Michael Copleston, site manager, Beckingham Marshes

Hear our stories

We're have a recorded a series of podcast-style stories to capture the voices of real people who have seen and worked on the changing landscape at Beckingham Marshes.

A taste of our reserves

The audio files cover a range of stories from the marshes including the changing landscape, wildlife and birdsong, and tales from the river. Along the way, the reserve's team will be talking to local characters for snippets of history from the marshes.

Each sound bite is only three or so minutes long for you to get a brief taster from the reserve.

Fluffy lapwing chick

The beginning of Beckingham Marshes

Willow works and roadside verge wildflowers, Beckingham Marshes RSPB reserve

Have a listen to the very first BBC radio interview celebrating the start of the new Beckingham Marshes project. The story picks up a live on-the-ground interview with former Site Manager Michael Copleston and meets the team of diggers that have helped to transform the reserve from an old arable field into a wet grassland reserve. Listen out for the 40-tonne excavator driven by Steve, rumbling along in the background!

File: MP3, 3.3Mb
Date: 16 November 2012


Interpretation sign, Beckingham Marshes RSPB reserve

This podcast looks at the various energy sources in and around the reserve. Michael Copleston, the former RSPB site manager, talks about the renewable energy features that sustain the reserve. It also features Karl Fisher from IGAS Energy talking about the onshore oil extraction at Beckingham Marshes.

File: MP3, 12.6Mb
Date: 21 June 2013


Flooded fields, Beckingham Marshes RSPB reserve, Nottinghamshire

Listen to the BBC Radio Nottingham broadcast with reserve manager and Lincoln University students in the studio talking about the new podcasts recorded from the local community at Beckingham. There is plenty of fun with snippets of bird and cow impressions recorded when warden, Paul Bennett visited Beckingham Primary School.

File: MP3, 6.3Mb.
Date: 28 June 2013