John Walters.
Living World from the Archive - The Night Island

21:35 | Jun 25th, 2017

Brett Westwood relives programmes from The Living World archives. In this episode from 2012, Chris Sperring heads to Skomer Island with ecologist David Boyle
Living World from the Archives - The Adders of Loch Lomond

21:30 | Jun 18th, 2017

In this programme from 2014, Trai Anfield joins Chris McInerny adder spotting on the eastern edges of Loch Lomond.
Living World from the Archives - The Nest Finder of Dartmoor

21:32 | Jun 11th, 2017

Brett Westwood introduce Living World from the Archives - The Nest Finder of Dartmoor
The Listeners (Series 3, Ep 3)

27:46 | Jan 5th, 2016

A Musician, a Poet and a Quaker share their listening experiences; discuss the difference between hearing and listening and reveal how listening is more than just an aural experience; it’s something much deeper motivating their work and their lives. ...Show More
Would You Eat an Alien? - Alien Persons

27:50 | Dec 30th, 2015

In this four part series Christine Nicol, professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol, explores the fascinating and challenging subject of animal sentience and welfare. To help delve into the nuances we set up an intriguing scenario: Jak...Show More
The Listeners (Series 3, Ep 2)

27:43 | Dec 29th, 2015

Fiona Gameson has been blind since she was about 3 and half years old, and since childhood has used echolocation to help navigate her surroundings. Echolocation is used by bats and dolphins and some other marine mammals to navigate and hunt their pre...Show More
Would You Eat an Alien? - Sociable Aliens

27:46 | Dec 23rd, 2015

In this four part series Christine Nicol, professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol, explores the fascinating and challenging subject of animal sentience and welfare. To help delve into the nuances we set up an intriguing scenario: Jak...Show More
The Listeners (Series 3, Ep1)

27:43 | Dec 22nd, 2015

Listening is about more than hearing as we discover in this new series of 3 programmes. The first programme explores three very different experiences of listening to speech with a poet, a speech dialect coach and Chair of Samaritans. Jan Haydn Row...Show More
Would You Eat an Alien? - Emotional Aliens

27:48 | Dec 16th, 2015

In this four part series Christine Nicol, professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol, explores the fascinating and challenging subject of animal sentience and welfare. To help delve into the nuances we set up an intriguing scenario: Jak...Show More
Would You Eat an Alien? - Pain or No Pain

27:52 | Dec 9th, 2015

In this four part series Christine Nicol, professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol, explores the fascinating and challenging subject of animal sentience and welfare. To help delve into the nuances we set up an intriguing scenario: Jak...Show More
3D Bio-Printing

27:50 | Apr 7th, 2015

Presenter Howard Stableford investigates whether 3D printing can bring real benefit to the natural world. Along the way he discovers a 3D printed reef structure and scientific applications. With species extinction in the natural world a reality, Howa...Show More
Soundstage - Dawn Chorus

13:45 | Mar 27th, 2015

Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson introduces the sounds of a dawn chorus recorded near Aldeburgh in Suffolk in the last in this series of immersive soundscapes. Produced by Sarah Blunt
Soundstage - Glacial Melt

13:47 | Mar 26th, 2015

The extraordinary and powerful sounds of a glacier calving are captured by wildlife sound recordist, Chris Watson in this immersive soundscape. Produced by Sarah Blunt
Soundstage - The Wash

13:46 | Mar 25th, 2015

Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson introduces the extraordinary sounds which accompany the movement of the tides on the Wash, in this series of immersive soundscapes. Produced by Sarah Blunt
Soundstage - St James' Park

13:47 | Mar 24th, 2015

Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson introduces the sounds of the city on Match Day in Newcastle upon Tyne in the second in a series of immersive soundscapes. Produced by Sarah Blunt
Soundstage - Midnight at the oasis

13:49 | Mar 23rd, 2015

Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson narrates the first in a series of audio postcards capturing spectacular wild sound events, beginning in the Kalahari desert. Produced by Sarah Blunt
Living World - Dabbling Ducks, 1st March '15

21:48 | Mar 1st, 2015

In winter, the UK's estuaries and wetlands play host to many species of 'dabbling,' or surface feeding, ducks. Chris Sperring visits the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire to find out more about them.
Living World, Giant Fungus

21:38 | Feb 22nd, 2015

Chris Sperring and Michael Jordan of the Association of British Fungus Groups go in search of giant bracket fungus in Dommett Wood in Somerset. Bracket fungus grow on a variety of native trees. The vegetative part of the fungus, known as mycelium, gr...Show More
The Living World: Wood Mice of Wytham

21:52 | Feb 15th, 2015

In the company of Marc Brouard and Nigel Fisher, Conservator of Wytham Woods, Trai Anfield hears how these small mammals have a vital role to play in the ecology of the woodland. Wytham Woods, is reputedly, the most studied woodland in World. Marc Br...Show More
The Cliff, Ep4

13:49 | Feb 12th, 2015

Martin Palmer, Secretary General of The Alliance of Religions and Conservation reflects on the spiritual responses evoked by cliffs in religious stories and traditions.
The Cliff, Ep3

13:56 | Feb 11th, 2015

Geologist Zoe Shipton explains how cliffs can be read like books to reveal the geological history of the earth.
The Cliff, Ep2

13:51 | Feb 10th, 2015

Skellig Michael or Great Skellig is the larger of the two Skellig islands situated some 12km off the coast of Portmagee in south west Ireland. It’s a spectacular rocky pinnacle towering over 200 metres above sea level. Illustrated with recordings he ...Show More
The Cliff, Ep1

13:54 | Feb 9th, 2015

Alan Read, Professor of Theatre at Kings College London explores the Dreadful Trade on Shakespeare’s Cliff in the first of a new series about our relationship with Cliffs.
Living World - Winter Seashore

21:55 | Feb 8th, 2015

Trai Anfield visits a wintry Bovisand Bay in South Devon in the company of Keith Hiscock, Associate Fellow of the Marine Biological Association. They rummage amongst the storm strewn seaweed making up the strand line at the top of the beach. It is he...Show More
An Image of Sound

14:10 | Feb 7th, 2015

Photographer Andrew Heptinstall goes on a quest to represent sound within a photographic image, which takes him from the camera, into the mind and back again.
The Living World - Spined Loach

21:45 | Feb 1st, 2015

The spined loach is a small freshwater fish that spends most of the time buried in the silt of riverbeds. It is believed be in the UK as a result of the melting from the last Ice Age when the UK was connect to Europe. After the Ice Age rescinded, the...Show More
Shared Planet - Natural Symbols 20 Jan '14

27:52 | Jan 20th, 2015

The final programme in the series recorded in the Natural History Museum in London. Four experts from different fields chose an object that symbolises our relationship with nature.
The Diaries of Brett Westwood: Canal - 16 Jan '15

13:56 | Jan 16th, 2015

When Brett Westwood began a wildlife diary at the age of 15, little did he think that he'd still be writing notes, nearly 40 years later about the same local patch in North Worcestershire. The River Stour has its source in the industrial Black Countr...Show More
The Diaries of Brett Westwood: Woodland - 15 Jan '15

13:45 | Jan 15th, 2015

When Brett Westwood began a wildlife diary at the age of 15, little did he think that he'd still be writing notes, nearly 40 years later about the same local patch in North Worcestershire. Fairy Glen is a small natural woodland in Brett's patch carpe...Show More
The Diaries of Brett Westwood: Sewage

13:49 | Jan 14th, 2015

When Brett Westwood began a wildlife diary at the age of 15, little did he think that he'd still be writing notes, nearly 40 years later about the same local patch in North Worcestershire. n this programme, Brett visits a farm at Whittington. When he...Show More
The Diaries of Brett Westwood: Valley - 13 Jan '15

13:50 | Jan 13th, 2015

When Brett Westwood began a wildlife diary at the age of 15, little did he think that he'd still be writing notes, nearly 40 years later about the same local patch in North Worcestershire. In this programme, Brett visits the valley. Since Brett start...Show More
Shared Planet - Half and Half 13 Jan '14

27:51 | Jan 13th, 2015

The world has lost so much wildlife some conservationists think half the earth should be set aside for nature to ensure the world can continue to provide all the services we need such as clean water, unpolluted air and soils, healthy food and so on. ...Show More
The Diaries of Brett Westwood: Farmland - 12 Jan '15

13:49 | Jan 12th, 2015

When Brett Westwood began a wildlife diary at the age of 15, little did he think that he'd still be writing notes, nearly 40 years later about the same local patch in North Worcestershire. In the first programme Brett visits an area of arable and pas...Show More
Shared Planet - Future of Coral

27:49 | Jan 6th, 2015

Coral reefs are renowned for their beauty and diversity, and they provide us with a wondrous spectacle, but as the seas warm and become more acidic will they survive?
Shared Planet - Lemurs Out on a Limb

27:38 | Jan 5th, 2015

The lemurs of Madagascar are the most endangered mammals on earth - driven to the edge of survival by habitat loss and hunting. How can we save them from extinction?
Shared Planet - Pit Stops and Stopovers

27:40 | Dec 23rd, 2014

Migrating birds exemplify our problem to share the planet with wildlife. These birds fly thousands of kilometers with many species needing protected stop over places to feed.
Shared Planet - Sharing with Wolves

27:37 | Dec 16th, 2014

Few creatures have infiltrated our psyche as much as wolves. They haunt our imagination and appear in our stories, myths and legends. They are at once the embodiment of the devil and of the wild, enough dog that we relate to them, but also rugged, un...Show More
Shared Planet Orangutans and Drones

27:58 | Dec 9th, 2014

Orang-utans live in the peat rainforests of Malaysia and Indonesia. It can be tough terrain to travel through on foot so studying and surveying wild orang-utans is difficult and dangerous. Can drones help to answer questions about the number and dist...Show More
Shared Planet - Drought in East Africa

27:43 | Dec 2nd, 2014

As East Africa gets hotter and drier livestock are increasingly being grazed inside wildlife reserves. Inevitably this leads to predation by big cats. What does the future hold for the pastoralists, wildlife and the say of life of the Samburu? Monty ...Show More
Shared Planet - Snapping Turtles

27:43 | Nov 25th, 2014

What do elephants, snapping turtles and guillemots have in common? They are all examples of 'long-lived' animals with some species living longer than the careers of the scientists who study them. In this episode of Shared Planet Monty Don talks to Ti...Show More
Living World - Whooper Swans

21:31 | Nov 23rd, 2014

When freezing temperatures descend on Iceland, majestic whooper swans migrate south to the Highlands of Scotland where they flock together on wet land, whooping musically to one another in high and low tones. The beauty of the whooper swan has long b...Show More
Shared Planet - Mangroves

27:32 | Nov 18th, 2014

Mangroves have been destroyed worldwide, we are trying to restore them. Is that possible? Can we really restore nature back to what it once was?
Living World - Dry Stone Walls

21:34 | Nov 16th, 2014

Mary Colwell travels to White Peak to meet Sarah Henshall, lead ecologist with Buglife and Simon Nicholas, the local Ranger for the National Trust, to discover the 350 million year old limestone that forms the walls and search for the mini beasts tha...Show More
Shared Planet: Blue Whales

27:35 | Nov 11th, 2014

Blue whales are increasingly being hit by ships, especially off the coast of California. As whale numbers recover from hunting and the number of ships that ply the oceans increases this is a growing problem. What can be done? Monty Don explores this ...Show More
Living World - Great Crested Newt

21:42 | Nov 9th, 2014

As the weather starts to chill, Chris Sperring travels to the Somerset Levels to seek out a last glimpse of the great crested newt as it prepares for hibernation. It's at this time of year we discover why ponds that dry up are important for their bre...Show More
Shared Planet Beavers in Business

27:33 | Nov 4th, 2014

The European beaver was hunted to extinction for its fur, meat and the aromatic secretions from sacs near its anal glands. Now it is coming back throughout Europe , either naturally or by being introduced, as here in the UK. Wherever they settle they...Show More
Living World: Eastern Wolves

21:36 | Nov 2nd, 2014

Algonquin National Park in Ontario is home to the Eastern Wolf and a magnet for visitors to this wilderness national park. Canadian reporter Sian Griffiths meets David Legros in the park and is taken on a wolf howl expedition too look for this shy an...Show More
Shared Planet - Albatrosses and Fishing

27:54 | Oct 28th, 2014

Albatrosses are giant flying seabirds that inhabit the southern oceans. Many species have been studied intensively over decades on their breeding grounds in the sub-Antarctic and the Pacific. Clever studies involving satellite tracking and simple obs...Show More
The Spirit Child

27:35 | Oct 27th, 2014

Paul Evans narrates a ghostly tale inspired by the true story of Alice Glaston who was the youngest person to be hung in Tudor England. Starring Bettrys Jones. Produced by Sarah Blunt
Living World: Nightjars

21:32 | Oct 26th, 2014

Chris Sperring is in Somerset during the last days of summer to find a bird that is one of the first to leave before the autumn. As the light fades a strange whirring sound fills the air and silent masters of flight hawk for moths and other airborne ...Show More
Shared Planet: Hen Harriers - Trust

27:50 | Oct 21st, 2014

Hen harriers are persecuted in the British Isles because they eat grouse. Seals cause problems for salmon fishermen; lions eat the livestock of pastoralists in Africa and so on. All over the world there are conflicts between people and wildlife, ofte...Show More
Shared Planet - Insects and Lights

27:56 | Oct 14th, 2014

Artificial lighting is ubiquitous in the developed world - but the effects of night time illumination on wildlife are not yet fully understood. While we know that artificial light changes the behaviour of some animals we're still a long way from know...Show More
Shared Planet - Mahogany

27:43 | Oct 7th, 2014

Beautiful and durable, mahogany has been highly prized and traded internationally for centuries. Reaching the impressive height of 60 metres or more they are true giants of the forest. Selective logging of mahogany was unchecked across much of its ra...Show More
Shared Planet - Ocean Plastics

27:27 | Sep 30th, 2014

Plastic litter has the knack of finding its way into the ocean. Unfortunately this means that seabirds that have, until relatively recently, been safe to assume that the objects floating on the surface are food are getting a stomach full of trash. Sh...Show More
Shared Planet - Less Wildlife?

27:55 | Sep 23rd, 2014

The diversity and abundance of wildlife is declining across the world. As people grow older they notice the changes but for each new generation the baseline is reset. Is each generation getting used to living with less and less wildlife?
Gossip From The Garden Pond

27:45 | Sep 21st, 2014

Ep: 3 of 3 In the last of three tales written by Lynne Truss, the Garden Spider (Amanda Root) and the Great Pond Snail (James Fleet) reveal the funny side of life in a garden pond. Producer: Sarah Blunt
Shared Planet

27:46 | Sep 16th, 2014

Shared Planet - Ground Nesting Birds Ground nesting birds such as terns are particularly vulnerable to being disturbed. People are increasingly accessing the countryside for all sorts of recreation from walking and mountain biking to bird watching an...Show More
Gossip From The Garden Pond

27:43 | Sep 14th, 2014

Ep 2 of 3: In the second of three tales written by Lynne Truss, the Water Boatman (Sandi Toksvig) and the Great Diving Beetle (David Ryall) reveal the funny side of life in a garden pond. Producer: Sarah Blunt
Shared Planet - Giant Otters

27:52 | Sep 9th, 2014

The fate of the Pantanal rests largely in the hands of Brazil's emerging economy. Monty Don explores the future of the Pantanal and its resident the giant otter. Producer: Mary Colwell
Gossip From The Garden Pond

27:42 | Sep 8th, 2014

Ep: 1 of 3 In the first of three tales written by Lynne Truss, the Tadpole (Julian Rhind-Tutt) and the Dragonfly (Alison Steadman) reveal the funny side of life in a garden pond. Producer: Sarah Blunt
Penguin Post Office Ep5

13:29 | Sep 5th, 2014

In the final programme in the series, wildlife cameraman and narrator Doug Allan joins a film crew on Goudier island to film leopard seals hunting Gentoo penguins, but in Antarctica nothing is ever guaranteed! Producer: Sarah Blunt
Penguin Post Office Ep4

13:29 | Sep 4th, 2014

Life is tough not only for a colony of Gentoo penguins on a tiny island in Antarctica, but also for the team who are filming their lives. Narrator Doug Allan. Producer: Sarah Blunt
Penguin Post Office Ep3

13:29 | Sep 3rd, 2014

With their ship locked in ice a film crew attempt to walk across the frozen Antarctic waters to film a colony of Gentoo penguins on a tiny island. Narrator cameraman Doug Allan. Producer: Sarah Blunt
Penguin Post Office Ep2

13:29 | Sep 2nd, 2014

Fierce storms and dense sea ice provide more challenges to a film crew trying to reach a tiny Antarctic island to film a colony of Gentoo penguins. Narrator cameraman Doug Allan. Producer: Sarah Blunt
Shared Planet - Belugas

27:50 | Sep 2nd, 2014

As demand for oil continues to increase conflict with wildlife is inevitable. Monty Don explores this in the context of a population of beluga whales in Canada's St Lawrence River. Producer: Mary Colwell
Penguin Post Office Ep1

13:26 | Sep 1st, 2014

Wildlife cameraman Doug Allan narrates the first of five programmes following the adventures of a film crew who travel to Antarctica to film a colony of Gentoo penguins. Producer: Sarah Blunt
The Listeners Srs 2

27:42 | Aug 19th, 2014

Ep 3 of 3: Listening is about more than hearing as we discover with four individuals for whom listening is very much the focus of their lives. Presented by Matthew Watson. Produced by Sarah Blunt.
Living World: Guillemots of Skomer

21:50 | Aug 17th, 2014

Skomer Island lies off the south east coast of Wales and is home to thousands of seabird. In the early decades of the 20th Century there were 100,000 guillemots on Skomer, but numbers plummeted to just 2000 after the second world war, probably due to...Show More
The Listeners Srs 2

27:45 | Aug 12th, 2014

Ep 2 of 3: Listening is about more than hearing as we discover with people who listen to sounds. Presented by Matthew Watson. Produced by Sarah Blunt.
Living World: Green Hairstreak

21:38 | Aug 10th, 2014

The Green Hairstreak butterfly is small, bright green and feisty. The males fight for females, spiralling in the air at break neck speed. This lovely butterfly was not recorded in the Pentland Hills, south of Edinburgh, until 20 years ago but now pop...Show More
The Listeners Srs 2

27:45 | Aug 5th, 2014

Ep 1 of 3: Professional listeners reveal how there's far more to listening than hearing. Presented by Matthew Watson Produced by Sarah Blunt
Living World: The Rock Iguana

21:54 | Aug 3rd, 2014

In the second programme from the Turks and Caicos islands, Tom Heap meets up with marine biologist Mark Parrish to look at the problems facing the critically endangered Rock Iguana. Mark Parrish is a marine biologist who runs a local eco-tourism busi...Show More
Shared Planet: National Parks

27:33 | Jul 29th, 2014

The term National Park can be applied to different types of areas depending on where they are situated, some have more protection for wildlife than others. In the United States the traditional National Parks such as Yellowstone or Yosemite enjoy a hi...Show More
Living World: Pygmy Boa Constrictor

21:47 | Jul 27th, 2014

In the first of two programmes from the Turks and Caicos Islands, Tom Heap joins local naturalist Bryan Naqqi Manco for a night safari in search of the Caicos pygmy boa constrictor. Presented by Tom Heap. Produced by Alasdair Cross.
Shared Planet: Zoos In The Wild

27:47 | Jul 22nd, 2014

Ep 8 of 30: As more land is developed for industry and housing or converted to produce food the areas we have fenced off for nature are increasingly important. But are the worlds nature reserves essentially made into a fortress to protect the area fr...Show More
Shared Planet: Urban Wildlife

28:00 | Jul 15th, 2014

Ep 7 of 30: Wildlife in urban areas can be surprisingly diverse – particularly when neighbouring more natural areas. Can the urban jungle actually be better than some rural areas for bees and birds? In this episode Monty Don hears from scientists wo...Show More
Shared Planet: Overland Migration

27:26 | Jul 8th, 2014

Ep 6 of 30: Overland migrations of terrestrial mammals form some of the most impressive natural spectacles in the world. But humans have been making it more and more difficult for animals to move long distances overland. Roads and railways cause mor...Show More
Shared Planet: Hector's Dolphin

27:36 | Jul 1st, 2014

Ep 5 of 30: Hector's dolphin is the world smallest marine cetacean and one of the most endangered. It's a shallow water specialist endemic to New Zealand that shares its space with commercial and recreational fishing. In this episode of Shared Planet...Show More
Shared Planet: Conservation Triage

27:55 | Jun 24th, 2014

How does the world of conservation set its priorities? Shared Planet reports from Qatar and the effort being spent to save the Spix Macaw from extinction in captivity. Occasionally, when the battle to save a species from extinction has almost been lo...Show More
Shared Planet: The Modern Naturalist

27:52 | Jun 17th, 2014

Ep 3 of 30 / Monty Don presents a special Shared Planet in front of an audience from the Hay Festival. Naturalists have always relied on and contributed to the illustrated guide book to observe and record wildlife, but is this so today? The modern na...Show More
Shared Planet: Nature and the Written Word

27:55 | Jun 11th, 2014

Ep 2 of 30 / Monty Don presents a special Shared Planet in front of an audience from the Hay Festival. Nature has always inspired writers across the generations and cultures. The natural world has been the subject, generated the characters and been t...Show More
Shared Planet: Disclosure

27:50 | Jun 3rd, 2014

Monty Don explores the difficulties in keeping secrets and the effects of secrecy on rare orchids and rhinos. For the lady's slipper orchid in England, reduced to a single plant, secrecy was considered the only solution for many years, but when colle...Show More
A Shell Nesting Bee

21:33 | May 18th, 2014

Solitary bees build their nests in some interesting places, but none more so than Osmia bicolor, a mason bee that's preferred real estate is the empty shells of snails. Emerging in spring a few weeks after the males, the mated female spends two days ...Show More
Living World - Springtime in the Hazel Coppice

21:34 | May 11th, 2014

The ancient tradition of coppicing, the periodic cutting of trees and allowing the stumps to regrow, was once common throughout lowland Britain but has been on the wane since the late 1800's. The mosaic habitat of coppiced woodland provides opportuni...Show More
Living World - Adders of Loch Lomond

21:49 | May 4th, 2014

On the eastern edge of Loch Lomond adders are preparing for another summer. Spring-time sun has coaxed them from their winter hibernacula and as the weather warms males have begun to look for potential mates. The adder is one of the most studied and ...Show More
Living world - Mendip Voles

21:40 | Apr 27th, 2014

Chris Sperring this week joins Dr Fiona Mathews, Senior Lecturer in Mammalian Biology at Exeter University on a quest to unravel the secrets behind one of the most abundant if secretive mammals in the UK – the vole. At nearly 1000 feet above sea leve...Show More
Nature: Bigfoot - Not a Bear

28:00 | Mar 18th, 2014

A "Nature" with a bit of a difference. Instead of looking at rare species and conservation measures, this week's programme focuses on perhaps the most elusive (if not non-existent) creature of all – Bigfoot, the supposed ape like or hominid creature ...Show More
Nature: The Midland Brown Snake - Dead or Alive

28:04 | Mar 11th, 2014

The Midland Brown Snake found in the eastern United States, like many snake species migrates between winter hibernation areas and summer habitat in the Spring and Autumn. In many areas, even including the more rural areas, this means having to cross ...Show More
Nature: James and the Giant Atlas Cedars

27:44 | Mar 4th, 2014

In August 2013, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reclassified the Atlas Cedar from 'least concern' to 'endangered species'. Drought as well as local pressures from grazing, logging and pests are threatening the survival of Mo...Show More
Living World - Crossbills

21:58 | Mar 2nd, 2014

Crossbills are finches with large heads and bright colours: the males are red and the females are olive green. What makes them so unusual is that the tips of their beaks are crossed over; allowing them to rip into pine cones and extract the seeds. Di...Show More
Nature: Bewitched by Dragonflies

27:45 | Feb 25th, 2014

In 1985, a dragonfly landed on Ruary Mackenzie Dodds. Up until this time, he had never had much interest in insects, but so astonished and bewitched was he by "this beautiful" insect which had landed on his shirt, that he decided to find out more abo...Show More
Living World - A Starling Eruption

22:02 | Feb 23rd, 2014

Each year the reedbeds of the Somerset Levels become the winter home for hundreds of thousands of starlings. Making their way from across the UK and Europe these birds have found a safe haven to roost with plenty of food nearby. The famous evening mu...Show More
Nature: In search of Humpback whales

27:47 | Feb 18th, 2014

Every year between January and April, Humpback whales from all around the North Atlantic Ocean gather in an area called Silver Bank 100km north of the Dominican Republic to breed. After calving, the whales migrate north from these lower latitudes to ...Show More
Living World - Long-tailed Tits: The Winter Flock

21:39 | Feb 16th, 2014

Seeing a flock of black and white striped, powder puff pink flanked long-tailed tits bouncing through the grey and brown winter landscape is a cheering sight. Scruffy and bandit faced they are often heard before they are seen with piping calls to kee...Show More
Nature: Arctic terns at 66 Degrees North

27:47 | Feb 11th, 2014

In the second of three programmes recorded in Iceland, wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson goes in search of Arctic Terns, which travel here from Antarctica to breed; the longest regular migration of any animal. Chris takes a 3 hour ferry journey f...Show More
Living World - Lepidopteran Winter

21:49 | Feb 9th, 2014

Each year Britain's butterflies and moths attempt to make it through the cold, dark and often wet winter months. Some species will spend the winter as eggs, others as caterpillars or pupae but some get a head start on the spring flowers by spending t...Show More
Nature: Islands of Ice and Fire

27:47 | Feb 4th, 2014

In the first of new series of NATURE, we join wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson in Iceland. When it comes to dynamic landscapes, there's perhaps nowhere in the world more exciting than Iceland; with its vast groaning glaciers, spouting geysers, t...Show More
Living World - Grey Seals of Blakeney

21:43 | Feb 2nd, 2014

A small group of female grey seals first chose the naturally managed sand spit Blakeney Point, on the North Norfolk coast as spot to haul out and give birth to their pups back in 2001. That year twenty-five pups were born and since then the new colon...Show More
Shared Planet - 28 Jan 14 - Ocean Governance

27:56 | Jan 28th, 2014

In today's Shared Planet we ask who is responsible for the life in the ocean? Featuring a field report from Scotland, Monty Don explores the problems faced by life trying to compete with us for resources in an area with little or no regulation. The I...Show More
Shared Planet - 21 Jan 14 - Medicinal Planet

27:49 | Jan 21st, 2014

Many commercially available medicines today can trace their origins to compounds found in the natural world, yet many of those natural compounds are found in rare species, often in natural environments that are now vulnerable due to human activity. A...Show More
Shared Planet - 14 Jan 14 - Community Protection

27:48 | Jan 14th, 2014

Worldwide, with an increasing human population using more and more natural resources, it is often local people and local communities who are the first to notice when something is out of balance in the natural world. In Britain it was otter hunt recor...Show More
Shared Planet - 07 Jan 14 - Deer Management

27:56 | Jan 7th, 2014

It is estimated that in the United Kingdom, numbers of certain deer species in our countryside has almost tripled in the last 20 years. Deer are possibly the most likely mammal we are ever likely to see in the wider countryside. However in many areas...Show More
Shared Planet - 31 Dec 13 - Do We Care Too Much About Nature?

27:48 | Dec 31st, 2013

"Do we care too much about nature?" This is the question we will be asking in a special edition of Shared Planet recorded with a live audience in the Great Hall at the University of Bristol. Together with questions asked by Shared Planet listeners an...Show More
Shared Planet - 24 Dec 13 - Are There Too Many People For Wildlife to Thrive?

27:40 | Dec 24th, 2013

"Are there too many people on earth for wildlife to thrive?" This is the question we will be asking in a special edition of Shared Planet recorded with a live audience in the Great Hall of the University of Bristol. Together with questions asked by S...Show More
Shared Planet - 17 Dec 13 - Noise in the Environment

27:51 | Dec 17th, 2013

Does human produced noise remove us from the natural world? Monty Don explores this question through the difficulty of hearing natural sounds in the countryside.
Shared Planet - 10 Dec 13 - Eco-Tourism

27:41 | Dec 10th, 2013

Humans in the form of scientific research or for artistic endeavour have for centuries travelled the world in search of new landscapes and places. It was not until the arrival of cheap air travel in the 1970's that far flung remote areas became acces...Show More
Shared Planet - 03 Dec 13 - Ocean Pollutants

27:49 | Dec 3rd, 2013

Sea lions in California are developing cancer and the most likely cause is pollution in the ocean. As world population grows and demands on agriculture increase, can we control the amount of damaging chemicals entering rivers and then being taken int...Show More
Shared Planet - 26 Nov 13 - Wildlife Conflict

27:32 | Nov 26th, 2013

As human population grows there is increasing conflict between people and nature. Competition for space and resources is intense in many areas and increasingly some species are regarded as pests when they raid crops, damage forestry or compete with u...Show More
Living World - Barnacle Geese of Caerlaverock

21:51 | Nov 24th, 2013

After a long summer spent raising their young in the Arctic, barnacle geese need a safe place in warmer climes to fatten up before the breeding season begins again. Every winter the whole population of Svalbard barnacle geese make their way to one pl...Show More
Shared Planet - 19 Nov 13 - Traditional Societies

27:42 | Nov 19th, 2013

Traditional societies and the wildlife that depends on them are disappearing. Can we preserve these fragile species? Or is the pressure to develop too great in our world? This week's field report comes from Ethiopia where one of the most endangere...Show More
Living World - Winged Buffet

21:49 | Nov 17th, 2013

Every autumn Spurn Point National Nature Reserve is inundated with small migrating birds from continental Europe. Exhausted from their journey across the North Sea blackbirds, redwings, stonechats and other small birds make easy picking for one of th...Show More
Shared Planet - 12 Nov 13 - Sequoia: Nowhere to go

27:20 | Nov 12th, 2013

Climate change is causing some National parks in America to re-think their boundaries. As the earth warms many species try to move to cooler climates but national parks are rooted in one place. The Sequoia National Park in California runs mainly east...Show More
Living World - Fairy Rings

21:40 | Nov 10th, 2013

Both mysterious and fascinating fairy rings are steeped in mythology. In this episode of the Living World Chris Sperring accompanies fungi expert Lynne Boddy from Cardiff University to the National Botanical Garden of Wales to bust the myths and expl...Show More
Shared Planet - 05 Nov 13 - Human Rubbish and Wildlife

27:56 | Nov 5th, 2013

More and more rubbish is put in landfill every year. Can rubbish tips and industrial sites be modified to help wildlife thrive in an increasingly crowded and consumerist world? The UK produces more than 100 million tonnes of rubbish annually, includi...Show More
Living World - The Ivy Bee

21:35 | Nov 3rd, 2013

This week on the Living World Chris Sperring accompanies entomologist Richard Comont to Dry Sandford Pitts in Oxfordshire in search of a relative newcomer to the UK. Only named as a new species in 1993 and first recorded on British shores in 2001 the...Show More
Shared Planet - 29 Oct 13 - Restriction & Choice

27:58 | Oct 29th, 2013

In Australia some housing estates put restrictions on what people can do to protect koalas. They can't own dogs or cats for example and the Koala's needs are paramount. But how many people are prepared to give up lifestyle choices so that wildlife ca...Show More
Living World - Segestria Florentina

21:49 | Oct 27th, 2013

In the first Living World of the autumn run, Chris Sperring travels to Exeter to find a species hidden within the walls of Exeter Cathedral. First found at the Cathedral as far back as 1890, the large tube-web spider or Segestria florentina, is the l...Show More
Shared Planet - 22 Oct 13 - Fragility & Niche

27:59 | Oct 22nd, 2013

Some wildlife is fragile and will die out if it loses particular conditions. Some butterflies need a particular rare plant, or some birds certain trees for example. This week's field report comes from the heart of England where the needs of the Duke ...Show More
Shared Planet - 15 Oct 13 - Soil Science

27:53 | Oct 15th, 2013

Shared Planet explores the link between a growing human population and wildlife and there is no other part of the natural world that is under as much pressure as the earth's soils. We rely on them to grow healthy crops, which they can only do if they...Show More
The Station

27:47 | Oct 9th, 2013

From a dawn solo to the thunderous roar of a midnight train, this vibrant sound portrait follows 24 hours in the life of Newcastle Central Station with recordings by Chris Watson. Produced by Sarah Blunt
Shared Planet - 08 Oct 13 - Sharks

27:38 | Oct 8th, 2013

Sharks are in decline across the world's oceans. It can be argued sharks have an image problem with reports of attacks on swimmers and surfers. Persecution and deliberate killing to clear areas near swimming beaches are only a contributor to shark de...Show More
Shared Planet - 01 Oct 13 - Religion & Wildlife

27:52 | Oct 1st, 2013

This week Monty Don explores how religious teachings might help people get more involved in conservation. In southern India, the city of Bangalore is the third most populous city in India and one of the fastest growing. As the city expands, the nearb...Show More
Shared Planet - 24 Sept 13 - Elephant Poaching in Africa

27:45 | Sep 24th, 2013

In this programme a field report from Saba Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants from the Samburu National Park in Kenya. Saba sees first-hand the sight of an elephant shot for its ivory. Monty Don explores some of the wider issues in Africa with Da...Show More
Shared Planet - 17 Sept 2013 - Wildlife Aliens and Diseases

27:58 | Sep 17th, 2013

As trade between different countries and continents increases we move more animals and plants around the world. With them go diseases that can be devastating for local wildlife.
Shared Planet - 10 Sept 13 - Rat Eradication

27:54 | Sep 10th, 2013

In this week's programme we have a field report from South Georgia where Tony Martin, Professor in Zoology at Dundee University and working with the South Georgia Heritage Trust, has embarked on a programme to remove 100% of rats on South Georgia. Hu...Show More
Shared Planet - 03 Sept 13 - Crops and Wildlife

27:47 | Sep 3rd, 2013

In this week's programme we have a field report from England with Simon Potts, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at Reading University. Simon Potts's research looks specifically at how effective bees and other pollinators are and their...Show More
Living World - Native Lime

21:52 | Aug 18th, 2013

This week's Living World sees presenter Chris Sperring heading to Hampshire where with native lime tree specialist Hugh Milner they embark on a journey into the remarkable life of the UK's native lime trees. Most people's association with lime is a s...Show More
Living World - Pine Marten

21:57 | Aug 11th, 2013

This week on Living World, presenter Trai Anfield travels to mid Scotland for an encounter with one of Britain's rarest mammals, the pine marten. Here in a remote landscape she meets up with Martyn Jamieson from the Field Studies Council for a safari...Show More
Living World - Glow Worms

22:02 | Aug 5th, 2013

This week on Living World, presenter Chris Sperring is in Buckinghamshire on the lookout for glow worms. Literature is full of references to these enigmatic little beetles who glow when its dark enough not to be able to differentiate colours. With Ch...Show More
Shared Planet - 30 July 13 - What is Sustainability?

27:55 | Jul 30th, 2013

In this week's programme we have a report from Gloucestershire on the waxing and waning of Eel populations. Jonathan Porritt, one of the founders of the sustainability charity Forum for the Future will be in the Shared Planet studio to explore the is...Show More
Living World - Coquet Terns

21:50 | Jul 29th, 2013

Presenter Trai Anfield travels to Coquet Island off the Northumberland coast for this week's Living World for an encounter with the rare roseate tern in its last UK breeding colony. Produced by Andrew Dawes
Shared Planet - 23 July 13 - Oil & Wildlife

27:58 | Jul 23rd, 2013

In this week's programme we have a report from the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Qatar where we witness oil rig legs encrusted with life, pods of dolphins and work monitoring the arrival of migrant whale sharks to the area. David Paterson, Executive ...Show More
Shared Planet - 16 July 13 - Living with Carnivores

28:02 | Jul 16th, 2013

In this week's programme we report from India where John Aitchison revels in the sight of two tigers, who magnificent though they are, are now in effect in an island population, separated from the farmland that surrounds the Bandhavgarh National Park...Show More
Shared Planet - 09 July 13 - Building in Wildlife

27:52 | Jul 9th, 2013

The focus is towns and cities in this week's programme, with a report from North America about their largest Swallow, the Purple Martin. Purple Martins are totally dependent on human habitation east of the Rockies for nest sites. West of the mountain...Show More
Shared Planet - 02 July 13 - Valuing Nature

27:54 | Jul 2nd, 2013

How much is a honey bee worth? Can you put a price tag on a mountain? Monty Don explores the value of nature. Some believe the only way to preserve nature is to show that it can pay its way in a world driven by money, others disagree saying nature is...Show More
Shared Planet - 25 June 13 - Global Collapse

27:51 | Jun 25th, 2013

In this week’s programme we have a report from Northern Kenya about the Grevy's Zebra, the world’s most stripy Zebra and a species in decline for many different reasons, all of which appear to be attributed with human activity. Monty interviews one o...Show More
Shared Planet - 18 Jun 13 - Can We Save It All?

27:41 | Jun 18th, 2013

A giant hamster in Alsace provides Monty with a puzzling dilemma, how do we decide what to conserve? With so many pressures on so many creatures and habitats how to decide where to put our energy and money is difficult. Monty Don expores the issues, ...Show More
Shared Planet - 11 Jun 13 - The Problem of Population

27:40 | Jun 11th, 2013

Monty Don presents Shared Planet, the series that looks at the crunch point between human population and the natural world. In this programme Howard Stableford reports from Conneticut on the complex decline of the once very ubiquitous Chimney Swift, ...Show More
Living World 19 May 13: Yuan Yang

21:50 | May 19th, 2013

In traditional Chinese culture the mandarin duck is believed to bring lifelong fidelity to couples and frequently used as symbols for wedding presents or in Chinese art. Formerly abundant in their native Far East, numbers of mandarin ducks have decli...Show More
Living World 12 May 13: Tenby Daffodil

21:52 | May 12th, 2013

For many the emergence of the daffodil is the real, true harbinger of spring. That flash of yellow across the countryside breathes vitality into a previously grey and dormant winter landscape. There are around 26,000 species of daffodil in the World,...Show More
Living World 5 May 13: Dawn Chorus Day

22:03 | May 8th, 2013

May 5th is International Dawn Chorus day and to celebrate this worldwide event presenter Trai Anfield heads to the Coombes Valley near Leek in Staffordshire to experience the emulsion of sound of a dawn chorus there. Well before dawn, for this specia...Show More
Living World 28 April 13: Golden Pheasant

21:59 | Apr 28th, 2013

One of Britain's scarcest birds is also one of its most beautiful. The flame-coloured golden pheasant is a riot of red, orange and bronze and is native to Chinese forests. The birds are popular around the world as ornamental species and over the year...Show More
A Natural History of Me!

27:51 | Apr 16th, 2013

Paul Evans explores the human self after discovering that only one in ten cells in our bodies is human; the rest are microbial cells. So, if we're not all human, what are we? Produced by Sarah Blunt
In Pursuit of Spring, Ep 3

13:56 | Mar 31st, 2013

Ep 3 of 3. In the third and last programme in the series, ecologist Matthew Oates, like Thomas, ends his journey in Somerset.
In Pursuit of Spring, Ep 2

27:41 | Mar 30th, 2013

Ep 2 of 3. In the second programme in the series, ecologist Matthew Oates celebrates the centenary of naturalist and poet Edward Thomas’s iconic cycle ride from South London to Somerset over Easter 1913.
In Pursuit of Spring, Ep 1

13:53 | Mar 29th, 2013

Ep 1 of 3. Edward Thomas (1878-1917) was arguably the most accomplished and profound writer of English rural prose, with a unique poetic-prose style. Over Easter 1913, Thomas set off on a cycle ride of personal self-discovery across Southern England....Show More
Who's The Pest? 19 March 13 Episode 3

27:37 | Mar 19th, 2013

Ep 3 of 3. In Episode Three, Erica explores how insect technology can solve human design problems.
Who's The Pest? 12 March 13 - Episode 2

27:16 | Mar 12th, 2013

Ep 2 of 3. In Episode Two, Erica asks whether we should be eating more insects.
Who's The Pest? 05 March 13 - Episode 1

27:35 | Mar 5th, 2013

Ep 1 of 3. They make up 80% of the species on earth, and at any time there are ten QUINTILLION of them living. Meet the six-legged rulers of the world: INSECTS. Entomologist Erica McAlister is known as Fly Girl to her friends. As Curator of Flies...Show More
Living World 24 Feb 13: The Wolf Tracker

21:55 | Feb 26th, 2013

For this week's Living World, presenter Chris Sperring goes in search of a large carnivore he's never seen before in the wild, the grey wolf. To do this he travels to Sweden where he meets up with Pierre Ahlgren a wildlife ranger in the Vastmanland a...Show More
Living World 17 Feb 13: Birds of the Taiga

21:50 | Feb 26th, 2013

In January Sweden can be a cold and inhospitable place. Despite winter temperatures dropping to -15, southern Sweden is alive with birdlife. For this week's Living World, Chris Sperring travels to the Vastmanlan area of Sweden where the huge taiga fo...Show More
Living World 10 Feb 13: Tree Sparrows

21:58 | Feb 26th, 2013

Living World: Tree Sparrows. Trai Anfield heads to RSPB Old Moor reserve to seek out the Tree Sparrow; a bird which only a few generations ago was a common sight in the British countryside.
Saving Species - 12 Feb 13: Rarities & Recordings

28:05 | Feb 12th, 2013

Ep 24 of 24. In the final episode of the current series, Saving Species looks at the Slender-billed curlew; no official confirmed records of its existence have occurred since 2001 although there have been sightings of it in 2010 but photographic evi...Show More
Saving Species - 05 Feb 13: British And Arctic Mammals

28:07 | Feb 7th, 2013

Ep. 23 of 24: This week's edition of Saving Species looks at the introduction of quota-regulated cull of Grey Wolves in Sweden as part of plan to to genetically invigorate the currently inbred Swedish wolf population. Michael Scott reports on conserv...Show More
Living World 03 Feb 13: Godwits

21:37 | Feb 4th, 2013

Living World: Godwits. Black-tailed godwits are an elegant long legged bird about the size of a pigeon. In the summer they are found in the arctic where the Icelandic race of this species then migrates to Britain to spend the winter in relatively war...Show More
Living World 27 Jan 13: Urban Kites

21:44 | Feb 4th, 2013

Living World: Urban Kites Living World presented by Trai Anfield is on the outskirts of the Tyneside conurbation following red kites with Harold Dobson from Friends of Red Kites in the north east of England.
Saving Species - 29 Jan 13: Freshwater Eels and Mitten Crabs

28:05 | Jan 31st, 2013

Ep22of24. Freshwater eels are explored this week, as Sian Griffiths reports from the Ottawa River Valley in Canada where hydropower dams are disrupting the American eel's migration paths, and Brett Westwood speaks with David Bunt from the Sustainable...Show More
Saving Species - 22 Jan 13: Bonobos & Dragon Trees

27:53 | Jan 24th, 2013

Ep21 of 24: This week Saving Species looks at Bonobos - a great ape, related to chimpanzees, and found in the forest of the Congo Basin of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Theo Webb reports from the Salonga National Park investigating the threat fr...Show More
R4 Afternoon Drama 22 Jan 13: Chapel of Skins

43:46 | Jan 22nd, 2013

Recorded high up in the Shropshire hills of the Welsh Marches and inspired by a living landscape, the Chapel of Skins is a fictional story about a ghostly meeting of ways. CAST: Phone Box: Paul Evans Trebrodier: Liza Sadovy Anchor: Ben Crowe Quabbs...Show More
Saving Species - 15 Jan 13: Marine Conservation Zones

27:55 | Jan 15th, 2013

Ep20 of 24: Marine Conservation Zones are in the spotlight this week, as Saving Species looks at the importance of protecting our marine life. In December it was revealed that only 31 of the 127 proposed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) have the cha...Show More
Saving Species - 08 Jan 13: International Wildlife

27:52 | Jan 9th, 2013

Ep 19 of 24: Saving Species investigates the relationship between polar bears and the year on year reduction in sea ice in the Arctic collaborating with BBC2’s series "The Polar Bear Family and Me", a trio of films following a polar bear family in th...Show More
Saving Species - 01 Jan 13: Wetland Habitats

27:59 | Jan 1st, 2013

Ep 18 of 24: Saving Species kick's off the new year with a look at the role of wetland habitats in providing a wintering refuge for wildfowl. Joanna Pinnock makes a dawn visit to Wildfowl and Wetland Trust reserve at Welney in Cambridgeshire to wit...Show More
Saving Species - 25 Dec 12: British Overseas Territories

27:26 | Dec 25th, 2012

Ep 17 of 24: Howard Stableford is in the chair for this Christmas Day Saving Species with a programme on conservation in some of the British Overseas Territories. A report from Ed Drewitt with Dr Ian Stephen about the last chance conservation effort ...Show More
Saving Species - 18 Dec 12: Wildlife Art/Wildlife Gardening Forum

27:57 | Dec 18th, 2012

Ep 16 of 24: This week Brett Westwood looks at the increasing alliance between the arts and conservation. We hear from two artists, one a painter and one a photographer who are using their talents to help raise awareness about highly endangered speci...Show More
Saving Species - 11 Dec 12: Rewilding/Devonshire Beavers

27:45 | Dec 11th, 2012

Ep 15 of 24: Saving Species takes a look at what could happen if parts of the British countryside were returned to their natural state through a process known as rewilding. Presenter: Brett Westwood Producer: Sheena Duncan Editor: Julian Hector
Saving Species - 04 Dec 12: Scottish Species Action Framework

27:43 | Dec 5th, 2012

Ep: 14 of 24 Scotland's five year Species Action Framework programme ended in March 2012. This unique programme has advanced conservation and management action for 32 of Scotland's select species - including beaver, red squirrel, sea eagle, capercail...Show More
Living World 02 Dec 12 - The Living Deadwood

22:00 | Dec 2nd, 2012

The Living Deadwood. Trai Anfield is in ancient woodland in North Yorkshire known for its deadwood bugs led by passionate invertebrate expert Roger Key. Produced by Andrew Dawes
Saving Species - 29 Nov 12: Sausage Lichen/Turkmenistan/Hen Harriers

28:01 | Nov 29th, 2012

Brett Westwood travels to the Brecon Beacons to see the a very unusual lichen. Sausages lichen hang from tree branches as long thin strands like uncombed and sparse straggly hair. This lichen is now being spotted locations in south Wales and there a...Show More
Living World 25 Nov 12 - Brambles

22:01 | Nov 25th, 2012

Brambles. James Brickell is in mid Wales with botanist Ray Woods looking at the fascinating ecology surrounding the humble blackberry. Produced by Andrew Dawes
Saving Species - 20 Nov 12: Ash die back/Managing Woodlands

28:04 | Nov 21st, 2012

Ep 12 of 24: Plant a tree in 73" became a national slogan and very large numbers of trees have been planted over the decades since. Ash die back has been widely reported in many programmes, especially news, in recent weeks and in this programme we as...Show More
Living World 18 Nov 12 - Centipedes and millipedes

21:58 | Nov 18th, 2012

Alongside Myriapod expert Steve Gregory, Living World is in Oxfordshire on the search for for centipedes and millipedes. Presented by Chris Sperring/Produced by Andrew Dawes.
IPOR 16 Nov 12: 5/5 The Purple Emperor

13:51 | Nov 16th, 2012

In Pursuit of the Ridiculous: Ep 5/5 - The Purple Emperor Matthew Oates is a complete fan of the rare purple emperor butterfly but meets his match in Neil Hume, a self-confessed addict of this insectsand its favoured woods. Produced by Brett Westwoo...Show More
IPOR 15 Nov 12: 4/5 Slugs and Snails

13:51 | Nov 15th, 2012

In Pursuit of the Ridiculous: 4/5 - Slugs and Snails After enduring a wet slug-filled summer Matthew Oates meets Mary Seddon, a biologist specialising in slugs and snails to find out why she finds the study of molluscs so compelling. Produced by B...Show More
IPOR 14 Nov 12: 3/5 Rare Orchids

13:48 | Nov 14th, 2012

In Pursuit of the Ridiculous: Ep 3/5 - Rare Orchids Most natural historians look for species, but today Matthew Oates meets botanists enthusing over some spectacular hybrid orchids with very rare parents. Produced by Brett Westwood
IPOR 13 Nov 12: 2/5 Twitching

13:58 | Nov 14th, 2012

In Pursuit of the Ridiculous: Ep 2/5 - Twitching To outsiders, twitching can seem the most pointless of natural history activities. Matthew Oates meets Rob Lambert from the University of Nottingham to find out why he twitches. Produced by Brett West...Show More
IPOR 12 Nov 12 : 1/5 Water Beetle

13:51 | Nov 14th, 2012

In Pursuit of the Ridiculous - Ep 1/5: Water Beetle In the first of five programmes about naturalists and their pursuits, Matthew Oates goes hunting with Andy Foster, man obsessed for thirty years by a rare water-beetle. Produced by Brett Westwood.