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Wild Challenge

Are you up for a Wild Challenge this summer? Read more...

Are you up for a Wild Challenge this summer? 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 July to August 5th, those who gain their bronze, silver or gold awards will also receive RSPB goodies. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham meets up with the RSPB’s Rebecca Kerfoot and Aldi’s John O’Maoileoin to find out more. Read less

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2018

  • Episode 100 : Wild Challenge
    29 June 2018 File Size: 20.29 Mb

    Are you up for a Wild Challenge this summer? Read more...

    Are you up for a Wild Challenge this summer? 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 July to August 5th, those who gain their bronze, silver or gold awards will also receive RSPB goodies. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham meets up with the RSPB’s Rebecca Kerfoot and Aldi’s John O’Maoileoin to find out more. Read less

  • Episode 99 : Swift Survey 2018
    31 May 2018 File Size: 26.20 Mb

    The annual Swift Survey has been running since 2009, gathering information on where swifts are nesting across the UK. Read more...

    The annual Swift Survey has been running since 2009, gathering information on where swifts are nesting across the UK.  Swift numbers are 53 per cent down over the last 30 years and data from the survey, coupled with some ground breaking research in Northern Ireland, is providing clues to why this might be happening. On this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to RSPB Northern Ireland’s senior conservation scientist Kendrew Colhoun about using GPS tracking – a world first on a bird so small -  and to Guy Anderson about how your sightings can contribute to this year’s survey. Read less

  • Episode 98 : A post Brexit farming policy for the future of birds like the curlew?
    30 April 2018 File Size: 22.04 Mb

    The government is seeking views on the future of farming. Read more...

    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 become a global leader when it comes to protecting the planet and on this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to Vicki Swales, head of land use policy for RSPB Scotland, about how farming policy post Brexit could change the countryside for the better. And in Curlew Crisis Month she meets farmer David Bonnar whose work on his upland farm in Northern Ireland is helping the plight of this critically endangered wader.  Read less

  • Episode 97 : Invasive Non Native Species Special
    28 March 2018 File Size: 26.33 Mb

    When humans move species from one part of the world to another it can cause all sorts of problems - from non-native rodents wiping out entire seabird colonies to non-native water weeds choking our rivers. Read more...

    When humans move species from one part of the world to another it can cause all sorts of problems - from non-native rodents wiping out entire seabird colonies to non-native water weeds choking our rivers. 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 RSPB Scotland seabird recovery officer, Kelly Thomas, a reserves ecologist who has advice on how to recognise a new threat from the asian hornet and Danny Heptinstall, who as an RSPB policy officer, specialises in invasive non native species and biosecurity. Read less

  • Episode 96 : A day in the life of a cricket tickler
    28 February 2018 File Size: 24.26 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 individuals left. This is where  cricket ticklers come in – their job is to find and collect crickets from one site and move them to new homes on restored heathland. On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham finds out more from Jane Sears, the RSPB’s senior reserves ecologist and Martin Fowlie – a volunteer cricket tickler! Read less

  • Episode 95 : Is the government's 25 year plan a vision for a green future?
    30 January 2018 File Size: 23.63 Mb

    The government has set its vision for a green future in a detailed 25 year plan to improve the environment. Read more...

    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 achieve its goals. And Cambridgeshire farmer Martin Lines, a member of the new Nature Friendly Farming Network, explains why it’s so important that sustainable farming has a voice at this critical time in the debate over the future of agriculture. Read less

2017

  • Episode 94 : From beginner to seasoned Big Garden Birdwatchers
    31 December 2017 File Size: 18.83 Mb

    TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff takes part in the Big Garden Birdwatch every year with her children. Read more...

    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 Markham meets them both and finds out what has inspired them to get involved in the 39th Big Garden Birdwatch on the last weekend of January. Read less

  • Episode 93 : Climate change and the State of the UK's Birds 2017
    30 November 2017 File Size: 24.90 Mb

    This year's State of the UK's Birds report highlights how climate change is affecting our wintering and breeding birds. Read more...

    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 and Wetlands Trust with the UK's statutory conservation bodies. On this month's Nature's Voice Jane Markham finds out more from RSPB conservation scientist Dr Daniel Hayhow and Dr Teresa Frost from the BTO.  Read less

  • Episode 92 : Back from the Brink
    30 October 2017 File Size: 18.82 Mb

    Back from the Brink is a ground breaking collaboration between eight conservation organisations, funded by the National Lottery. Read more...

    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 and act to save endangered wildlife. On this month’s Nature’s Voice Jane Markham finds out more about the project from Back from the Brink’s James Harding-Morris and Emma Burt and talks to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Pete Wall about one of the species which will benefit – the willow tit – which has seen its population plummet by 94% since 1970. Read less

  • Episode 91 : Wild Parks and a Wild Challenge
    29 September 2017 File Size: 19.59 Mb

    In a world where we spend more and more time indoors - how can today’s children connect with nature? Read more...

    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 Parks programme. On this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham meets Martyn Foster, the RSPB’s head of education, families and youth who has been overseeing the project and hears from Ellie, the bug hunter and some of the children and parents who took part. Read less

  • Episode 90 : Brexit – A Nature Law Special
    31 August 2017 File Size: 21.45 Mb

    The government has published the Great Repeal Bill - more formally the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. Read more...

    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 wildlife fare in this transition? On this edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham speaks to the RSPB’s Conservation Director Martin Harper and Kate Jennings, Head of Site Conservation Policy, about the threats and opportunities for nature contained in the bill? Read less

  • Episode 89 : A corncrake revival
    28 July 2017 File Size: 25.87 Mb

    Corncrakes are secretive birds - you’re far more likely to hear their rasping calls than see one. Read more...

    Corncrakes are secretive birds - you’re far more likely to hear their rasping calls than see one. They 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.  Since then, thanks to close collaboration between RSPB Scotland, government bodies, farmers and crofters, corncrake numbers are on the rise. On this month’s Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to the RSPB’s John Bowler who monitors corncrakes on Tiree in the Hebrides and meets Paul Walton, head of habitat and species for RSPB Scotland to discover more about these birds and their changing fortunes Read less

  • Episode 88 : Project Puffin
    28 June 2017 File Size: 21.89 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 are faring during this breeding season. RSPB Northern Ireland's Liam McFaul is warden of the dramatic Rathlin Island reserve - a great place to see puffins. Jane Markham talks to him, and visitor experience officers Hazel Watson and Ric Else, about about the island's huge sea bird colony. Plus conservation scientist Ellie Owen explains what Project Puffin is all about Read less

  • Episode 87 : Swift Cities
    30 May 2017 File Size: 26.53 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 returning to the UK has fallen by 47 per cent and the project aims to recruit Oxford locals and city visitors to record bird sightings and encourage people to put up nest boxes. On this month’s Nature’s Voice Jane Markham visits Oxford to meet Lucy Hyde who is the Oxford Swift City Project Officer for the RSPB, and volunteers Chris Mason and Jocelyne Hughes. Read less

  • Episode 86 : National Nightingale Festival
    28 April 2017 File Size: 23.62 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 Markham meets acclaimed folk singer Sam Lee who, with guest artists, creates concerts around a campfire to sing with nightingales. She also finds out about the continuing threat to one of the country’s most important habitats for nightingales when she talks to the RSPB’s Adrian Thomas, the campaign manager to save Lodge Hill in Kent. Read less

  • Episode 85 : The Little Tern Recovery Project
    30 March 2017 File Size: 21.08 Mb

    The little tern is the smallest and one of the rarest breeding seabirds in the UK. Read more...

    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 tides. The Little Tern Recovery Project is a five year programme, in partnership with 10 other organisations, to protect these brilliant little birds. As the project moves into its fourth breeding season Jane Markham meets Fabienne Fossez who runs the team of volunteers on the east Norfolk coast. And talks to Sue Rendell Read, the project manager, and her assistant Anne Parr about its progress. Read less

  • Episode 84 : Success stories from 2016
    28 February 2017 File Size: 23.23 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 edition of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to Andy Evans, head of the RSPB’s Nature Recovery Unit, and species recovery officer Stephanie Morren about some of the good news stories from the past year. These range from the appearance of a huge flock of yellowhammers at Hope Farm to progress in saving the albatross from extinction. Read less

  • Episode 83 : Show the Love
    31 January 2017 File Size: 18.57 Mb

    Actors Charles Dance and Jason Isaacs are taking a lead in The Climate Coalition's Show the Love campaign this February. Read more...

    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 the music of Elbow.  The things we love could change forever due to climate change and that's the message of the video. On this edition of Nature's Voice Jane Markham talks to Fiona Dear from The Climate Change Coalition about the film and campaign and to the RSPB's conservation director Martin Harper about special places under threat. Read less

2016

  • Episode 82 : Is it a waxwing winter for Big Garden Birdwatch 2017?
    30 December 2016 File Size: 20.67 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 the east of the country – you might be lucky enough to spot an exciting visitor or two this time. With berries short in other parts of northern Europe, waxwings have already been spotted on the east coast. On this month’s Nature’s Voice, Jane Markham discovers that we may be heading for a waxwing winter! Read less

  • Episode 81 : Land for wildlife - why we need more
    30 November 2016 File Size: 25.92 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 how increasing the amount of land under RSPB management is helping conserve some of the country’s rarest species. And she looks at a success story – the long road to acquiring and reclaiming rare salt marsh at Hesketh Out Marsh on the picturesque Ribble Estuary in Lancashire. Read less

  • Episode 80 : Designer jewellery for the birds
    31 October 2016 File Size: 25.17 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 Minsmere reserve in Suffolk - a place he’s known since he was a child. He’ll be telling Jane Markham about his inspiration and she’ll be meeting the RSPB’s Adam Rowlands and Matthew Parrott from Minsmere to find out more about one of the RSPB's flagship reserves. Alex will be donating £35 from each piece sold to the RSPB. Read less

  • Episode 79 : The State of Nature Report 2016
    30 September 2016 File Size: 24.11 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 and is still in decline. The new State of Nature report  was  launched by Sir David Attenborough – three years after the original report. On this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham meets the RSPB’s Principal Conservation Scientist Dr Mark Eaton, lead author of the report, to look at its findings. And she speaks to Jim Foster from ARC, the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust, and finds how, working in partnership, there is good news for some species. Read less

  • Episode 78 : Operation Turtle Dove
    31 August 2016 File Size: 20.74 Mb

    Turtle doves are the fastest declining bird in the UK - their population is halving every six years. Read more...

    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 John Mallord who has been part of Operation Turtle Dove. His work with Titan the turtle dove – who was satellite tagged two seasons ago - has produced a huge amount of information.  She also meets Samantha Lee who works with landowners in the east of England to help improve the habitat on their key breeding grounds. Read less

  • Episode 77 : A night time adventure and the Big Wild Sleep Out
    30 June 2016 File Size: 22.20 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 part in the Big Wild Sleepout over the last weekend of July. Jane Markham also speaks to the RSPB’s Paul Birmingham about why it’s become such a popular event and why it’s so important to reconnect with nature. Read less

  • Episode 76 : A dawn chorus in spring
    29 April 2016 File Size: 23.17 Mb

    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? Read more...

    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? RSPB wildlife adviser Ben Andrew talks to Jane Markham about the birds as they start to sing in an Oxfordshire garden, identifying the early risers and what you should listen out for.  Read less

  • Episode 75 : Big Garden Birdwatch Results 2016
    31 March 2016 File Size: 18.11 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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.  Nowadays most entries arrive online but in 1979, when it all started, they arrived by post. We hear from Peter Holden who had the task of sifting through and recording the results from huge sacks of mail. Read less

  • Episode 74 : An action plan to save the hen harrier
    29 February 2016 File Size: 9.19 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 this month's Nature's Voice Jane Markham meets Bea Ayling who manages the RSPB's Hen Harrier LIFE+ project about this remarkable bird and to Andre Farrar about his hopes for a new government backed hen harrier action plan.  Read less

  • Episode 73 : Born to Be Wild
    31 January 2016 File Size: 8.88 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 as an RSPB licensed book, part of the cover price willbe helping save wildlife. We’ll also be looking at things to do outdoors at RSPB reserves as the February half term approaches. Read less

2015

  • Episode 72 : Working for nature from science to song
    31 December 2015 File Size: 14.45 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 highest cliffs! Jane Markham meets them both. But science isn't the only way to help the natural world and she also talks to singer and songwriter Miel de Botton about her song Birds without Borders inspired by the RSPB's campaign of the same name. Read less

  • Episode 71 : Big Schools Birdwatch at 15!
    30 November 2015 File Size: 11.11 Mb

    Beecroft Academy in Dunstable is centre stage on this episode of Nature's Voice. Read more...

    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 things for teachers, and the children in their classes, can do to prepare for the count which takes place in the first half of next term.  Read less

  • Episode 70 : Nature of climate change
    15 November 2015 File Size: 27.55 Mb

    In the run up to the Paris Climate Change Conference this edition of Nature's Voice looks at how climate change is affecting wildlife. Read more...

    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 success story. Bitterns, their reedbed habitats on the coast threatened by rising sea levels and reduced to a handful of breeding pairs in the mid 1990s, are now flourishing at Lakenheath Fen in reedbeds planted with the help of volunteers. Read less

  • Episode 69 : Response for Nature and online art in An Open Field
    12 October 2015 File Size: 9.72 Mb

    Response for Nature is a follow up to The State of Nature Report published in 2013. Read more...

    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 governments to stop the decline in biodiversity across the UK. On this edition of Nature's Voice Jane Markham talks to Philippa Richards the RSPB's project officer for the Response for Nature project. She'll also be visiting Fevered Sleep (the performing arts company) to find out about their response to the State of Nature Report  - an online digital artwork called An Open Field. Read less

  • Episode 68 : Wallasea Island Wild Coast project
    30 August 2015 File Size: 11.74 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 due to climate change. It's one of the RSPB's most ambitious ventures to date and has been made possible with the help of three million tons of clean soils from one of its key partners, Crossrail, who are building London's new railway. For Nature's Voice this month Jane Markham was given a guided tour of the reserve by the RSPB's project manager, Chris Tyas, to see how the new saline lagoons and mud flats are shaping up. Read less

  • Episode 67 : Puffins in trouble
    01 July 2015 File Size: 12.39 Mb

    The puffin is on the new European Red List of birds under threat. Read more...

    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 much-loved sea bird. On this episode of Nature's Voice, and with this year's breeding season in full swing, Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Keith Clarkson about the puffins (and their pufflings) breeding at the Bempton Cliffs reserve, and to conservation scientist Dr Mark Eaton about what is going wrong and what can be done to help. Plus, we look ahead to this year's Big Wild Sleepout. Read less

  • Episode 66 : Protecting the laws that protect nature - why the Nature Directives matter
    29 May 2015 File Size: 13.07 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 heathland reserve at Arne in Dorset, one of the world's rarest habitats, and a place which is protected thanks to the Birds and Habitats Directives. She also speaks to Alistair Taylor, the RSPB's Senior Policy Officer for Nature Directives, and looks at the Defend Nature campaign, which is how you can help protect the laws which protect nature.  Read less

  • Episode 65 : Birdwatching with Stornoway and Big Garden Birdwatch results
    25 March 2015 File Size: 11.10 Mb

    The folk rock band Stornoway's new album includes birdsong woven into the music. Read more...

    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 explore their inspiration. There are also details of how you can download a free track from their album, Bonxie. Plus the Big Garden Birdwatch results are out - Molly and Frankie are back to countdown this year's top ten. Read less

  • Episode 64 : Somerset Cranes and Climate Change
    19 February 2015 File Size: 9.91 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 Damon Bridge manager of the Great Crane Project at the RSPB's West Sedgemoor reserve. Plus  the RSPB's conservation director Martin Harper looks ahead to an important year for climate change negotiations and we hear the voices of stars from Stephen Fry to Alison Steadman, Raymond Blanc to Meera Syal in their video contribution to the Climate Change Coalition.  Read less

  • Episode 63 : Taking Big Garden Birdwatch selfies!
    21 January 2015 File Size: 17.66 Mb

    For the Big Garden Birdwatch this year, why not try photographing the birds that come to your bird feeders? Read more...

    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, we visit the RSPB's Richard Bashford and his family and set them a Big Garden Birdwatch quiz. How many birds can you identify from their calls and a few hints? Read less

2014

  • Episode 62 : Autumn Arrivals
    21 November 2014 File Size: 21.78 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 to visit the team there. Plus, now the BBC's Autumn Watch has completed its series at the RSPB's Leighton Moss reserve, we find the otters are still coming out to play.   Read less

  • Episode 61 : Nightingales under threat in Kent
    18 September 2014 File Size: 10.69 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 about what you can do to help. We visit the first RSPB Garden Festival, part of the Giving Nature a Home in Glasgow project. And look ahead to September's Members Day and AGM at its new home at the ICC in Birmingham with details of an 'early bird' discount if you want to go along.  Read less

  • Episode 60 : Conference for Nature and introducing Vote for Bob
    14 August 2014 File Size: 4.87 Mb

    Sir David Attenborough is one of the speakers at September's Conference for Nature. Read more...

    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 ideas to work with politicians and businesses which will reverse these declines. This month's Nature's Voice previews the conference and finds out how the Vote for Bob campaign hopes to influence party manifestos in the run up to next year's general election. Read less

  • Episode 59 : The hen harrier Skydancer project is up for an award
    17 July 2014 File Size: 22.38 Mb

    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's plight as  England's most persecuted bird of prey. Read more...

    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's plight as  England's most persecuted bird of prey. And Andre Farrar looks at the implications for wildlife caused by the  increasingly intensified management of moorland for the grouse shooting industry.  Read less

  • Episode 58 : Doñana restored and the yellow spiky woodlouse
    19 June 2014 File Size: 19.66 Mb

    16 years ago Doñana National Park in southern Spain was devastated by a blanket of toxic sludge. Read more...

    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 wetland  - Jane Markham talks to RSPB campaigner Conor Jameson about its plight. Plus Clare Stringer, Head of the RSPB's UK Overseas Territories Unit,  discusses her team's report on the 28,000 species which live in these, often remote, parts of the world. It includes the incredibly rare yellow spiky woodlouse!          Read less

  • Episode 57 : Sleeping wild in your garden and Springwatch at Minsmere
    22 May 2014 File Size: 17.63 Mb

    For the Big Wild Sleepout this year why not host a sleepover in your garden? Read more...

    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 how to get the most out of your sleepout. Plus the RSPB's Minsmere reserve in Suffolk is the new home for the BBC's Springwatch programmes. Will they film a bittern 'booming' and perhaps, more excitingly, will these rare and secretive herons breed in the reedbeds?  Read less

  • Episode 56 : Frogs and toads the gardener's friends!
    24 April 2014 File Size: 26.12 Mb

    This year, as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch,  the RSPB asked about the wildlife that visits our gardens - not just the birds. Read more...

    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 Jane Markham talks to Dr John Wilkinson from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust and to Mark Ward, Editor of Nature's Home magazine, about the importance of our gardens when it comes to providing homes for wildlife.  And as swallows and swifts start to arrive in the UK to breed the head of the RSPB's migrants programme Danae Sheenan welcomes them back and talks about what we can do to protect them while they are here and on their long and perilous journeys.  Read less

  • Episode 55 : Birdwatch results and the plight of the kittiwake
    27 March 2014 File Size: 15.69 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 birds in the survey plus the RSPB launches a new Centre for Conservation Science and Jane Markham talks to one of the scientists, Matthew Carroll, about his work investigating possible links between climate change and the declining populations of Kittiwakes.  Read less

  • Episode 54 : Floods and Fashion Week Nestboxes
    14 February 2014 File Size: 7.50 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 London Fashion Week, some of the biggest names in fashion from Vivienne Westwood to Julien MacDonald have created some remarkable nestboxes and we've details of how you can see them and bid to own one to support nature.  Read less

  • Episode 53 : Big Garden Birdwatch Live!
    23 January 2014 File Size: 9.46 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 Sarah Houghton who is running this year's count and meeting someone who took part in the very fist Big Garden Birdwatch back in 1979 Read less

2013

  • Episode 52 : Where have all the Turtle Doves gone?
    19 December 2013 File Size: 6.12 Mb

    The Turtle Dove, one of the symbols of Christmas, is in serious trouble. Read more...

    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 and the launch of Operation Turtle Dove. Plus a look back at some of the highlights of 2013. Read less

  • Episode 51 : Project Wild Thing
    15 November 2013 File Size: 7.71 Mb

    How do you get children to swap some of their TV and computer time for spending more wild time outdoors? Read more...

    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 David Bond.  On this month's Natures Voice Jane Markham talks to David about how his family inspired him to make the film and how he played the marketing industry at its own game to 'sell' nature to children. Read less

  • Episode 50 : Miranda Krestovnikoff - the RSPB's new President
    17 October 2013 File Size: 8.82 Mb

    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 alike to do their bit to give nature a home. Read more...

    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 alike to do their bit to give nature a home. Read less

  • Episode 49 : Birds Without Borders - the perils of migration
    19 September 2013 File Size: 8.60 Mb

    Ospreys from Loch Garten are well on their way south. Read more...

    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 at a successful breeding season on the reserve and Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Grahame Madge about the shocking numbers of migrating birds shot by illegal hunters on Malta.  Read less

  • Episode 48 : A Big Wild Sleepout to remember
    22 August 2013 File Size: 12.41 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 night seeking out grasshoppers, bats and nightjars.  Read less

  • Episode 47 : Linda Barker plus the Big Wild Sleepout
    25 July 2013 File Size: 13.56 Mb

    Linda Barker, interior designer and television presenter, gets creative in her garden for some new clients - the wildlife. Read more...

    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 about the RSPB's first ever Big Wild Sleepout who suggests sleeping under the stars, toasting marshmallows and dressing up as squirrel to raise money for wildlife! Read less

  • Episode 46 : Sir David Attenborough and Giving Nature a Home
    25 June 2013 File Size: 8.19 Mb

    Sir David Attenborough has issued a call to arms in response the State of Nature report. Read more...

    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, including the RSPB, were involved in putting the report together and Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Jonny Wright about a new campaign - Giving Nature a Home - to inspire us all to take up Sir David's challenge. Read less

  • Episode 45 : The State of Nature Report
    23 May 2013 File Size: 7.76 Mb

    The State of Nature report, just published by the RSPB in collaboration with more than 20 other major conservation groups, provides alarming reading. Read more...

    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 threatened with extinction.  On this month's podcast Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's senior conservation scientist Dr Mark Eaton, one of the lead authors of the report, and Matt Shardlow, chief executive of Buglife, about the results and asks where we go from here. Read less

  • Episode 44 : Summer migrants special
    19 April 2013 File Size: 7.62 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 manager - talks about her work in West Africa, where many of these birds overwinter, why their numbers are declining and conservation projects involving local villagers which benefit both birds and people Read less

  • Episode 43 : Big Garden Birdwatch results in a spring freeze
    28 March 2013 File Size: 5.55 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 - Homes for Wildlife blogger and gardening expert - about what to plant to give our birds, butterflies and bees a helping hand Read less

  • Episode 42 : Create a home for wildlife
    14 February 2013 File Size: 6.80 Mb

    How wildlife friendly is your garden? Read more...

    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 some top tips about how to choose the right nestbox for your garden and explains why they can really make a difference for the birds and animals around us. Read less

  • Episode 41 : Big Garden Birdwatch - the teenage connection
    23 January 2013 File Size: 5.97 Mb

    It’s January already and  time for the world’s biggest annual bird survey - Big Garden Birdwatch! Read more...

    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 enthusiast and nature blogger Kate tells Jane Markham that there's never been a better time to be a teenager with an interest in nature.  We'll also have tips and ideas for how you and your family can get involved and what to look out for. Read less

2012

  • Episode 40 : Wildlife at Christmas
    20 December 2012 File Size: 6.78 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 children away from their presents over the festive season to get them outdoors and enjoying the natural world around them.  Read less

  • Episode 39 : Mike Dilger's Wild Town
    14 November 2012 File Size: 4.89 Mb

    Mike Dilger - ecologist and natural history presenter - has a new book out, written for the RSPB. Read more...

    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 some of the animals and habitats to look out for on his ultimate urban safari.  Read less

  • Episode 38 : Connecting children with nature
    18 October 2012 File Size: 19.74 Mb

    Are children today losing touch with nature? Read more...

    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 RSPB's chief executive Mike Clarke about the research and we hear from children and parents at a family Fun Day on a reserve with insights from TV psychologist Emma Kenny. Plus the winner of this year's RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Awards tells us how he has made his farm a haven for wildlife while running a profitable business.  Read less

  • Episode 37 : Sarah Outen and the Albatross
    20 September 2012 File Size: 4.55 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 short by a tropical storm but that didn't stop her kayaking around Mull later in the summer to see some fantastic wildlife. Plus this month's Step up for Nature gives details of how to make sure the fish we eat is caught sustainably and without threatening the world's endangered albatross populations.  Read less

  • Episode 36 : Nature of Farming Awards - your vote counts
    17 August 2012 File Size: 8.08 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 Markham talks to the editor of the RSPB’s Birds magazine, Mark Ward, about the wildlife he sees from his home overlooking farmland.  Plus step up for nature by making your voice heard in the debate over EU funding for farmers.  Read less

  • Episode 35 : Rio Summit report and UK woodlands in decline
    19 July 2012 File Size: 5.67 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 calling for a woodland culture for the 21st century to restore our ailing woodlands. And why not step up for nature and create a woodland glade in your garden - even if it's tiny! Read less

  • Episode 34 : First catch your hippo!
    14 June 2012 File Size: 9.40 Mb

    The Rio+20 Earth Summit in late June will focus on sustainable development. Read more...

    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 lives.  It's an illustration of sustainable development at work and we investigate a project in the forest to electronically tag one of the elusive and endangered pygmy hippos who live there. The task is to gather vital information to help them survive....but first they have to catch one.  Read less

  • Episode 33 : Springwatch returns to RSPB Ynys-hir
    17 May 2012 File Size: 5.50 Mb

    Chris Packham and the BBC Springwatch team return to the RSPB's Ynys-hir reserve at the end of May. Read more...

    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 catches up with TV presenter Iolo Williams whose knowledge of wildlife in Wales is second to none. We also preview Make Your Nature Count - the RSPB's summer survey with ambitions to rival the Big Garden Birdwatch! Read less

  • Episode 32 : A drought for all seasons
    25 April 2012 File Size: 5.72 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 this rain hasn't eased the drought, what it means for wildlife and how water shortages could be avoided in future. Plus there are some ideas of how you can step up for nature by saving water.  Read less

  • Episode 31 : Where have all the starlings gone?
    29 March 2012 File Size: 5.55 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 Big Garden Birdwatch in 1979. In this episode of Nature’s Voice Jane Markham talks to RSPB scientist Dave Buckingham about why this might be happening and to Liberty Smith – one of the film makers behind a phenomenally successful YouTube video recording their chance encounter with a dramatic murmuration of starlings while they were canoeing in Ireland. Read less

  • Episode 30 : Thames Estuary airport threat
    15 February 2012 File Size: 7.38 Mb

    Proposals to build an airport on the north Kent marshes are in the news once again. Read more...

    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 Estuary would mean for them. The marshes are a wetland habitat that is recognised as being of international importance for wildlife and we hear the RSPB conservation director Martin Harper's response in the light of previous threats to the area. There are also details about how you can make your voice heard about the plans. Read less

  • Episode 29 : Big Garden Birdwatch 2012
    26 January 2012 File Size: 7.92 Mb

    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? Read more...

    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 Markham talks to RSPB staff in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales on the look out for regional variations and interests when it comes to this year's count. These range from the flashy goldfinch to the chubby nuthatch.  Read less

2011

  • Episode 28 : 2011 reviewed and riding the economic storm predicted for 2012
    15 December 2011 File Size: 16.59 Mb

    In this, extended edition, of Nature's Voice we look ahead to 2012. Read more...

    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 sandpiper chicks make it to the UK? When will the government honour its promise to create protected areas at sea and who won the Nature of Farming Awards? Jane Markham is joined at RSPB headquarters by Andre Farrar, Sharon Thompson and Kathryn Smith to provide some answers.  Read less

  • Episode 27 : Vultures, rain forests and solar panels
    17 November 2011 File Size: 7.40 Mb

    India's vulture population has been devastated over the last 20 years. Read more...

    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 chart progress towards bringing them back from the brink of extinction. Jane Markham also talks to the head of the RSPB's tropical forest unit about the continuing loss of rain forests around the world and initiatives to make the trees more valuable standing than they are as logs. Plus stepping up for nature by investing in solar panels for our homes.  Read less

  • Episode 26 : Come Dine with the birds!
    20 October 2011 File Size: 9.30 Mb

    Dave Lamb, of Come Dine with Me fame, lends his voice to this year's RSPB Feed the Birds Day. Read more...

    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 about how they look after the birds and other wildlife in their gardens. Plus details of how you can win a fabulous Feed the Birds Day kit including a nest box, bird feeders, seed, a pocket book of birds and a cuddly toy!   Read less

  • Episode 25 : Saving the spoon-billed sandpiper
    23 September 2011 File Size: 11.70 Mb

    The spoon-billed sandpiper is in danger of becoming extinct. Read more...

    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 because they are so endangered an urgent rescue operation was started earlier this year. 20 eggs were collected from some of the few remaining pairs on their breeding grounds in Russia. This is the story so far of a remarkable project to save a species and the educational work the RSPB is doing in China  - one of their most important wintering grounds - to protect the coastal mudflats it needs to survive.   Read less

  • Episode 24 : Making Your Nature Count and seaside rock pools
    18 August 2011 File Size: 8.33 Mb

    Garden birds have had a good breeding season. Read more...

    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 about the results. And we investigate the simple pleasure of that timeless summer holiday pastime  - exploring seaside rock pools with the help of a discarded Pringles box! Read less

  • Episode 23 : The Nature of Farming Awards 2011
    14 July 2011 File Size: 14.81 Mb

    The RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Awards celebrate the work farmers do for wildlife. Read more...

    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 winner David White risked the wrath of the gardener to help out the swifts and swallows.    The judging panel will chose 4 of the 8 regional winners to go forward to a public vote to decide this year's overall winner who will receive £1000. Voting opens on July 22nd - either on the RSPB website or by calling 0870 601 0215 - calls from  BT land lines are charged at standard rate, other networks may vary. If you vote you will also be entered into a draw with the chance of winning a luxury weekend break for two.  Read less

  • Episode 22 : Bempton Gannets and the Marine Wildlife Pledge
    16 June 2011 File Size: 12.35 Mb

    How do you put a satellite tag on a Gannet? Read more...

    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 hope to find out from the data that is being collected. Plus step up for nature by signing the RSPB's Marine Pledge to call for marine conservation reserves to benefit the seabirds around our coast.  Read less

  • Episode 21 : Springwatch's new home at RSPB Ynys-hir
    19 May 2011 File Size: 9.10 Mb

    BBC Springwatch's new home is at the RSPB's Ynys-hir reserve near Aberystwyth. Read more...

    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 Springwatch and Jane Markham talks to David Trotman from RSPB Cymru - who is delighted that the BBC are coming to a Welsh reserve in the year the RSPB is celebrating its centenary in the principality. Read less

  • Episode 20 : Ospreys, Wood Ants and Smooth Snakes at Arne
    14 April 2011 File Size: 5.09 Mb

    The RSPB's reserve at Arne on the Dorset coast boasts all six of the UK's reptiles. Read more...

    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 the reserve.We hear from members at the volunteers weekend about what they'll be doing to take part in the Stepping Up For Nature campaign. And this month's Nature's Voice will also be available for the first time on YouTube so if you want to see what Rob, Paul or the smooth snake look like you can take a look - http://youtu.be/B6FGtJ3uqCw!  Read less

  • Episode 19 : Stepping Up For Nature and Big Garden Birdwatch Results
    30 March 2011 File Size: 3.44 Mb

    Kate Humble tells us how she is ‘Stepping Up For Nature’ as part of the RSPB’s latest campaign. Read more...

    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 environment. Also this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch results are in and Mark Eaton, one the RSPB’s scientists, discusses them with Jane Markham.  Despite the cold winter there is some good news for some of our smaller birds.  Read less

  • Episode 18 : Curious courtships amongst the birds and the trees!
    17 February 2011 File Size: 8.29 Mb

    The plant and animal kingdoms are starting to wake up to spring. Read more...

    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, we'll find out why. And we look at the most graceful spring time double act - the ritual courtship dance of great crested grebes. Plus our Great Moment with Nature is a close encounter with one of Britain's favourite mammals.  Read less

  • Episode 17 : Big Garden Birdwatch 2011 - where will you be watching?
    27 January 2011 File Size: 6.43 Mb

    Facebook followers of the RSPB Love Nature pages tell us where they'll be doing their Big Garden Birdwatch this year. Read more...

    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 their residents. Plus the busiest woman at the RSPB this month,Big Garden Birdwatch co-ordinator Heather Griffiths, chooses her Great Moment with Nature.  Read less

2010

  • Episode 16 : Bird is the Word and a mistletoe mystery
    16 December 2010 File Size: 4.70 Mb

    Surfin' Bird for Christmas number one! Read more...

    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 it comes to Mistletoe - Jane Markham talks to a man who knows everything there is to know about this festive plant. Plus who has knocked the robin off the Christmas card number one in the RSPB shop?  Read less

  • Episode 15 : Sun bears in Harapan Rainforest
    18 November 2010 File Size: 5.93 Mb

    Bella the sun bear was rescued from a snare. Read more...

    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 the RSPB and Burung Indonesia. In this podcast Ian Rowlands, on a working trip to Harapan, spoke to the project's diversity officer for mammals  Elva Gamita, to find out why. Plus the RSPB's Andre Farrar talks to Jane Markham about the plight of rainforests around the world and this month's Great Moment with Nature takes us to South Stack on Angelsey. Read less

  • Episode 14 : Government Cuts and the RSPB
    21 October 2010 File Size: 4.08 Mb

    The RSPB has welcomed the government's commitment to increasing funding for wildlife friendly farming in October's comprehensive spending review. Read more...

    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 Director of Conservation Mark Avery about what cuts at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will mean for nature. We look ahead to Feed the Birds day and there's a spooky Great Moment with Nature from the assistant warden of the RSPB's Otmoor reserve.  Read less

  • Episode 13 : Every Child Outdoors
    23 September 2010 File Size: 6.07 Mb

    Climbing trees, playing conkers and making daisy chains - the simple outdoor pleasures of being a child. Read more...

    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 Voice Jane Markham visits out of classroom learning sessions at RSPB reserves and  talks to children and field teachers to find out why contact with nature is so important, and why the RSPB is committed to ensuring that as many children as possible continue to have access to it.    Read less

  • Episode 12 : Hope Farm and the Nature of Farming Award
    19 August 2010 File Size: 5.84 Mb

    10 years ago the RSPB bought Hope Farm. Read more...

    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.  On this edition of Nature's Voice we visit Hope Farm with the RSPB's Director of Conservation, Mark Avery to celebrate its tenth birthday.  We also take a look at this year's Nature of Farming Award plus Bill Oddie chooses a great moment with nature from the top of one of the world's most iconic buildings. Read less

  • Episode 11 : Bill Oddie on Rainham Marshes plus protecting wildlife from budget cuts.
    22 July 2010 File Size: 6.30 Mb

    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. Read more...

    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 charity's biggest ever campaign - The Letter to the Future. As the number of signatures nears a quarter of a million he discusses the prospects for protecting wildlife from the government budget cuts being discussed this summer. Read less

  • Episode 10 : Volunteering Special
    24 June 2010 File Size: 5.04 Mb

    Volunteers play a key role in the work of the RSPB. Read more...

    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 headquarters at Sandy in Bedfordshire and finds out how to get involved. Plus this month's Great Moment with Nature is from the grasslands of Iowa Read less

  • Episode 9 : Springwatch 2010
    20 May 2010 File Size: 5.94 Mb

    BBC Springwatch is back at the end of this month and in this edition of Nature's Voice Tim Scoones, the show's executive producer, looks forward to taking the cameras to his native Dorset and remembers boyhood visits to the RSPB's Arne reserve. Read more...

    BBC Springwatch is back at the end of this month and in this edition of Nature's Voice Tim Scoones, the show's executive producer, looks forward to taking the cameras to his native Dorset and remembers boyhood visits to the RSPB's Arne reserve. The place had a profound effect on him as a child and we track down Arne's former warden who was to influence Tim's choice of career. Also - Richard Bashford tells us how to get involved with this year's Make Your Nature Count and there's a startling appearance of the only venomous snake in the UK Read less

  • Episode 8 : Nesting kestrels and polystyrene ospreys..
    22 April 2010 File Size: 5.84 Mb

    Kestrels nesting at Aston University will be educating staff, students  and visitors at the RSPB's date with nature events in and around Birmingham  this summer. Read more...

    Kestrels nesting at Aston University will be educating staff, students  and visitors at the RSPB's date with nature events in and around Birmingham  this summer. Jane Markham finds out how you can watch the birds live online. You can also find out why RSPB staff are building nests for ospreys in Dorset and putting polystyrene dummies in them. This month's Great Moment with Nature is on the trail of one of the UK's most threatened mammals. Plus there's an unplanned appearance of a cuckoo...it must be spring at last!  Read less

  • Episode 7 : Election Special
    30 March 2010 File Size: 5.71 Mb

    In the run up to the general election Kate Humble and 24 young people from RSPB Phoenix went to Westminster to put questions to MPs. Read more...

    In the run up to the general election Kate Humble and 24 young people from RSPB Phoenix went to Westminster to put questions to MPs. On this edition of Nature's Voice we hear how they got on. Jane Markham talks to Judith Howell, the RSPB's head of government affairs about her role in focusing the minds of MPs, and aspiring MPs, on environmental issues at the this important time. Plus the results of this year's Big Garden Birdwatch are released. Read less

  • Episode 6 : Birds of Prey Special
    18 February 2010 File Size: 6.82 Mb

    This month DEFRA Wildlife Minister Huw Irranca-Davies waspresented with the RSPB's best supported petition ever - more than200,000 people signed the pledge demanding an end to the killing ofbirds of prey. Read more...

    This month DEFRA Wildlife Minister Huw Irranca-Davies waspresented with the RSPB's best supported petition ever - more than200,000 people signed the pledge demanding an end to the killing ofbirds of prey.  In this edition of Nature's Voice we report from theHouses of Parliament and hear from the minister, supporters andorganisations who put their names to the pledge.  Plus Jane Markhamtalks to RSPB species officer Jeff Knot celebrating the success of somespecies like the Red Kite and updating us on how threatened species likethe Hen Harrier are doing. Read less

  • Episode 5 : Little Schools join the Big Garden Birdwatch
    21 January 2010 File Size: 5.58 Mb

    How will the hard winter affect the birds in our gardens? Read more...

    How will the hard winter affect the birds in our gardens? Jane Markham talks to RSPB scientist Dr Mark Eaton who will be analysing the figures from this year's Big Garden Birdwatch when they come in after the count on the 30th and 31st of january. Plus what will the children at Woodentops pre school be doing as they join the first ever Little Schools Birdwatch. And Countryfile presenter John Craven shares a great moment with nature.  Read less

2009

  • Episode 4 : Bill Bailey and a Letter to the Future
    17 December 2009 File Size: 6.84 Mb

    Comedian Bill Bailey talks about his passion for nature and his new birdwatching television show - with a competitive edge. Read more...

    Comedian Bill Bailey talks about his passion for nature and his new birdwatching television show - with a competitive edge. We look at the RSPB's Letter to the Future campaign which seeks political backing to save and protect the environment so that our grandchildren will be able to share their world with sparrows and polar bears, eagles and tigers. There's information about how you can add your signature to it.  Plus this month's great moment with nature takes place in a back garden with a festive covering of snow...but it's not robins or reindeer that the RSPB's Ciaran Nelson is celebrating! Read less

  • Episode 3 : Climate Change - The Wave
    18 November 2009 File Size: 5.86 Mb

    Thousands of people will be marching in London, Glasgow and Belfast on December 5th ahead of crunch global climate change negotiations in Copenhagen. Read more...

    Thousands of people will be marching in London, Glasgow and Belfast on December 5th ahead of crunch global climate change negotiations in Copenhagen. At the summit, world leaders must deliver a fair, ambitious and binding agreement to cut climate pollution and stop climate change reaching dangerous levels.Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Mairi Dupar about why the RSPB is encouraging people to sign up for the largest demonstration on climate change the UK has ever seen.www.rspb.org.uk/thewave Read less

  • Episode 2 : Feed the Birds and at sea with killer whales
    22 October 2009 File Size: 6.97 Mb

    As winter approaches it becomes even more important to provide food for the birds in our gardens. Read more...

    As winter approaches it becomes even more important to provide food for the birds in our gardens.  In this episode of Nature's Voice Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Heather Mitchell about this year's Feed the Birds Day and out in the garden Richard Bashford suggests the five top things we can be doing at this time of year to help our wildlife. Plus BBC Autumnwatch cameraman Gordon Buchanan recounts his great moment with nature - a close encounterwith killer whales. Read less

  • Episode 1 : Saving special places
    23 September 2009 File Size: 7.39 Mb

    The Severn and the Tana are two of the world's great rivers. Read more...

    The Severn and the Tana are two of the world's great rivers. This episode of Nature's Voice looks at the RSPB's work to save special places like these. We visit the Tana Delta on the coast of Kenya which is teeming with wildlife and is home to farmers and fishermen who have been making their living there in the same way for generations. But the delta's habitat is under threat from proposals for industrial scale sugar cane farms to provide food and biofuel. Nearer to home Jane Markham talks to the RSPB's Andre Farrar about the threat to the Severn Estuary. There's more information on the new saving special places pages of the RSPB website.  Read less

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