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BBC Countryfile Magazine
Explore the British countryside and delve into the big rural issues with the team at BBC Countryfile Magazine. Follow us on walks into beautiful places and meet fascinating people. Please subscribe! To find out more about the British countryside, visit www.countryfile.comSubscribe to the print version of BBC Countryfile Magazine at
May 11, 2021
100. A wander along the Dorset coast in search of adders and spring migrants
Join naturalist, writer and angler Kevin Parr as he explores the little-known coastal scrublands near Chesil Beach in Dorset to encounter Britain's only venomous snake, the rare and beautiful adder. Along the way, he meets many other wildlife inhabitants of this lost world. Later, Kevin joins the podcast team to talk about the adventure and share more of his stories. We would also like to invite you to take part in a very short survey about your podcast listening habits. Everyone completing the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win one of seven £100 Voucher Express Gift Card. Terms and conditions are available in the survey link.
May 7, 2021
Sound Escape 12: lesser spotted woodpeckers and spring songbirds in a Celtic rainforest
Welcome to BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes – your chance to enjoy a delightful few minutes of spring wildlife no matter how busy you are. In this episode, we're sitting in an oak woodland mid April, listening to the songs of many species but the star performance is the drumming of the lesser spotted woodpecker. The location is the RSPB's Ynys Hir reserve near Machynlleth in mid Wales, famed for its Celtic rainforest. Recorded by Fergus Collins and presented by Hannah Tribe.
May 4, 2021
99. A spring adventure in a wildlife paradise – and the quest for a legendary woodpecker
Explore a fabulous spring day among the atmospheric woods, meadows and salt marshes of RSPB Ynys Hir on the Dyfi Estuary in mid Wales. Containing a magnificent example of Celtic rainforest, Ynys is home to a fabulous arrays of birds, insects, wildflowers and reptiles. Fergus Collins met manager David Anning for a magical day, culminating in a mystery wildlife encounter deep in the woods.
April 30, 2021
Sound Escape 11: the glorious song of nightingales from a Dorset wood
Welcome to Sound Escapes from BBC Countryfile Magazine – your chance for a relaxing escape into nature no matter how busy you are. In this episode, it's evening at Alners Gorse, a nature reserve in Dorset run by Butterfly Conservation. As the dew falls, the extraordinary song of nightingales rises from the thickets. Recorded by Martin Maudsley and presented by Hannah Tribe
April 27, 2021
98. Spring on a Cotswolds farm with Countryfile's Adam Henson
In the second episode of our Spring Across Britain series, we meet Countryfile's farmer Adam Henson. Adam farms in the Cotswolds and he reveals the extraordinary burgeoning of life on the farm – from serenading skylarks to bleating newborn lambs. Plus, we discuss the role of farmers in creating a sustainable and accessible countryside. Adam's new book, A Year on Adam's Farm is out now. Plus, enjoy listeners' sounds of the week in our Podcast postbag and a beautiful poem by John Clare.
April 23, 2021
Sound Escape 10: the soft crooning of nesting geese on the Dyfi Estuary
Welcome to Sound Escapes from BBC Countryfile Magazine – your chance to sit back and relax to the sounds of nature wherever you are and whatever you are doing. In this episode, we're sitting on a wooded promontory above the Dyfi Estuary in the RSPB's magical Ynys Hir reserve. It's early April, there's a chill in the air but the wind has dropped allowing the gentle murmuring of Canada geese to rise over the salt marshes. In the distance, the Tarren mountains of southern Snowdonia glow in the sun.
April 20, 2021
97. A quest for curlews in Somerset's meadows – and a magical talk with singer David Gray
In the first of the new season: Spring Across Britain we meet with RSPB expert Damon Bridge and author and curlew champion Mary Colwell. Listen on as they explore spring wildlife in the fabulous RSPB reserve of Swell Wood and West Sedgemoor – in the hope of hearing the enigmatic curlew on the eve of World Curlew Day. Later, we meet singer-songwriter and nature champion David Gray. David talks about his own curlew experiences and how wild places have influenced his new album Skellig – of which you can hear the title track in this podcast. Annabel Ross is your host.
April 16, 2021
Sound Escape 9: peregrines calling from crags in the Brecon Beacons
Welcome to Sound Escapes from BBC Countryfile Magazine – your chance for a relaxing escape into nature no matter how busy you are. In this episode, it's late afternoon in early April 2021 and we're at a rocky escarpment in the southern Brecon Beacons. It's a clear sunny day and a pair of peregrine falcons are prospecting for a nest site on the crags of old quarried cliff faces. Their cries and calls can be heard above the early evening chorus of robins, blackbirds and sheep. Presented by Hannah Tribe and recorded by Fergus Collins.
April 13, 2021
Spring across Britain – a new season of delightful podcasts from BBC Countryfile Magazine
Welcome to season 9 of the BBC Countryfile Magazine Podcast. Your chance for a weekly escape into the wild and beautiful countryside. Season 9 is our most ambitious project yet – capturing Spring Across Britain as it unfurls in 12 different wild landscapes. From mountain to heath and coast to meadow, we’ll be sharing the joys of the new season with you and encountering some wonderful wildlife and marvellous people along the way. In this trailer, the podcast team get excited about the upcoming episodes and special guests.
April 9, 2021
Sound Escape 8: the soothing rush of the incoming tide on a Gower beach
Welcome to BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes – your chance to relax into nature for a few precious moments. In this episode, it's late afternoon and we've arrived at a small cove on the South Gower coast to hear waves rising and falling on an empty beach. Recorded and presented by Hannah Tribe