The Plodcast

The Plodcast

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BBC Countryfile Magazine brings you The Plodcast - a weekly escape to the British countryside with fascinating guests and the wonders of the great outdoors.

Enjoy a new escape into the countryside every Tuesday and wind down with our Sound Escapes on a Friday.

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Episodes

Sound Escape 84: a mellow moment beside a sleepy Somerset canal

It's a lazy September afternoon on a Somerset canal. You've found an enchanted place to rest beside a bridge – where a robin's wistful song sweetens the stillness. Even the dragonflies are dawdling. Clouds puff in the blue sky, perfectly reflected in the water and the last of summer's house martins are hawking for small insects high above. Nearby, a pair of anglers are catching small fish.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded and presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Hannah Tribe.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year 2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/09/226m 19s

165. Wandering among wildflowers with botanist Leif Bersweden

Welcome to a new season of mindful escapes into the green outdoors in search of wildlife and wild people. As well as heading out into beautiful landscapes as autumn stretches into winter, we’ll be enjoying some episodes that the team and I recorded over the spring and summer – so expect some soothing escapism at this dark time of the year.Our first episode is one such adventure. Plodcast regular Annabel Ross heads to a fabulous meadow in Oxfordshire with a remarkable young botanist Leif Bersweden to meet some of the wildflowers and talk about the importance of allowing more nature into our lives. Listen on for an absolute treat. Image by Trevor Ray Hart.Leif's new book is called Where the wildflowers grow: my botanical journey through Britain and Ireland – Hodder and StoughtonContact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/09/221h 0m

Sound Escape 83: relax to enchanting robin song beside a Welsh stream

Deep in a wooded cwm in Powys, there’s a spot down by the brook, half in the trees, half out, where the sunlight falls in ribbons onto the water. You go to it and settle on the pebble bank. Somewhere above, hidden among the broken canopy that staggers up the steep valley, a robin reels out its morning song.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Daniel Graham, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Graham.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year 2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/09/228m 24s

We preview season 14 – mindful rambles in nature

Season 14 of the Plodcast is all about mindful explorations of wild places – so you can get close to nature and feel like you're walking in wild places, even if you're stuck at work or on the commute. Come with us to the wild islands of Seil, Tiree and Anglesey as well as the New Forest and the Welsh Borders. Plus we have special guests including Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Leif Bersweden as well as music from The Unthanks and the Proclaimers. So join the Plodcast team of Fergus, Jack and Hannah for a brief preview of the wonders to come. Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comThe Plodcast is the nature and countryside podcast from BBC Countryfile MagazineVisit the BBC Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/09/225m 38s

Sound Escape 82: soothing sounds of waves and seabirds in Anglesey

It's early morning in a secretive bay on northern Anglesey. You're walking on a shingle bank that separates a serene, reed-fringed lagoon from the restless rising tide. The pipes and skirls of oystercatchers, redshanks and curlews rise over the wash of the waves but above them all, the sulphurous scents of beached seaweed.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Kevin Parr, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year 2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/09/226m 38s

164. How a gin maker has created a wildlife haven

We return to gin makers Warners in the Northamptonshire countryside to roam the gardens and grounds with conservation and sustainability officer Johnny Easter. Planting a huge variety of herbs, aromatics and fruits has the knock-on effect of attracting extraordinary numbers of insects and other life – so enjoy this magical safari and learn about how gins are flavoured using natural ingredients.Later, join the Plodcast team in the studio where they test a special bottle of Plodcast host Fergus's home-made wine – is it better than cheap shop-bought red? Listen on for a very entertaining discussion.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/09/221h 4m

Sound Escape 81: the chilling night-time lullaby of the nightjar

It's a sultry summer's night on a lowland heath in southern England. A warm waft of heather and the gentle chirrup of a cricket break the stillness. And then, as the moon rises, the mechanical churr of a nightjar.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Kevin Parr, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year 2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/09/225m 28s

163. Discover the secrets for making great gin

Head deep into the Northamptonshire countryside to visit the Warners Gin distillery near Rothwell, Northamptonshire. Warner’s Gin was set up by Tom and Tina Warner on their family farm in 2012 with an emphasis on natural, locally grown ingredients. Since then, things have taken off – especially the transformation of much of the farm for nature. Hear Tom’s fascinating insights into why "booze made humanity" and explore the history and lore around gin.Later we meet Rachel Sutherland, who has the enviable job of tasting the gins for quality – and for devising new flavours.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/09/2258m 27s

Sound Escape 80: the curious and creepy calls of pipistrelle bats

You're in Dorset and it's dusk beside a lily-strewn tench pool. The light fades, moths begin to flutter and the martins and swallows cede the sky to the dance of pipistrelle baits. These are the curious calls of these nocturnal flyers as picked up on angler Kevin Parr's bat detector. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Kevin Parr, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year 2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/09/224m 32s

162. Sample the wildlife and wine in an organic vineyard in Kent

Head to the garden of England – the country of Kent – to visit family run Terlingham vineyard. Jackie Wilkes only moved to the UK from South Africa in 2007 but since then she and her family have converted the land to grow vines and they farm without herbicies and pesticides. This is their story of their journey and why they farm in harmony with nature. Recorded in June 2022.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/08/2243m 58s

Sound Escape 79: take time to appreciate the crackle of a camp fire

It's a warm summer's evening and after a tiring day you relax by the crackling campfire. The damp wood from the previous day's storm sizzles from the heat and the popping of twigs fills the peaceful space. You look up at the bat fluttering around plucking insects from the air. With a warm drink in hand you stop and reflect.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Jack Bateman, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year 2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/08/225m 26s

161. Can cattle save the planet?

Film-maker Peter Byck (left) reveals how cattle can be farmed to enhance the soil and biodiversity – and offer solutions to climate change. Annabel Ross interviewed him at a special screening of his films Roots So Deep at The Lost Gardens of Heligan with environmentalist Tim Smit. Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/08/221h 2m

Sound Escape 78: the satisfying patter of rain on a tent – while you're snug inside

The two-day spell of rain is reaching its conclusion. You've settled in your tent for the night listening to the final drops of rain bounce off the top of the canvas. The gentle rumble of late-night traffic accompanies the flourishes of water falling from the trees, drumming onto the fabric above you. All is quiet.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Jack Bateman, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year 2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/08/226m 24s

160. Join a wild bee rescue mission near the New Forest

In this extraordinary episode, we head to the edge of the New Forest to meet Debs 'Totty' Cruttenden – a self taught beekeeper who rescues wild swarms of honeybees. She’s a quite magical person and her deep knowledge of the lives and behaviour of honeybees. We begin in the garden of neighbour who has spotted a swarm in a conifer tree. Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/08/2255m 28s

Sound Escape 77: the gentle rustle of summer wind through a cornfield

High above the summertime bustle of Pembrokeshire’s south coast, the lanes are quiet. No people here, just wind and hedge and crops for miles. It’s now noon, and after several hours of walking you look for a place to rest a while. A corn field beside a reef of yellow and white chamomile catches your eye. Here you sit, the corn stems crowding around you, their leaves rustling against themselves.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Daniel Graham, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year 2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/08/227m 32s

159. An inspiring walk and talk with Wilfred Emmanuel Jones aka The Black Farmer

Wilfred Emmanuel Jones shares his gripping story of his life's journey – from arriving from Jamaica and living in inner city Birmingham to owning a farm on the Devon-Cornwall border. His brand – The Black Farmer – has been a huge success and now he wants to encourage other children from ethnic minority or deprived backgrounds into finding careers in the countryside: The New Face of Farming. Listen on for more understanding of town vs country attitudes, race in the countryside and the two things you need to make a success in business.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/08/221h 2m

Sound Escape 76: relax to the lullaby of a Welsh river

It's a welcome cool, overcast day by the River Usk – there is rain in the air. The water is clear and bubbling through a small set of rapids in a gently calming series of swirls and eddies. A dipper flies upstream low over the water. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Fergus Collins, presented by Hannah TribeContact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year 2022 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/08/2210m 34s

158. A summer's day in a Somerset cider orchard

Head to the sleepy hamlet of Shepton Montague in Somerset to meet Oliver Dowding – dairy-farmer-turned-cider-maestro. Discover the magic of apple trees and their different characters and learn the lore of Somerset cider making. Plus, Oliver reveals a novel – and natural – method of rodent control. Annabel Ross is your host.Later the Plodcast team discuss cider vs beer, taste a Dowdings tipple and hear a rare Sound of the Week. Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/08/2259m 1s

Sound Escape 75: relish the atmosphere of an ancient sunken lane

It’s summer, yet the bruised skies and pulsing winds don’t seem to know it. As if blown over by the squalls; a farm gate clunks. After walking the fields, you drop into a deep sunken lane and a version of quiet hits you, the wind no longer on your skin, in your ears. You sit on the grassy, furrowed lane and take breath. Around you now are tall hedgerows of hawthorn and blackberry. A wren sings from a tree above. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Daniel Graham. Image from Getty.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/07/226m 14s

157. Wander among butterflies and birdsong on a wildlife-friendly farm

Is it possible to farm profitably and have abundant wildlife on your land? George and Elaine Morris take us on a tour of their mixed farm in Buckinghamshire where they raise cattle, Wiltshire horned sheep as well as oats and barley but where over 10 per cent of the land is devoted to wildflowers, insects, birds and other creatures. Due to a deal with Jordans Cereals, the Morris's are, essentially, paid to farm wildlife, too.Does it work? Listen on for a magical insight into how our farmland should look – and sound!The Jordans Farm Partnership (JFP) represents a coming together of specialists to create a holistic model for long term farm sustainability. Within the partnership, the Wildlife Trusts help create bespoke farm wildlife plans & consumer understanding and LEAF bring a whole-farm sustainability approach, supporting the integration of business planning and delivery of environmental benefits with farmers.Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: editor@countryfile.comVisit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.comPPA Podcast of the Year! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/07/221h 5m

Sound Escape 74: by memerised by waves lapping a sandy beach on a holy island

Boarding a small passenger ferry at Tenby, you set sail for Caldey Island through a swell that rocks the boat like a toy in the bath. Before long, you reach the holy island. A 1,000-year-old Catholic monastery sits hidden within its wooded heart, but your first instinct is to walk the beach that stretches east from the tiny harbour wall. The sand is soft, warmed by the summer sun, and the breeze gentle. You find a spot to sit, down by the waves.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Daniel Graham. Image from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/07/226m 6s

156. Enjoy a dreamy summer's day at the Cerne Abbas Brewery in Dorset

It's a glorious summer's day in Dorset and Plodcast regular Kevin Parr heads to the village of Cerne Abbas to visit the local brewery. Meet Vic, Jodie and Matt who run the brewery hear their wonderful tales. Kevin also meets local farmer Will who grows barley for the brewing process and shares his deep love of the wildlife that thrives on his farm.Later, Kevin joins the Plodcast team in the studio to discuss beer, Dorset eagles, Chesney Hawkes and what's the best food to pack for a country walk. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/07/2258m 18s

Sound Escape 73: be soothed by a breeze through the canopy of an ancient oak tree

You're climbing an oak tree and its rough, weathered branches reach down like the arms of an aiding grandfather to pull you up. The coarse, lichen-dusted bark coats your hands, your nostrils fill with the subtle scent of decay and before you know it you’ve emerged through the dark-leaved canopy to a scene of wind and light. Carmarthenshire’s pastoral hills fold out to the west. Cattle on the move. A dog barks. A wren sings. And all the while the wind whips through. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Daniel Graham, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/07/226m 12s

155. One man's plan to revolutionise fish and vegetable farming in Britain

Could hydroponics be the future of farming? Ex-chef Antonio Paladino welcomes Annabel Ross onto Bioaqua Farm, his smallholding in the Somerset Levels, where he farms trout and vegetables within a mutually supportive system that has very few costs, produces no pollution and creates delicious nutritious food. Is this a blueprint for more sustainable farming or an unattainable dream? Listen on for a fascinating adventure into food.Plus, the Annabel joins the Plodcast team to reveals some secrets from the day at Bioaqua Farm and the team discuss the big issue of: what's the best food to pack for a country walk. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/07/2258m 53s

Sound Escape 72: relax on the shore of the Hebridean island of Eigg

You hear the waves on Eigg’s rocky shores, a distant breeze, perhaps. But lazing silently on one of the tiny island’s floating in the tiny harbour there a seals; two eiders rise and fall on the turquoise swell, so loyal to one another it’s as if they’re tethered by an invisible thread. A cloud drifts by; a fishing boat nods. All is silent, save the lapping waves that meet the rocks.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.Recorded by Daniel Graham. Presented by Hannah Tribe. Produced by Jack Bateman Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/07/227m 32s

154. Exploring a marvellous wildlife haven on Dartmoor and discussing the marvels of soil

Explore a magical wildlife haven tucked in a fold on the edge of Dartmoor. Meet Tony Bayliss of the Langaford Farm Charitable Trust who manages the site; soil scientist Tim Harrod (pictured) and Hannah Bowley of the British Society of Soils Science – and hear how the more we understand about soil, the better we can plan farming to be both profitable and sensitive to wildlife.Plus we hunt for the magical marsh fritillary butterfly and wander through meadows of stunning orchids.Back in the studio, the team celebrate their recent PPA Podcast of the Year award by testing English sparkling wine and French champagne. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/07/2259m 59s

Sound Escape 71: the soothing sounds of a canoe paddling up a river

You're in a canoe, paddling slowly upstream against a gentle current. The sounds of the oars dipping and sweeping is mesmeric – while birds sing from the tangles of scrub, willow and reeds that flank the waterway. Recorded by Annabel Ross, presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/07/226m 22s

153. A perfect taste of the countryside at the British Pie Awards

Every year, the British Pie Awards judges meet for one day in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire to taste hundreds of pies in order to crown a supreme pie champion. The Plodcast's Maria Hodson was invited to be a judge in 2022 and in this episode she meets the judges, tastes the pies and discovers the long and rather marvellous history of what has now become a staple of British cuisine. The Plodcast is the PPA Podcast of the Year. As ever, you can contact the Plodcast team at editor@countryfile.com with your thoughts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/06/2242m 50s

Sound Escape 70: listen to the thrilling rumble of a storm rising over Dorset

Enjoy an audio escape into the British countryside, wherever you are. It's a summer evening in a Dorset coomb near the coast. The shadows are long but the dusky sun will be short-lived as clouds threaten. For several days the earth has baked and leaves have sagged. But behind the plume of heat is a wall of electricity – a mighty storm. Building over the English Channel to the south, a distant rumble and faint patter builds into tempest.Recorded by Kevin Parr. Image from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/06/2210m 24s

152. Explore a traditional Devon dairy farm and home of award-winning cheddar cheese

Smell the hay, meets the cows and hear the skylarks on Quicke's farm in Devon where they produce award-winning cheddar cheese using traditional methods. Tanya Jackson meets farmer and cheesemaker Mary Quicke and discovers that some of the secrets to producing great-tasting cheese lie in the way Mary works with nature and her landscape. Image from Getty.Later in the Plodcast, the team test whether Devon's method of eating scones (cream first then jam) is superior to that of Cornwall (where the jam goes on first). And we hear from folk singer Original Spruce who has written a song celebrating the wild wonders of Martin Down and we include some of this sweet song in the Plodcast. To listen to the whole song and see the video of Martin Down, visit You Tube.As ever, you can contact the Plodcast team on editor@countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/06/221h 2m

Sound Escape 69: the magical trinity of pied flycatcher, restart and wood warbler in a Welsh oak wood

Wandering deep into the oak wood, you find yourself serenaded by a magical trinity of birds. First a wood warbler, then a redstart and finally a pied flycatcher. All three have migrated here from Africa for a brief season of courtship and nesting among the ancient trees. Recorded by Fergus Collins, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/06/2215m 46s

151. Enjoy a marvellous adventure foraging and fishing in the far north of Scotland

The Plodcast team head to Assynt in Sutherland in the far north of Scotland to fish for brown trout on remote lochs and forage for edible treats on wild beaches. To a backdrop of cuckoos and black-throated divers, Plodcast host Fergus Collins tries his hand at flyfishing and, with friends, enjoys a feast of wild trout before a few less palatable food samples from the nearby coast.Back in the studio, the Plodcast team sample a Scottish legendary food – and we hear a wonderful Sound of the Week. Image from Gavin Meredith Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/06/2254m 27s

Sound Escape 68: be enchanted by the evocative chatter of a huge seabird colony

Be transported to the wild cliffs of Handa, off the coast of Sutherland, and the swirling whirling city of seabirds. It's the beginning of the breeding season and guillemots, razorbills and fulmars jostle for the best spots to nest while puffins makes themselves at home in borrows at the top of the sea stacks. The noise is constant as birds constantly commute between cliffs and the wider ocean to feed.Recorded by Fergus Collins, introduced by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/06/227m 44s

Preview of season 13: A taste of the countryside

Introducing a new season of plodcasts exploring food and farming across the countryside. We'll be foraging in northern Scotland, meeting farmers who work alongside nature to produce fabulous cheese, honey, wine and wheat. We'll be learning about the importance of soil, learning how gin is made and even discovering the winner of the Great British Pie awards. The team will also be sharing their own grow-your-own experiences throughout the season…The Plodcast is hosted by Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/06/2220m 34s

Sound Escape 67: a tree pipit singing exultantly in Wentwood Forest

Mid May in Wales largest ancient woodland – Wentwood in Gwent – and the birds are singing in the morning sunshine. Enjoy the excitable song flight of the male tree pipit as he flies from his perch at the top of a tree high into the air before circling down like a paper aeroplane, singing all the while. Recorded by Fergus Collins, presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/06/226m 28s

150. Canoeing with beavers at dawn on the River Avon near Bath

Beavers are being spotted more frequently in the wild in Britain. In this adventure, Annabel Ross joins beaver expert Bevis Watts at dawn on the River Avon near Bath in north-east Somerset to paddle a canoe in search of a small population of beavers that have mysteriously appeared on the river. Enjoy fabulous birdsong and curious encounters.Bevis is also CEO of Triodos Bank UK and has written a book River Journey about his adventures with beavers on the river.Image from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/05/2254m 41s

Sound Escape 66: sit down on the shore in Arisaig and be soothed by waves and oystercatchers

Be charmed and relaxed by a few minutes on a blissful shore in Arisaig, Scotland. The road to the Isles squeezes between Lochaber’s high mountains like a burn in spate, bending this way and that past stone byres and pine woods and tortuous lochs. It’s not long before the road delivers its promise. Islands. Eigg and Rum, and the hazy, elevated profile of Skye. Yet despite the drama of the horizon, it’s the peace and humility of the foreshore that tempts the senses. The lapping waves, the piping oystercatchers, and the scent of crushed bladderwrack and seashells, and driftwood drying in the sun.Recorded by Daniel Graham and presented by Hannah Tribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/05/225m 58s

149. How the River Severn is being unlocked to allow fish to migrate once more

Once upon a time, millions of fish would migrate up the River Severn to spawning grounds – including the beautiful twaite shad or mayfish. But weirs built for navigation meant that fish routes were blocked and fish numbers have declined drastically. Now the Unlocking the Severn project has built fish passes around the biggest obstacles. Jenny Hermolle and her team reveal how things are already improving for the river and its fish – plus, we get to explore the astonishing window into the fishes' world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/05/2250m 58s

Sound escape 65: be enchanted by the little-known song of the garden warbler

As the scrubby hillside hawthorns burst into burst into bloom, the musky vanilla perfume of the white mayflowers encourages a male garden warbler into his fluted song. This little-known migrant's song is often overlooked (or overlistened) so take this chance to get to know a charming, if rather frenetic, spring song.Recorded by Fergus Collins, presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/05/227m 13s

148. Stunning spring nature in the New Forest with Dominic Couzens

Enjoy a delightful wander around one of the naturally richest corners of the New Forest in early spring with naturalist and writer Dominic Couzens. Discover how to identify common birdsongs with Dominic's clever and very simple guides – and enjoy a couple of encounters with birds of prey that surprise Dominic himself.Dominic also talks about his latest book with Gail Ashton: Identification Guide to Garden Insects of Britain and North-West Europe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/05/2259m 53s

Sound Escape 64: the spine-tingling songs of wood warblers

A still morning on the hill, the strange aniseed scent of cow parsley rises as the lane to the woods is warmed by the sun. Among the ancient, twisted oaks, the wood warblers have arrived, the male's song dripping from the canopy like molten silver and offering competition to a resident song thrush. A redstart chortles in the background. Recorded by Fergus Collins, presented by Hannah Tribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/05/229m 4s

147. A sensational evening among nightingales in a Sussex woodland - with singer Sam Lee

Wrap up warm, wear your softest clothes and step out into the night with folk singer Sam Lee and violinist Anna Phoebe to listen to nightingales singing in a Sussex woodland. Sam and Anna Phoebe sing and play while the birds respond with bursts of incredible natural music. A spellbinding experience.Presented by Tanya Jackson with Maria Hodson. Photo by Maria HodsonFind out more with Sam's superb book on Nightingales Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/05/221h 7m

Sound Escape 63: enjoy a cuckoo chorus in a Dorset vale

A damp and dank May morning. Mild and mizzled. A robin feeds its young while the song of blackbird, song thrush and chiffchaff fills the air. There is a gentle buzz of insects, the chatter of house sparrows and goldfinches. While from the faint mist of the valley comes the unmistakable call of a cuckoo.Recorded by Kevin Parr and presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/05/226m 18s

146. Harriers and hares on Wiltshire downland – with naturalists Chris Yates and Kevin Parr

On the cusp between winter and spring, Plodcast regular Kevin Parr meets his friend and legendary angler-naturalist Chris Yates to explore a little visited but wild corner of the Wiltshire and Dorset downs. Here, at Chris's favourite spot, they attempt to find one of Britain's most beautiful and controversial birds of prey: the hen harrier.Plus unmissable discussions about tea, harrier poetry, adders and warbler song. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/05/221h 6m

Sound Escape 62: sunrise in a riverside woodland – with a heron colony

It’s an hour after dawn when the sun finally rises above the head of the valley. There’s an eagerness to the light, keen to get going after its slow start, and within moments the entire valley – the trees, the river and the banks of snow-white blackthorn – is a cauldron of light and life. Birdsong bubbles from the woods, the conversation of herons and their newly hatched young staccato from the melodious tones of wrens, great tits, and blackbirds.Recorded by Daniel Graham and presented by Hannah Tribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/04/228m 22s

145. Celebrate the magic of early spring in a hidden valley in Wales

In the first of a new season of Plodcasts celebrating audibly beautiful landscapes – the songs of Wild Britain, Plodcast host Fergus takes us into a little visited valley near his home in the Brecon Beacons to explore oak woods and meadows off the beaten track – and meet spring birds in full voice. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/04/2257m 43s

Sound Escape 61: be delighted by birdsong in a Brecon Beacons' oakwood

An inviting path winds through an oak woodland high on the slopes of a hill in the Brecon Beacons. As morning sun slants into the valley below, a host of birds sing lustily and seem to stir the ancient trees into life. Chiffchaffs, great tits, coal tits, goldcrests, song thrushes, blackcaps, robins, chaffinches, redstarts and even a green woodpecker provide the chorus. At the bottom of a valley, a stream sings its soft backing vocals. Recorded by Fergus Collins, presented by Hannah Tribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/04/228m 29s

We preview Season 12: the wild sounds of Britain

The Plodcast team introduce Season 12 of the Plodcast: The Wild Sounds of Britain. This is an opportunity to capture audibly beautiful landscapes, gorgeous birdsong and the wise words of nature lovers as explore glorious countryside in spring and summer. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/04/2216m 13s

SE60: Enjoy an extended recording of the dawn chorus from a Wiltshire village

Deep in a Wiltshire vale, the comforting tang of woodsmoke hangs over a slumbering village. It's 5am and still dark but a magical chorus of blackbirds, robins, dunnocks and great tits greets the coming dawn. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are.Recorded by Tanya Jackson, presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/04/2239m 16s

144. Creating natural flood defences in Dartmoor with the Environment Agency

How natural flood defences can prevent flooding and increase biodiversity. Annabel Ross takes a walk with the Chair of the Environment Agency Emma Howard Boyd and Tom Dauben who is the Environment Agency’s lead for the natural flood management scheme. The Dartmoor Headwaters Natural Flood Management project aims to reduce flood risk to communities on and around Dartmoor using natural solutions. It is a partnership between the Environment Agency and Dartmoor National Park Authority, working in collaboration with many community, landowner groups and other partners. Annabel also explores the subject of river pollution in England and the Environment Agencies role in tackling it. Please do send comments and questions to editor@countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/04/2256m 45s

Sound Escape 59: the uplifting sounds of spring on the allotment

It's a sunny Sunday afternoon on the allotment with a cool, gentle breeze. You can hear the murmur of allotmenteers at work with a backdrop of birdsong and the occasional barking dog. As the smell of cut grass raises the spirits, you can hear that the new season has given everyone a spring in their steps. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are.Recorded by Jack Bateman, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/04/224m 41s

143. Tales from the riverbank part 2: we meet perch and talk pike and adders

In part two of our special angling adventure on the Rivers Isle and Parrett in Somerset, Kevin Parr and plodcast host Fergus continue their gentle meander along the water chatting about wildlife and occasionally catching a fish.Later, Kevin joins the plodcast team in the studio to talk pike, adders, otters and other wildlife joys of spring. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/04/2256m 30s

Sound Escape 58: the soothing lullaby of raindrops falling on a pond

It hadn’t rained for a week, but just as the garden was beginning to show its thirst, a single drop falls. Then two more. The sky releases a long, slow rumble then spills open like a long-held breath finally being freed. The sound of the rain is most satisfying down by the pond, somewhere to sit a while and enjoy the gentle patter of the year’s first spring shower. Recorded by Daniel Graham, presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/04/228m 14s

142. Tales from the riverbank part 1: a relaxing day's angling in Somerset

Angler and writer Kevin Parr leads a gentle day's angling on the River Isle. Plodcast host Fergus joins Kev to learn the art of coarse fishing in the peaceful surrounding of the Somerset Levels. Listen on for a marvellous day in very early spring with birdsong, fish and the voice of the river. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/03/2257m 3s

Sound Escape 57: relax to spring birdsong by a woodland pool deep in the New Forest

Where the heath meets the woods by a pool, deep in the New Forest, the warm spring sun stirs many birds into song. A marsh tit sings and then a stock dove repeats its prudish crooning to a backdrop of blue tits and robins. A Forest pony comes closer to investigate. Recorded by Fergus Collins and presented by Hannah TribeBBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/03/2210m 38s

141. Rewilding could transform the countryside for wildlife and people, says Rebecca Wrigley

Head for a wander around RSPB Otmoor in Oxfordshire in late winter with Rebecca Wrigley from Rewilding Britain argues the case for huge change across the countryside to provide space for nature and opportunities for local people. Annabel Ross is your host.Later the Plodcast team discuss how to rewild a city plus the power of the urban peregrine. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/03/2248m 14s

Sound Escape 56: relax to the sounds of waves on a hidden cove on Shetland

It's high tide on the northern coast of mainland Shetland – a bitterly icy day but the sun is out, puffins are on the water offshore and fulmars are scouting breeding sites on the nearby cliffs. In a small, seldom visited cove, the waves surge up and down the shore. Recorded by Megan Shersby and introduced by Hannah Tribe. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/03/228m 0s

140. Meet Alix Chiddley-Uttley on her magical family farm at lambing time

Alix Chiddley-Uttely helps run her family's 100-acre farm in the stunning Shropshire Hills. In this episode, she invites Plodcast host Fergus to meet her ewes and newborn lambs as well as a host of other colourful animal characters during the morning rounds of feeding and checking. She reveals how it's still possible to make a good living from a small family-run farming business and tells some wonderful stories about local legends. Plus, everything you need to know about sheep. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/03/2257m 31s

Sound Escape 55: soothing woodland birdsong and the chanting of herons

A day of rain has left the river running high and fast. The path on the bank is muddy. The air dank and cold. It could be deepest winter, if not for the riot of dusk birdsong spilling down from the trees beside the track. Gulls, blackbirds, wrens, great tits, and at one point a buzzard. There’s something about chatter of a heron – perched on his huge nest in the trees – that brings the greatest joy. Recorded by Daniel Graham and presented by Hannah Tribe. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/03/226m 53s

139. The magic of eBiking through the Forest of Dean

Why eBikes can make a huge difference to how you explore the countryside. Plodcast host Fergus enjoys a day's cycling in the Forest of Dean in the depths of winter with Tom Marvin from BikeRadar to talk about the joys of mountain biking and the magic of riding the woodland paths on an electric bicycle. Plus, later, the Plodcast team meet to discuss the day out, enjoy listeners' emails and the Sound of the Week. Image from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/03/221h 0m

Sound Escape 54: the soothing conversations of a flock of house sparrows

The happy, mesmerising chirping of a colony of house sparrows. As crocuses bloom in a small front garden, a dozen sparrows bubble with an incessant chatter full of infectious excitement – a sure sign that this little colony is turning its thoughts to the breeding season. Recorded by Fergus Collins. Introduced by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/03/229m 28s

138. How the people of Langholm took control of their local countryside

Meet Angela Williams and Jenny Barlow who are helping the people of Langholm in south west Scotland make the most of their purchase of 5,200 acres from the Duke of Buccleugh. Rob Yorke walked some of the moors and woodlands to talk about what plans the community has to provide renewable energy, local jobs, wildlife habitat and an attractive destination for tourists. Recorded in autumn 2021. Image by Rob Yorke. More on the Lanholm Initiative and the creation of the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/03/2255m 32s

Sound Escape 53: the soft trilling of greenfinches on the edge of an overgrown farm

Relax to the gentle trilling of a party of greenfinches. Walking an old footpath on the edge of a town, you stumble across a ruined farmhouse. Trees and scrub have invaded the farmyard creating a haven for birds including a group of 10 greenfinches. As the first warmth of spring stirs the air, the males chatter and wheeze their songs, while the females forage. These birds have undergone a decline in the UK in recent years so their once-familiar songs are harder to find on a country walk. Image from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/02/224m 34s

137. Wild moors and wild moods: how walking in nature can inspire stunning art

Enjoy a wild winter's walk around the town of Mossley in Greater Manchester where the surrounding moors, woods and crumbling industrial heritage inspire two local artists. Meet Liz Ackerley and her partner Hugh Winterbottom to hear how the ever-changing seasons and atmospheres influence their very different styles of work. You can see their work in an exhibition called: Landscape Inside Out, Gallery Oldham, Oldham, Greater Manchester from 5 March to 4 June. For more information, see their You Tube videos: Later, the Plodcast team talk about artistic inspiration, video games based on the British countryside and listen to a chilling Sound of the Week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/02/2259m 32s

Sound Escape 52: Make yourself comfortable and cosy beside an open fire

After a cold and wet day in the hills, you light a fire in the stove and make a welcome cup of tea. You settle into a favourite armchair to watch the dancing flames and relax to the crackle of the wood.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Image from Getty Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/02/229m 56s

136. A beautiful and relaxing walk on the Isle of Seil with poet Kenneth Steven

Poet and BBC Radio regular Kenneth Steven takes us on a gentle winter's walk through the lanes and fields of his home island of Seil in the Inner Hebrides. Enjoy meetings with kestrels, buzzards and robins, plus a special poem A Winter Light. Later join the Plodcast team for some Sounds of the Week and the latest from the Plodcast Postbag. Image of Seil from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/02/2235m 24s

Sound Escape 51: Relax to the soft chatter of starlings on a Wiltshire dairy farm

A horde of starlings descends on a dairy farm in the Vale of Pewsey to forage among the piles of gently steaming fodder and manure while cattle shelter inside the barns. The birds' voices create a waves of soft chatter to warm up this bitter winter's day while tractors come and go.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Recorded by Tanya Jackson and presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/02/226m 54s

135. Getting lost among hillforts and ravens on a winter's walk in Monmouthshire

Setting out to give voice to forgotten lowland landscapes of Monmouthshire overlooked by visitors, plodcast host Fergus instead get lost as the little-used footpaths have disappeared or been blocked. With ravens and skylarks for company, he finds that the countryside can sometimes be a frustrating place to explore on foot. Back in the studio, we meet Jack Cornish, Head of Paths for the Ramblers, to discuss what can be done when footpaths go missing… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/02/2255m 30s

Sound Escape 50: a gentle walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal in Wiltshire

It's a cold, clear day with frosted grass and glass. You're walking beside the very-full Kennet and Avon canal and water rushes noisily through a loch. But soon, this serene waterway leads you past moored boats and out into the wider Wiltshire countryside.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Recorded by Tanya Jackson and presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Tanya Jackson Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/02/226m 38s

134. Enjoy a walk with the boss of the Countryfile TV show: Jane Lomas

Take a wander in wooded coombe near Bristol with the Jane Lomas, series producer of the Countryfile TV show. The Sunday evening programme is one of the most important voices on countryside matters in the UK and Jane, talking to our own Annabel Ross, reveals some valuable insight into the ethos of the show and how it is put together. Photo by Oliver EdwardsDon't forget you can catch up on any recent episodes of Countryfile on iPlayer.We'd also like to thank Radio Lento for their help with the recording of muntjac deer in this podcast. Radio Lento a podcast of immersive everyday beautiful soundscapes with no music or talking to get in the way. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/02/2249m 47s

Sound Escape 49: soothing waves crashing on an empty beach in Devon

Be soothed by the gentle rise and fall of waves. On the north coast of Devon, where the high cliffs of Hartland plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, is the small village of Buck’s Mills. The road in is steep and winding, flanked with white-washed cottages and banks of deep-green ferns and bare trees. You have to walk the final stretch down to the sea, but it’s worth it. Winter beaches are quiet, and down here, among the boulders and churning waves, there isn’t a soul in sight.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Recorded by Daniel Graham and presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Getty Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/01/226m 28s

133. Explore the greatest music inspired by the British countryside – while wandering in the Cotswold Hills

Discover how the British countryside has inspired great composers over the centuries – and how their music helps us evoke landscapes and their wildlife. BBC Music Magazine's Jeremy Pound takes our own Fergus Collins for a walk over Leckhampton Hill to meet his countryside musical heroes, from Delius to Vaughan Williams and from Holst to Elgar. Image from Getty.Enjoy listening to the music discussed on this podcast on our Spotify playlist Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/01/2259m 55s

Sound Escape 48: be transported to a lowland farm where ravens kronk and cattle low

Ravens call over the stark winter landscape of farmland in deeply rural Monmouthshire. Robins sing and, from a distant barn, cattle low. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Recorded by Fergus Collins and presented by Hannah Tribe. Photo from Getty Images. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/01/226m 41s

132. The wonderful song of the winter marshes with naturalist Ben Hoare

In the first episode of the new season, Voices of the Countryside, plodcast host Fergus heads to the wild marshes of WWT Steart on the Somerset coast with author and naturalist Ben Hoare. The two old friends recount the joys of walking in nature and have a surprise encounter with one of Britain's great wildlife spectacles – a swarming flock of small wading birds called dunlin. With a backdrop of curlew and lapwing song, this is a podcast to transport you into the wild. For more on Ben's new book, visit here Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/01/221h 1m

Sound Escape 47: enjoy the first birdsong of the year on a frosty green lane

You're walking up a old green lane carved into a frosty hillside, and your feet sink deep into the waterlogged leaf litter. Early January sunlight is driving off a cold mist, encouraging roving parties of blue tits and goldfinches to forage in nearby oak trees. High above, redwings call softly from the canopy.BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Recorded by Fergus Collins and presented by Hannah Tribe Photo from Getty Images. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/01/227m 36s

Voices of the Countryside – we preview our new season of Plodcasts

Join the Plodcast team of Fergus, Hannah and Jack to hear about upcoming adventures in the countryside in season 11 of the Countryfile Magazine Plodcast: Voices of the Countryside. From the sounds and songs of wild creatures to the wise words of farmers, conservationists, artists and writers, we're heading out for 12 joyful episodes celebrating the wonders of the land. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/01/2218m 39s

Sound Escape 46: listen as a song thrush sings in the new year

On a winter's morning in Dorset, a song thrush starts up its first practise songs of the new year in preparation for the coming breeding season – to a backdrop of sparrows and other garden birds. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Recorded by Kevin Parr and presented by Hannah Tribe Photo from Getty Images. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/01/224m 33s

Sound Escape 45: the soothing calls of roosting lapwings on a coastal lagoon in Somerset

Dusk falls on a still, winter's day at Steart Marshes WWT on the Somerset coast. On a lagoon near the mouth of the River Parrett, a host of wading birds is settling down to roost. You can hear the strange murmur and wheeze of lapwings, the fluting cries of redshanks and the occasional plaintive notes of curlews as the darkness falls. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Photo from Getty Images. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/12/218m 27s

131. Plodcast plans for 2022 – and festive games – in the Christmas party

Enjoy part two of our plodcast Christmas party where we make plans for wildlife adventures in 2022, play a Christmas bird spotting game and remind ourselves of Fergus's worst countryside jokes of 2021. With guests Kevin Parr and Annabel Ross and regular team members Hannah Tribe, Jack Bateman and Fergus Collins Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/12/2144m 55s

Sound Escape 44: the delightful song of a robin at dawn on Christmas Eve

Relax to the exquisite song of a robin singing in a country garden at dawn on Christmas Eve – with a chorus of next door's chickens for company. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Presented by Hannah Tribe, photo from Getty Images. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/12/2113m 47s

130. It's the Plodcast Christmas special! Join the team to celebrate a year exploring the UK countryside

Join the Plodcast Christmas special where the team gather in the studio to discuss favourite episodes, guests and wildlife moments from 2021. We talk bitterns, beavers, badgers and nightingales. Part 1 of 2. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/12/2140m 39s

Sound Escape 43: unwind to the song of silver birch trees

You've clambered down from a Peak District ridge to take shelter in a silver birch woodland. The wind, the tail end of Storm Arwen, whooshes through the stark winter canopy - a deeply calming rise and fall of sound. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/12/218m 48s

129. PLODCAST SPECIAL: talking Lost Words and Spell Songs with the great Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane is one of the foremost British nature writers. His recent collaboration with Jackie Morris, The Lost Words, was a celebration of nature words and has since inspired two albums of music: The Lost Spells. In this podcast, Annabel Ross meets Robert at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire to explore a living celebration of the books and songs and talk about the power of nature to inspire us all. Photo by Jon Cartwright Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/12/2148m 9s

Sound Escape 42: be gently charmed by mewing buzzards in a forgotten valley

Wander through a hidden valley in the Welsh Borders listening to a pair of buzzards mewing to each other as they stake their claim on the territory in preparation for next year's breeding season. In the background, a mountain stream gushes. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/12/216m 53s

128. Hear the ancient stories of Britain with historian Amy Jeffs on the Avalon Marshes

Come for a wander through the Somerset marshes in late autumn with author and historian Amy Jeffs. Amy has written Storyland, a retelling of the ancient and medieval myths and legends of the British Isles. Here she retells some of them against the wild and evocative backdrop of the wetlands of Avalon. She's also illustrated the book with her own linocuts – you find out more about these here. Photograph by Oliver Edwards Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/12/2157m 22s

Sound Escape 41: the magical music of a mountain stream

Be calmed by the relaxing giggle of a stream tumbling off Sugar Loaf mountain in the Brecon Beacons near Abergavenny. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/12/218m 22s

127. Foraging for fungi and other mysteries in Dorset with John Wright

Learn about the magic and mystery of fungi with expert mushroom hunter John Wright. He joins our own Kevin Parr for a ramble in a hidden corner of Dorset. John's book A Spotters Guide to Countryside Mysteries is out now. Later in the plodcast, the team talk about the etiquette of saying 'hello' (or not!) to strangers on a country walk – and we capture on tape a strange bird singing in the depths of November. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/11/2158m 32s

Sound Escape 40: the delicious sound of feet crunching on fallen leaves in an ancient woodland

Enjoy an autumn dog walk through a beech and oak woodland and listen to feet crunching on leaves while the wind seethes through the canopy. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside giving you a taste of the season wherever you are – and a chance for a few minutes mindful reflection. Recorded by Fergus Collins and presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/11/218m 46s

126. The big issues facing the English countryside – a discussion with Tony Juniper at Wicken Fen – PART 2

Hear about the big issues facing the English countryside from and Chair of Natural England, Tony Juniper. The conservationist and environmental campaigner reveals the actions being taken to protect our landscapes and wildlife – and some of the challenges we all face in the coming years. Rob Yorke asks the questions – at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/11/2149m 25s

Sound Escape 39: Relax to the rhythm of the sea swirling on a rocky shore

Slow down the pace of your day with this short audio postcard from the countryside – waves swooshing and swirling around rocky outcrops of a rugged Gower coastline. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes give you a chance to relax to the sounds of the countryside – wherever you are. Recorded and presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/11/214m 16s

125. Talking with Tony Juniper, the Chair of Natural England, at Wicken Fen – PART ONE

A plodcast special – in two parts. Rob Yorke meets conservationist, environmental compaigner and now Chair of Natural England Tony Juniper at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire to talk about how England's wildlife and landscape can be better protected and enhanced in the face of development and pressure from agriculture. Enjoy part one of this special interview. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/11/2137m 46s

Sound Escape 38: the eerie and dramatic fallow deer rut on a dark Dorset night

It's 3am on an autumn night in West Dorset and an oily blackness beneath a moonless sky. There's a hush in the cold still air but the atmosphere is thick with testosterone. A fallow buck is staking his claim, warning off rivals and guarding his does. A guttural bellow that bursts the quiet and echoes through the combes and hills. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are postcards from the countryside to give you an inspiring taste of nature wherever you are. Recorded by Kevin Parr. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/214m 16s

124. Strange tales of family and folklore from the wilds of Dartmoor with author Tom Cox

Take a wander through the wild tors and misty valleys of Dartmoor in the company of Tom Cox. Tom has gathered dozens of stories of folklore and the supernatural and he shares some of them with our own Annabel Ross in a hugely entertaining walks across the moors. Find out more about Tom's writing here And please do send your thoughts about the podcast to editor@countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/11/2157m 43s

Sound Escape 37: be soothed with a riverside walk in South Wales

In this brief adventure in the countryside, you're walking along a stretch of shingle beside the River Usk in South Wales – the water has risen after recent rain and will son cover this little beach. Just upstream, rapids gurgle and swirl hungrily. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes give you a chance to relax to the sounds of the countryside – wherever you are. Recorded by Fergus Collins Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/11/217m 10s

123. Looking for historical artefacts on the River Thames with London mudlarker Lara Maiklem

The London Mudlark – Lara Maiklem – spends her free time combing the River Thames foreshore for fascinating objects that each have a story to tell. From buttons and beads to shoes and coins, her finds help build a picture of the people who have lived along the river for the past few centuries. Listen on to hear about this curious hobby. And you can see more of Lara's finds on Instagram, Twitter and facebook – search for the London Mudlark. If you are tempted to go mudlarking yourself, check tide times and weather conditions. And, on the River Thames, you need permission from the Port of London Authority. Image by Jon Cartwright Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/11/2146m 45s

Sound Escape 36: Peace and birdsong in a Gloucestershire churchyard

Take a moment to enjoy the gentle chorus of wild birds and foraging insects on a still autumn day. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a short postcard from the British countryside for you to relax to wherever you are. This week's episode is recorded by Fergus Collins and presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/10/217m 8s

122. Giant vegetables and other rural delights at the Malvern Autumn Show

Join the Plodcast team as they explore the magical Malvern Autumn Show and meet world record giant vegetables, noisy steam engines, champion bulls, chuckling chickens, the National Rabbit Council and a host of great country characters. A wonderful celebration of the best of British countryside. Find out more at Malvern Autumn Show Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/10/2155m 46s

Sound Escape 35: cheerful sparrows singing through a rainstorm

Enjoy the drama of an autumn storm hitting a Dorset cottage while the garden sparrows – and a robin – bravely sing through the tempest. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a short postcard from the British countryside for you to relax to wherever you are. Recorded by Kevin Parr and presented by Hannah Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/10/215m 58s

121. Uncovering the secrets of a graveyard in Gloucestershire

Sitting on a small hill above the River Severn, St Arilda's Church has a magical churchyard full of old gravestones – and each one tells a curious tale. We meet with Sarah Williams of Who Do You Think You Are magazine to decipher some of the stories in the stones in this Gloucestershire village and learn how to trace our own rural ancestors. Please do leave feedback and likes – and send messages to editor@countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/10/2155m 3s

Sound Escape 34: gentle and relaxing sounds of waves on a pebble beach

Be charmed and soothed by the ebb and flow of waves on a pebble shore. It's an overcast autumn day at Pwll Du on Gower – a hidden smugglers' cove where you can find deep peace. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes offer you a chance to take a few minutes with nature, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Recorded and presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/10/214m 4s

120. Tales of nature and protest in the North Wessex Downs with writer Nicola Chester

Roam Gallows Down on the Witshire, Hampshire, Berkshire border and hear tales of ancient and modern history – as well as the battles to defend the precious natural wonders of the area from new roads, American air bases and nuclear missiles. Author and activist Nicola Chester introduces Annabel Ross to the wonders of the North Wessex Downs. Nicola's brilliant new book On Gallows Down is available now. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/10/2155m 14s

Sound Escape 33: Relax to robins singing in autumn beside the swish and swirl of the River Usk

Ease yourself into the day with the song of robins from a riverside woodland in South Wales. Enjoy the background swirl of the River Usk in the latest calming Sound Escape from BBC Countryfile Magazine. Recorded by Fergus Collins Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/10/216m 40s

119. Join a music festival on the River Wye and meet the folk trying to save the "Queen of Rivers"

Enjoy wonderful folk music beside the River Wye and listen to the story of campaigners "Walking with the Wye" to raise awareness of the river's sad plight due to pollution. Recorded by Maria Hodson. With thanks to the Plump Hill Band, Tracey Dixon, Rob Swannack, Dick Brice and Rob Barnaville for allowing us to use their music in this podcast. Please do leave likes and reviews and you can contact the podcast team at editor@countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/10/2139m 56s

Sound Escape 32: listening to cries of terns from a bird hide at Hodbarrow, Cumbria

Shelter from autumn rain in a wooden bird hide and listen to the exotic cries of terns at RSPB Hodbarrow nature reserve in Cumbria. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a postcard from the countryside every week, offering your a chance to relax to the sounds of nature. Recorded by Martin Maudsley, presented by Hannah Tribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/10/215m 53s

118. On the hunt for mystery big cats on the loose in the Cotswolds

There are tales of mysterious black panthers from almost every corner of the land – so we head out with writer and naturalist James Fair to look into one particular story: the Cotswold Cat. Could large felines really be on the loose in the modern British countryside? Don't forget to leave likes and reviews and you can contact the Countryfile Magazine team on editor@countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/09/2159m 42s

Sound Escape 31: the calming patter of rain on autumn leaves

Listen to the calming sound of a gentle rain on the leaves of beech and hazel trees while you shelter in a green lane in the Cotswolds. Recorded by Fergus Collins, introduced by Hannah Tribe. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes offer a soothing postcard from the countryside to help you relax, wherever you are in the world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/09/218m 16s

117. Poetry, peace and corncrakes on the sacred Scottish island of Iona

Relax to the gentle tones of poet Kenneth Steven as he explores the history and magic of Iona: likely birthplace of the ancient Book of Kells, resting place of Scottish kings and queens and sanctuary for the endangered corncrake. Find our more about Kenneth’s work at his website https://kennethsteven.co.uk/ And join the team at the end for the Podcast Postbag and discussions about wild swimming, hedgehogs and sparrowhawks. Image by Getty Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/09/2137m 45s

Sound Escape 30: Tranquil footsteps along a woodland path and stream in autumn

Relax as you walk beside a stream at the bottom of a valley of beech and oak woodland in the Brecon Beacons – known as St Mary's Vale. This is episode 30 of BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound escapes – your chance to escape into nature and relax to the wild sounds of the countryside, wherever you are. Recorded by Fergus Collins and presented by Hannah Tribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/09/217m 11s

116. Unearthing the strange histories of the yew trees of Kingley Vale with poet Hugh Dunkerley

Poet Hugh Dunkerley explores mysterious Kingley Vale in the South Downs of West Sussex in search of a bunker created to house resistance fighters in the event of the Nazis ever invading Britain. Along the way he enters the dark and eerie yew woods and reveals tales of Viking massacres and other chilling local legends. With poems from Hugh and Vicki Feaver plus wildlife expertise from Natural England's Steve Walker, this is a joyful summer's adventure in the countryside. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/09/2152m 19s

Sound Escape 29: relax on a Gower headland while gulls call above and a tractor gathers hay

Listen to gulls as you sit on a headland overlooking the sea on the south Gower coast. Nearby a tractor bales hay as the last rays of afternoon sun light the fields. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes give you a gentle, relaxing postcard of the countryside for you to enjoy when you can't get there yourself. Recorded and presented by Hannah Tribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/09/2110m 33s

115. Climbing the epic peak of Suilven in Assynt in northern Scotland

Suilven is one of Scotland's most impressive peaks. Fergus Collins joins two old friends for an expedition to climb this magnificent mountain in Assynt and discover some of the intriguing and sometime brutal history of the region. Along the way they encounter fantastic wildlife in stunning wild surroundings. Image Gavin Meredith Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/09/2154m 25s

Sound Escape 28: unwind to late summer swallows above an Iron-Age hillfort in the Brecon Beacons

Atop the Iron-Age hillfort known as Pen y Crug high above the edge of Brecon, you can relax to the calls of the last of summer's swallows. Wind and sheep sigh in the bracken and holiday traffic makes its way home on the main road in the Usk Valley below. Sound Escapes – from BBC Countryfile Magazine – are your chance to catch an audio postcard of the countryside and be soothed by the sounds of nature wherever you are. Recorded and presented by Fergus Collins Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/09/215m 20s

114. Exploring the lost town of Old Sarum in Wiltshire with writer Christopher Somerville

Legendary walker and writer Christopher Somerville joins our own Annabel Ross to explore the ruins of Old Sarum near Salisbury in Wiltshire and tells the curious tale of the dark forces at work that led to the medieval town being abandoned. A charming summer adventure in the countryside with a backdrop of skylarks and corn buntings. Find out more in Christopher's book Ships of Heaven: the private life of Britain's cathedrals Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/08/2152m 44s

Sound Escape 27: be calmed by the wild song of the ash tree

Relax to the rustle of a summer breeze through the leaves of an ancient ash tree in the Brecon Beacons. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes offer a mindful few minutes of escape into nature – a few minutes of restful sounds of the countryside to enjoy wherever you are. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/08/216m 32s

113. Investigating the chilling Pool of Witches on a Brecon Beacons mountain

Lost on a lonely, trackless mountain lies Pwll Gwy-Rhoc – the Pool of Witches – a mysterious lake that is the source of strange tales. Come with us on a quest to find the stories hidden in this untamed, ancient landscape. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/08/2157m 7s

Sound Escape 26: slow down with the sounds of a narrowboat passing through a lock on the Peak Forest Canal

Enjoy the gentle drama of a narrowboat passing through a lock on the Peak Forest Canal on the western edge of the Peak District. This slow radio is the latest Sound Escape from BBC Countryfile Magazine. Each one allows you to be soothed by the sounds of nature. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/08/216m 3s

112. Strange tales at a Dorset henge… Part 2 of the Knowlton Circles mystery with Mary-Ann Ochota

Explore the extensive earthworks or Knowlton Circles in Dorset and the eerie ruined church at their centre. Archaeologist, anthropologist and broadcast Mary-Ann Ochota looks for answers in this ancient landscapes and meets local people with tales of strange encounters within the circles. Find out more in Mary's new book: Secret Britain: Unearthing Our Mysterious Past Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/08/2140m 35s

Sound Escape 25: be charmed by the gentle babble of a farmland stream

Cool off beside a babbling brook on the border of Cheshire and Derbyshire. In Countryfile Magazine's latest Sound Escape, it's early afternoon on a hot summer's day and you find yourself on the banks of a tiny but lively stream – a calm place for cooling off. Recorded by Andrew Griffiths, image by Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/08/215m 28s

111. The mystery of Knowlton Circles in Dorset with Mary-Ann Ochota – part 1

Join archaeologist, anthropologist and broadcaster Mary-Ann Ochota on the Dorset downs as she ventures across an ancient landscape of mysterious pathways, burial mounds and unexplained earthworks. She's on a quest to explore the secrets of enigmatic Knowlton Circles - a little-known neolithic henge. Mary-Ann is the author of Secret Britain: Unearthing Our Mysterious Past. Afterwards, join the Plodcast team to talk about the adventure and a very special listeners' Sound of the Week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/08/2144m 36s

Sound Escape 24: sit back and relax to the sleepy hum and buzz of a midsummer meadow

Chill out to the hum and buzz of a summer meadow. In Sound Escape 24, you find yourself waist deep in glorious midsummer wildflowers in a meadow in the Gwent Levels in South Wales. Crickets and grasshoppers chirrup and sing, bees bumble by, while blackcaps, chiffchaffs and a reed bunting sing from the nearby hedges. A lazy aeroplane dones overhead. Recorded by Fergus Collins and presented by Hannah Tribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/08/216m 3s

A new season of Plodcasts: explore the histories and mysteries of the countryside

Join us for 13 thrilling adventures of discovery as we head out into the countryside to explore ancient sites, hear haunting tales and enjoy atmospheric walks in strange and beautiful places.Guests includes archaeologist Mary-Ann Ochota, walker and writer Christopher Somerville, nature writer Nicola Chester, treasure hunter Lara Maiklem, writer Tom Cox and many Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/08/219m 40s

Sound Escape 23: a walk among birdsong in Dovedale in Derbyshire

Enjoy the delights of Dovedale in this mindful walk through one of the Peak District's most beautiful valleys. Deeply relax to the gentle melodies of nature – including summer blackbirds and robins – in the latest Sound Escape from BBC Countryfile Magazine. Recorded by Andrew Griffiths and presented by Hannah Tribe. Image from Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/07/218m 59s

Sound escape 22: the joyful song of summer on the allotment

Sit back and relax to soothing birdsong on a gentle summer’s morning on the allotment. In this Sound Escape, a meditative short podcast that celebrates the seasonal melodies of nature, relax to the tinkling song of a charm of goldfinches as they forage on the edge of the veg plot while gulls drift over on a lazy breeze. Recorded and presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/07/2115m 26s

Sound Escape 21: the song of the River Dove in the Peak District

Relax to the song of the Peak District's most beautiful river. Sit on the banks of this gentle bubbling stream with delightful birdsong raining down – in this short Sound Escape: mindful moments of nature brought to you by BBC Countryfile Magazine. Recorded by Andrew Griffiths and presented by Hannah Tribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/07/2110m 28s

110 . Rewilding in the Black Mountains with woodsman Rob Penn

Hear how a massive tree-planting project will transform the Black Mountains peak of Bryn Arw in the Brecon Beacons. Woodsman and writer Rob Penn explains how the Stump Up For Trees project has convinced local farmers and landowners to embrace nature and reveals how making the hill more nature-friendly will benefit the visitors and the local community. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/07/2149m 28s

109. A Yorkshire River Journey with Radio 3's Petroc Trelawny

Presenter of "Breakfast" on BBC Radio 3 Petroc Trelawny talks about his week of live shows following a Yorkshire river from source to sea. Petroc reveals how the show will blend the evocative sounds of nature with chosen pieces of classical music including local composers and performers. In this podcast, Petroc also shares his favourite pieces of music – and those works that best evoke the British countryside. A Yorkshire River Journey runs from 12-16y from 6.30-9am. And you can catch up on BBC Sounds. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/07/2124m 58s

108. Take a boat adventure onto a beautiful loch in wild and rugged Assynt, Scotland

In the last of the current series, we head to the far north of Scotland to explore a remote loch and its wildlife – plus we attempt to fly-fish for brown trout in the beautiful waters while serenaded by cuckoos and buzzards. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/07/2144m 2s

Sound Escape 20: the mesmerising churring of a nightjar on a summer's night

Welcome to Sound Escapes from BBC Countryfile Magazine: your chance to relax to the seasons sounds of nature wherever you are – and however busy your day. In this episode, it's a warm June evening on a hill in the Brecon Beacons and the strange churring of a nocturnal bird called the nightjar rises above the heady scent of honeysuckle and foxgloves. Presented by Hannah Tribe and produced by Jack Bateman. Image from Getty Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/07/216m 13s

107. Searching for a very rare butterfly in Rockingham Forest

Extinct in England, the chequered skipper has been reintroduced to a secret site in Rockingham Forest in Northamptonshire by the Back from the Brink project The plodcast's Megan Shersby tells this heartening story and explores the forest in the hope of seeing one of these jewel-like butterflies. Listen on also for our podcast chat and Sound of the Week.The plodcast is produced by Jack Bateman and the image is from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/06/2157m 8s

Sound Escape 19: The hum of busy bumble bees

Welcome to Sound Escapes from BBC Countryfile Magazine – your chance to relax to soundtracks of glorious nature wherever you are and whatever you are doing. In this episode, take a break in the shade at the bottom of the garden, and let nature do all the hard work . Image from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/06/217m 32s

106. Meet the wildlife of a beautiful, unspoilt stream in a Peak District valley

Take a springtime wander up a Peak District valley called William Clough in the company of angler and naturalist Andrew Griffiths. Meet some of the aquatic residents as Andrew tries his hand at stream dipping and hear tales of battles over access on nearby Kinder Scout. Plus, the delightful songs of skylarks, meadow pipits and curlew Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/06/2139m 59s

Sound Escape 18: the beguiling songs of warblers from a reedbed by a lake in the Brecon Beacons

Welcome to Sound Escapes from BBC Countryfile Magazine – your chance to relax to soundtracks of glorious nature wherever you are and whatever you are doing. In this episode, we're beside a sleepy lake deep in the Brecon Beacons. Wind rustles through the golden reedbed as reed warblers sing their charming songs. Image from Getty. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/06/216m 35s

105. Discover the mysterious lives of cuckoos in a Cambridgeshire fen

In this episode, Megan Shersby heads to the East of England to one of Britain's oldest nature reserves, the wetland wonder of Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire. Here she meets Professor Nick Davies of Cambridge University, an expert on the lives of cuckoos, to talk about these remarkable birds and how they use foster parents to raise their young. Later, Megan joins the regular plodcast team to talk cuckoos, sounds of the week and other nature news. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/06/2154m 41s

Sound Escape 17: Be transported to a wooded Welsh valley to hear redstarts and song thrushes

Welcome to Sound Escapes, your chance to relax to the sounds of the British countryside no matter busy you are. In this episode, enjoy the song of one of our migrant birds, the redstart, plus backing singing from chiffchaffs, blackcaps, song thrushes and blackbirds. A gentle, calming delight. Hosted by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/06/217m 39s

104. Explore the Dorset heaths in search of Britain's rarest reptile

Meet the spring wildlife of one of Britain's rarest habitats – lowland heaths. Roam the heath-clad landscape in search of rare reptiles including the elusive smooth snake in the company of Owain Masters and Nick Dobbs from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. Plus a host of rare insects, plants and the gorgeous Dartford warbler. Plus, a special guest appearance from plodcast favourite Kevin Parr. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/06/211h 3m

Sound Escape 16: listen to the cascade of wood warbler song in an ancient oak wood

Welcome to Sound Escapes, your chance to relax to the sounds of the British countryside no matter busy you are. In this episode, you're on a path rising up a steep-sided wooded valley in South Wales. The endless May rain has stopped and a male wood warbler is singing his extraordinary song from the emerald canopy of tangled oak trees. The air is fresh, the leaves are fresh and there is a sense that spring can begin again in earnest. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/06/216m 53s

103. A joyful spring chorus of birdsong in a West Country oak woodland

Somerset artist Lucy Pendrick gets up early to listen to the whole of the dawn chorus of resident and migrant birds in a deciduous woodland on the edge of the Somerset Levels. Revel in this incredible spring orchestra of natural music that most people sleep through. Plus, Lucy also captures the dusk chorus as the birds wind down at the end of the day. Pure magic. Find out more about Lucy's work at her website The Whispering Wild Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/06/2147m 24s

Sound Escape 15: relax to the gentle patter of rain in a Maytime bluebell wood

Welcome to Sound Escapes – your chance to relax to the sounds of nature no matter how busy you are. In this episode, we take you to Bickley Wood on the River Avon the outskirts of Bristol where bluebells are freshly in bloom. A gentle rain is falling. Recorded by Daniel Graham and presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/05/219m 45s

102. Forgotten tales, ancient woods and fairytale creatures on the loch – enjoy spring on the Hebridean Isle of Seil

Join poet Kenneth Steven for an early spring adventure in an ancient hazel wood, a mysterious glen and a beautiful loch on his home island of Seil in the Inner Hebrides. Along the way Kenneth recounts tales of history and mystery – and finish with one of his own marvellous poems. Find out more about Kenneth's work Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/05/2142m 52s

Sound Escape 14: relax to the dawn chorus from a West Country oak wood

BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes offer you a short meditative journey into the natural world this spring to find peace, beauty and relaxation. In this episode, you're transported to an oak woodland on a small hill in the West Country. It's 5am and the weather is cool and dry. Bluebells carpet the woodland floor while blackbirds, wrens, robins and goldcrests lead the dawn chorus to welcome the new day. Recorded by Lucy Pendrick. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/05/215m 46s

101. An adventure to hear a booming bittern in the magnificent marshes of Avalon

Explore the lagoons, reedbeds and woodlands of Somerset Levels with two of the regular podcast team as they try to hear the mournful yet powerful boom of the bittern. This waterbird was once critically endangered but has made a dramatic comeback with 30 pairs in what is known collectively as the Avalon Marshes. But will the team hear it? Listen on for gorgeous spring birdsong, history, mystery and even slithering snakes. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/05/2151m 39s

Sound Escape 13: a few minutes of total peace deep in the Somerset Levels

BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes offer you a short meditative journey into the natural world this spring to find peace, beauty and relaxation. In episode 13, you are transported to a woodland on the edge of a lagoon and reedbed deep in the Avalon Marshes of Somerset where the spring birdsong is in full voice. Sit back and let your mind wander into nature. Recorded by Jack Bateman and presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/05/215m 32s

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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/05/2152m 59s

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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/05/216m 39s

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 Hir 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.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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/05/2156m 48s

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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/04/216m 29s

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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/04/2148m 5s

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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/04/217m 34s

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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/211h 0m

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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/04/216m 33s

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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/04/2115m 36s

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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/04/216m 55s

Sound Escape 7: a mistle thrush and friends greet a crisp March morning in a Gwent woodland

Welcome to BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes, beautiful short episodes of natural sound from the British countryside. They're your chance for a burst of wild freedom when you can't get out there yourself. In this episode, it's a crisp morning in mid March and we're sitting beside a dark pool in a pocket of ancient woodland called Goytre House Wood. Celandines and wild daffodils brighten the damp woodland floor while a male mistle thrush, great tits and wrens provide beautiful song. Presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/04/216m 29s

96. Enjoy a wild wander along a Gower stream to the sea – with a treasure hunt!

Follow a sparkling stream through a hidden valley on the Gower Peninsular in South Wales to arrive at a smuggler's cove. Along the way, the podcast team hunt for treasures in the stream, meet the local wildlife and encounter a very mysterious fish. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/03/2152m 34s

Sound Escape 6: the gentle chatter of house sparrows and dunnocks in a Gower hedgerow

Welcome to our latest Sound Escape, a chance to relax to the calming sounds of nature. In this episode, we’re pausing beside a hedgerow on the edge of a small field in Gower, South Wales. It’s a bitterly cold and overcast Sunday morning but the house sparrows and hedge sparrows (dunnocks) are busily chatting at the beginning of their nesting season.  So sit back and be transported into the delightful soundscapes of spring.Recorded and presented by Hannah Tribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/03/216m 49s

95. A delightful morning on a Devon river with wildlife photographer Jim Brown

Storyteller Martin Maudsley meets wildlife photographer and countryman Jim Brown on Jim's local river, the Axe, which flows from Somerset into East Devon. They discuss otters, swans, folklore and farming – and the dedication wildlife photographers need to catch their quarry. Their delightful conversation is set against the bubbling backdrop of the Axe and its tributary, the Yatty. Otter image by Jim Brown Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/03/2152m 6s

Sound Escape 5: wandering along an ancient holloway in the Brecon Beacons

Welcome to the Countryfile Magazine Sound Escapes – your chance to spend a blissful five minutes in the countryside however busy you are. In this episode, ramble along an ancient track through a steeply banked holloway down into a wild valley. Enjoy the sounds of robins, song thrushes and wrens above the babble of a mountain stream.Presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/03/215m 34s

94. A soothing walk at dawn along a Brecon Beacons canal – with gorgeous spring birdsong

Enjoy listening to the delightful songs of song thrushes, robins and treecreepers as we wander along the towpath of the Monmouth-Brecon canal high up in the Brecon Beacons. Listen out for an extremely early chiffchaff and encounters with narrowboats and a very strange duck Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/03/2145m 4s

Sound Escape 4: an evening chorus of birdsong on the River Avon near Bristol

Welcome to our latest Sound Escape, a chance to relax to the calming sounds of nature. In this episode, it is dusk on a flood-swollen River Avon on the outskirts of Bristol and the melodies of robins and song thrushes soothe the watery twilight. So sit back and be transported into the soundscapes of early spring. Recorded by Daniel Graham and presented by Hannah Tribe. Photo credit: Geograph Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/03/216m 23s

93. A riverside wander in search of Britain's most mysterious fish – the eel

Annabel Ross wades through floodwater in the Severn Valley near Tewksbury to meet Andrew Kerr of the Sustainable Eel Group and talk about the astonishing serpent-like eel and its still unexplained life story. We meet a traditional Severn Elver fisherman, hear a glorious eel poem by Hugh Dunkerley and cap it all off with folk singer Kitty Macfarlane's delightful song Glass Eel. Listen on for a perfect podcast.Image by students of Plymouth University as part of the the Eel Suitcase project, which raises awareness of the plight of the European eel. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/03/2152m 54s

Sound Escape 3: listen to waders, wildfowl and skylarks on the wide marshes of Lancashire's Ribble estuary

Welcome to theSound Escape from BBC Countryfile Magazine – a chance for a few minutes relaxation as you listen to the sounds of nature and the countryside. In this episode we head along the sea defences of the Ribble Estuary in Lancashire on a bright February morning. Big skies dominate the low-lying marshes and farmland. The birds you can hear are mostly wigeon and skylarks. Presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/03/216m 26s

92. Discovering curious tales of folklore from Britain's rivers and seas

Dee Dee Chainey has been collected stories and legends about folklore from around the world during her Folklore Thursday sessions on social media – in this episode she reveals tales of ghosts, monsters, spirits and superstitions that abide around our waters. Listen on if you dare. Dee Dee and Willow Winsham have a great book on the subject: Treasury of Folklore: Seas and Rivers. Plus, a brilliant Sound of the Week from Texas and we introduce our new Sound Escapes podcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/03/2138m 26s

Sound Escape 2: new lambs and early birds on a frozen Monmouth-Brecon canal in Wales

Welcome to the second Sound Escape from BBC Countryfile Magazine, a short meditative journey into the countryside right now to immerse yourself in the sounds of nature. In this episode, we take an icy dawn walk along the frozen Mon-Brec canal in Monmouthshire to hear song thrushes, siskins, tits, a great spotted woodpecker and even a brief burst of treecreeper. Plus, we meet the first of this year's lambs. Presented by Hannah Tribe Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/02/216m 30s

91. A charming ramble along Derbyshire's River Govt to talk wildlife, angling and local history

Angler and writer Andrew Griffiths takes us for a charming summer's ramble around his local waterways on the Cheshire-Derbyshire border. He chats to passers-by, goes pond-dipping with children and meets a man hoping to catch the first salmon on the River Govt. Plus, don't miss the latest Listeners' Sound of the Week Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/02/2142m 29s

Sound Escape 1: calming birdsong in a Welsh woodland

Welcome to the first Sound Escape from BBC Countryfile Magazine – five minutes' blissful peace in the countryside as we wind down for the weekend. Every week, we'll upload some beautiful and relaxing sounds of nature. We will capture the spirit of the moment to give you a perfect audio snapshot of what's going on in the countryside right now.This week, we are escaping to a little wooded valley on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales to hear robins, mistle thrushes, great tits and a great spotted woodpecker proclaiming early spring. The sound of the sea blends with a gentle breeze in the treetops. Hannah Tribe is your host. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/216m 1s

90. Adventuring in floods and ice along the River Usk in Monmouthshire

After the heavy rain and floods of mid January, we head out on a cold, clear morning into the waterlogged woods and farmland along the River Usk in Monmouthshire to discover how the landscape has changed and how the wildlife and livestock are coping. Listen on for an evocative walk in the countryside accompanied by the very first stirrings of spring. Plus don't miss the Podcast Postbag and two wonderful sounds of the week sent in by listeners. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/02/2143m 16s

89. Wild waters and whirlpools of the Western Isles with poet and story teller Kenneth Steven

We return to the island of Seil in the Inner Hebrides to spend a day with poet Kenneth Steven exploring the wildlife and wild waters that swirl around his island home. He tells of terrifying power of the nearby Corryvreckan whirlpool and recounts the tale of a prince and his ship lost beneath the writhing currents. Plus, join us for nature sound of the week and the Plodcast postbag Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/02/2135m 54s

88. A cold and beautiful winter's day by a Dorset lake in search of peace – and perch

Join angler and writer Kevin Parr as he spends a day at a local lake in Dorset explaining the joys and frustrations of angling. His quarry is the predatory perch, a fish that become more solitary and elusive as it grows larger. Kevin also enjoys some gentle wildlife encounters along the way. Plus, don't miss the Plodcast postbag and sound of the week… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/02/2144m 26s

87. Spend a blissful, calming day by the river with a Somerset artist

Lucy Pendrick is an artist and nature lover who is a keen listener to the Countryfile Plodcast. In this episode, she takes us to her local river to explore how nature's calming power – especially moving water – can bring peace and mental clarity to our lives. She also reveals how she finds inspiration for her art in her wild surroundings. A delightful, personal and uplifting podcast – and you can see her work at Whispers of the Wild. Plus listen on for how you can send in your own audio recordings to feature in future Countryfile Plodcasts. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/01/2128m 51s

86. Join the quest to find an ancient holy well deep in the Welsh hills

Holy wells are a magical feature of the Welsh landscape – places where people have found dependable clean water and made offerings since ancient times. But over time, many have been forgotten or overlooked in the modern landscape. So in this episode, we head into the hills north of Pontypool to try to track down a well that has been used since Roman times – and trace its fascinating story through history. If you enjoy the podcast, please do leave feedback and ratings Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/01/2145m 49s

85. Encountering the surging Severn Bore on an atmospheric walk beside Britain's longest river

Meet the Severn Bore – a dramatic tidal wave that surges up the River Severn on rare occasions each year. Plodcast host Fergus joins local resident and naturalist James Fair for a wander along the river just before the Bore struck. A fantastic audio adventure with some great wildlife and surprise guests… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/01/2141m 33s

Explore rivers, lakes, ponds and streams in this special season of podcasts devoted to water

Explore rivers, lakes and canals in this special season of podcasts. From meeting the Severn Bore and climbing remote hills in search of holy wells to finding treasure in streams and reflecting on the healing power of water, we enjoy the magic of our waterways over the next 12 episodes Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/01/214m 46s

84. It's the Christmas special! Enjoy a virtual fireside chat with the team about nature and the countryside

Join the Countryfile Magazine plodcast team as we celebrate how the natural world has helped us – and you – through 2020. Plus, we reveal the podcast highlights of the year and what to look forward to in 2021. So pour yourself a warming drink, find a comfy armchair and enjoy a gentle chat and ramble through rural Britain. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/12/2034m 23s

83. Make your rural dream come true with Escape to the Country host Jules Hudson

Jules Hudson has been helping people find their rural dream for over 13 years as host of the BBC's show Escape to the Country. Now he's written a book full of practical advice on how anyone can make the leap from urban stress to country retreat. Fergus Collins met Jules at his home in Herefordshire to discuss the dos and don'ts…Find out more in Jules's Escape to the Country Handbook, published by the National Trust. Plus don't miss our bonus Plodcast Postbag feature where we answer our listeners' letters and emails Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/12/2040m 54s

82. Mackenzie Crook on his new Worzel Gummidge film this Christmas – and why nature is the true star

Star of The Office, Detectorists and several blockbuster films, Mackenzie Crook has also written, directed and starred in a new adaptation of Worzel Gummidge. Christmas 2020 sees the third episode in the series and Mackenzie joins Maria Hodson to discuss why he loves this countryside character and how nature infuses his life. Plus, we introduce the Plodcast postbag – our listeners reviews and comments on recent podcast episodes. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/12/2039m 32s

81. "We need greater freedom to roam in the countryside," argues Nick Hayes

Come with us to a narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon canal to talk to Nick Hayes, author of the The Book of Trespass, about how little of the English countryside is open to walkers, riders and canoeists. Learn how our landscapes came to be owned by so few people – and how it might benefit the nation's health to open them up to the public Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/12/2039m 56s

80. Exploring the RSPB's Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire where agriculture and wildlife work together

20 years ago, the RSPB bought Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire to explore how best to farm sustainably and profitably while also creating a home for nature. Meet lapwings, linnets and wildflowers as we wander the farm in the company of manager Georgie Bray to discover that it is possible to create wildlife habitat and make a living from the land. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/11/2044m 10s

79. Autumn foraging for free food and simple cures with a modern herbalist

Join Maria Fernandez-Garcia as she walks the riverbank and woodlands of Conham River Park on the edge of Bristol in search of autumn edibles. From ruby rosehips and hawthorn berries to lush lichens and nettle seeds, Maria discusses the many medicinal plants that can be gathered in autumn and used to make herbal medicine. Expect seasonal jams, root-based coffees, and hot, healing teas. Find out more about Maria’s work as a herbalist at Healing Weeds Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/11/2029m 8s

78. A tranquil ramble with curlews and rare butterflies on the Menai Straits in North Wales

We escape back to summer in this podcast to explore a forgotten peninsula near the town of Caernarvon in North Wales. Enjoy beachcombing, plus a ramble over salt marshes and wildflower-filled sand dunes accompanied by curlews, oystercatchers and other seabirds. Pure wildlife delights! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/11/2039m 48s

77. Wisdom, wizards and wise-cracks with Detectorists and Horrible Histories star Simon Farnaby

Horrible Histories, Ghosts and Detectorists star Simon Farnaby talks to Maria Hodson about his new book for children – where a Dark Age wizard turns up in the 2st-century countryside. Funny and thoughtful, Simon reveals his own rural childhood and his hopes for a wilder childhood for his own family. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/11/2029m 41s

76. Be thrilled and chilled with folk tales for Halloween on a dusk walk in Dorset

Storyteller Martin Maudsley takes a walk along Blood Lane and other ancient Dorset tracks telling tales old and new that celebrate the countryside and its people. Prepare to be thrilled and chilled as Martin explores the twilight world of spirits, strange events and weird wildlife. Find out more at https://martinmaudsley.co.uk/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/10/2034m 3s

75. Rewilding over breakfast in the Black Mountains with hunter-naturalist Rob Yorke

The Black Mountains are the northern, often overlooked corner of Brecon Beacons National Park in south-east Wales – a land of seldom visited peaks and hidden valleys full of tales. Editor Fergus Collins meets Black Mountains resident and rural commentator Rob Yorke to discuss wildlife, farming, hunting and rewilding over breakfast on the Gaer, an ancient hillfort. Find out more robyorke.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/10/2054m 37s

74. A friendly and fascinating chat with nature writer Helen Macdonald about her new book Vesper Flights

Nature writer Helen Macdonald is best known for her critically acclaimed book: H is for Hawk. While this award-winning tome focuses on Helen's efforts to train a goshawk, it struck a chord with many in the way it deals with family, belonging and grief – as well as the beautifully drawn explorations and adventures in the British countryside. Helen has a new book out, Vesper Flights, and she talks about both works and her love of the natural world with Maria Hodson with readings by Hannah Tribe. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/10/2028m 36s

73. Meet the amazing Birdgirl – Mya-Rose Craig – for a birding adventure in Somerset

Mya-Rose Craig – aka Birdgirl – is rapidly become one of Britain's leading environmental campaigners and an eloquent and persuasive voice for nature and for young people. Having just finished school, she talks about her hopes for our wildlife while taking Countryfile Magazine's Annabel Ross on a birdwatching tour of her home in the Chew Valley in North Somerset. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
06/10/2046m 58s

72. Honey buzzards in a Welsh forest – a truly special encounter to start the new season of Plodcasts!

Welcome to episode 1 of season 7 of the BBC Countryfile Magazine plodcast – and meet the honey buzzards in a secret forest in South Wales. Honey buzzards are scarce summer migrants to the UK – a bird of prey that feeds mainly on wasps. Here Fergus Collins joins an expedition led by ornithologist Steve Roberts to locate a honey buzzard nest and ring the chicks in order to monitor their progress as they attempt to colonise the region. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/09/2045m 8s

Nature, wild walks and rural magic! Find out what's coming up in season 7 of the BBC Countryfile Magazine Plodcast

From honey buzzards to Dark Age wizards and Napoleonic battles to the incredible Birdgirl, Season 7 of the Plodcast begins this autumn with 12 brand new adventures into the countryside for encounters with wildlife, chats with farmers, naturalists, campaigners and writers plus tranquil wanders into beautiful landscapes. Escape into the green outdoors wherever you are with the Plodcast. The new season begins on 29 September 2020 and runs for 12 episodes. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/09/206m 20s

71. A celebration of the common toad on the River Usk in Monmouthshire

In the final episode of series 6, we return to spring on the beautiful River Usk to celebrate the marvellous common toad – our cleverest amphibian. Follow Fergus Collins as he explores pools along the River Usk in the Brecon Beacons to meet hundreds of these warty wanderers as they gather to spawn. Plus, we explore some of the literary associations of the toad – from Shakespeare to Orwell. Find more about Britain's amphibians at the Countryfile Magazine website Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/08/2022m 6s

70. Exploring the amazing life of a Hampshire chalk stream with Dr George McGavin

Wade up the Candover Brook in Hampshire in the company of insect expert George McGavin and Zam Baring of the Wessex River Trust. Meet the hidden life of this beautiful waterway from mayflies and leeches to damselflies and bullheads. It's a truly delightful and entertaining adventure in one of Britain's most precious wild habitats. Annabel Ross is your host. Find out more about the Wessex Rivers Trust Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/08/2045m 42s

69. Oystercatchers in the rye – the poetry of a Scottish island with Kenneth Steven

Enjoy a summer morning on the island of Seil in the company of poet Kenneth Steven and a chorus of oystercatchers. Kenneth reveals the wild history of his home and reads three beautiful poems amid the enchanting atmosphere of the island. You can find out more about Kenneth and his poetry here Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/08/2022m 3s

68. Finding asylum in nature: Lucy Jones on why our minds, hearts and bodies need wildness

Lucy Jones is the author of Losing Eden, a book the exploring the science behind why we need nature in our lives – and what happens to us when we lose contact with the wild universe. Listen on for some fascinating insight into what the green outdoors can do for us - and hear Lucy's own journey from addiction and depression with the help of the natural world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/08/2028m 5s

67. Churring nightjars – an eerie adventure on a Welsh hill at dusk

Enter the strange world of the nightjar in a dusk adventure on a secret Welsh hillside. Fergus Collins meets ornithologist Steve Roberts and listens to the strange song and stranger stories of this bizarre nocturnal bird. Steve rings the nestlings and tracks the species' progress in Wales. With thanks also to Hannah Tribe for giving voice to various readings throughout. You can find out more about nightjars at the BBC Countryfile Magazine website Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/07/2041m 22s

66. The delight and mystery of rural churches with historian Emma Wells

Medieval historian Dr Emma Wells reveals the secrets and mysteries hidden in our rural chapels and churchyards. She talks about their importance in the history of the countryside, the power of sanctuary and what to look for on your next visit. For more on rural churches, visit the Countryfile website special section on great churches to visit Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/07/2031m 39s

65. On the trail of an assassin in the ancient holloways of Dorset

We join storyteller Martin Maudsley in the ancient lanes of Dorset tracing in the footsteps and the hideout of The Rogue Male – the title character of the renowned 1930s spy thriller written by Geoffrey Household. So follow Martin as he wanders into these strange and enticing holloways, delves into local folklore and reveals some the literary magic woven into our landscapes. Plus along the way, Martin tells some of his own fabulous little tales. More on Martin's storytelling Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/07/2042m 6s

64. Cuckoos on Dartmoor – and why it's possible to farm with wildlife and make money

In this episode we head to Dartmoor to wander through landscapes where local farmers have worked tirelessly to bring wildlife back to their fields and hills. Listen on for cuckoos, encounters with rare butterflies and some truly uplifting conversation with Tim Martin of Farm Wilder. A former producer at the BBC’s natural history unit, Tim set up Farm Wilder to help farmers work more sustainably with the land and, as you’ll hear, his work is really paying off. Our own Annabel Ross met him for a walk in the dramatic Devon wilds. For more information, visit Farm Wilder Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/07/2055m 58s

63. Head to a poet's wild retreat on an enchanting Hebridean island

Enjoy a peaceful retreat to the gentle island of Seil in the Inner Hebrides in the genial company of Scottish poet Kenneth Steven. Hear Kenneth's reflections on writing, life in lockdown and some of the wild encounters he has every day with wild geese and marsh harriers. Plus, listen on for one of his own award-winning poems. For more about Kenneth, visit https://kennethsteven.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
30/06/2023m 18s

62. A gentle morning's ramble with rabbits and wood warblers in the Brecon Beacons

Take a May-time wander with editor Fergus Collins to a distant unexplored woodland – meet the local rabbit populations along the way, listen to a chorus of linnets and listen to the fabulous exotic melody of the wood warbler deep among the oaks. A sublime, gentle adventure in the countryside. For more days out and articles on British wildlife, head to the BBC Countryfile Magazine website Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/06/2047m 14s

61. Take a hedgerow safari with TV naturalist Dr George McGavin

Join TV naturalist Dr George McGavin as he explore the incredible life along a hedgerow near his home in Berkshire. Known for his regular slots on the One Show and many other BBC nature programmes, George is fascinated by insects and shares his discoveries – and some brilliant stories – with our own Annabel Ross in this delightful spring adventure. Find out more about hedgerow wildlife at our website countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/06/2042m 18s

60. Nightingales at dawn in Dorset – magical, beautiful and moving

Kevin Parr heads to a secret common and woodland in Dorset to at the crack of dawn to hear Britain's most famous songster – the increasingly scarce nightingale. Listen on for a memorable and stunningly beautiful audio experience. Plus, we hear from one of the 20th century's greatest nature writers and poets, Edward Thomas, on the power of the nightingale's song. For more on nightingales and other British songbirds, visit our website countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/06/2033m 8s

59. Delightful tales of red squirrels, sparrows and classic British countryside

Do red squirrels make little boats to sail on? Nature writers of the 19th century thought so. In this episode, writer Caroline Greene explores some of the ideas and beliefs early nature writers had regarding our wildlife. Reading from a variety of amusing and bizarre sources, Caroline reveals the curious thinking of early observers of the natural world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/06/2018m 9s

58. Walk the River Tame in Manchester to see a river restored to glorious life

Once a heavily polluted river, running though heavily industrialised landscapes, the River Tame is being restored from its source on the Pennine moors along its entire length in the Greater Manchester area and is now one of the best trout rivers in Britain. Follow angler and writer Andrew Griffiths as travels along the river meeting heroes from Moors for the Future, the Mersey Rivers Trust and the Wild Trout Trust for an incredibly heartening story of a river's resurrection. And for more on river walks, wildlife of our waterways and great conservation projects, visit countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/05/2044m 23s

57. Finding edible and healing plants with a modern herbalist in Bristol

Explore a forgotten forest on the edge of Bristol in the company of herbalist Maria Fernandez Garcia. Learn about the exciting flavours and healing powers of common plants such as dandelion and nettle and discover how to turn wayside weeds into useful cures.Find out more at Healing Weeds Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/05/2024m 9s

56. A wild wander with cuckoos and bluebells – on Sugar Loaf mountain

Enjoy the wild magic of a spring morning walk deep into ancient bluebell woods with cuckoos, redstarts, pied flycatchers and wood warblers. Plus a supporting cast of spring lambs and many other species. Beautiful and unmissable. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/05/2048m 53s

55. Journey into spring on Exmoor with nature writer Tim Dee

Meet acclaimed author, naturalist and broadcaster Tim Dee. At this time of year, the heart of springtime in Britain, Tim would normally be exploring his favourite oakwoods on Exmoor and the astonishing birdlife to be found there but, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, he is having to experience autumn in the southern hemisphere instead. Here he relives some of his memories by reading a rather magical chapter of his new book, Greenery: Journeys in Springtime. Listen on for a profoundly beautiful escape. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/05/2018m 36s

54. A gentle nature ramble in rural Dorset – with a magnificent dawn chorus

We head to Dorset this episode with nature writer and angler Kevin Parr to hear a magnificent dawn chorus in his village, tucked away in the hills. Kevin then takes us on his favourite local walk onto a local hill to hear find singing skylarks and stunning views of the Jurassic Coast. Listen out for the surprise finish when Kevin discovers fantastic beasts in his very own garden… It's a perfect escape into the countryside when you can't get there yourself. And don't forget to visit our website for all your countryside needs Image from Getty Images Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/04/2035m 2s

53. Climb into the Brecon Beacons and wander springtime oak woods

Climb a hill into the heart of the Brecon Beacons to encounter sparrowhawks, treecreepers and tangled oak woods full of mystery. Join Fergus Collins for a restorative blast of fresh air, nature and beautiful landscapes as spring bursts into life.Recorded on 30 March, 2020. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/04/2033m 8s

52. Explore the wild ways of Wessex and meet a gentle rural rogue – in a classic book of the countryside

Settle down for a beautiful reading from The Amateur Poacher by Richard Jefferies and go back in time to the Wiltshire downs of the late 19th century. Follow the life of an almost forgotten countryside character, the moucher, a gentle who rogue roams the byways of the countryside finding a living and communing with nature. A total delight. Discover more about Richard Jefferies at https://richardjefferies.org/And for more about the countryside wherever you are visit Countyfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/04/2016m 47s

51. Visit an inspiring community farm near Bristol

Learn about The Community Farm at Chew Magna near Bristol and how it works to create a sustainable, nature friendly farming business that makes money and provides opportunities for work and training for a wide variety of local people. Margaret Bartlett visited to hear the inspiring story. For more information, visit The Community Farm Website Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/04/2040m 35s

50. A gentle springtime stroll along a stream in Monmouthshire

Listen to delightful birdsong at the spring equinox. Fergus Collins wanders along a winding stream through a woodland in his homeland of Monmouthshire picking litter and identifying a variety of birds by their song. A lovely listen if you are currently unable to leave home and explore the countryside. For more information on how to bring the countryside to your home and garden, visit our website countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
31/03/2026m 12s

49. Celebrate spring and the wonderful song of the woodlark on Chobham Common in Surrey

Recorded before the current lockdowns due to Coronavirus, this podcast allows you to take a wild wander across the heathland of Chobham Common in Surrey to hear the fabulous song of the woodlark in all its glory. Welcome in the first songs of spring in the last in the current season of the Countryfile Magazine podcast. We will be back soon to bring a bit of countryside joy to everyone who needs it. Please share Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/03/2045m 1s

48. Enjoy a marvellous otter adventure in Shetland

Otters are elusive, elegant fish hunters but are becoming more common across the UK. But in Shetland, they are seen commonly all round the coast so naturalist James Fair headed to otter central to watch otters with expert John Campbell. And what John doesn't know about otters you could write on the back of a bullhead. Listen on for otter wonders…And if you'd like to find out more about Shetland and its wildlife, please visit our websiteOtter image from Getty Images. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/03/2032m 29s

47. National Park special: what does the future hold?

Join a fascinating discussion with Corinne Pluchino of the Campaign for National Parks looking at how our most famous protected areas are faring and what needs to be done to ensure wild habitats and human inhabitants are provided for in the future. Will the Government follow the recommendations of the Glover Report? Plus, we answer whether the Norfolk question: are the Broads a national park or not? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/03/2031m 54s

46. Take a pilgrimage to an ancient shrine in a remote Welsh valley

Discover the 6th-century saint Melangell who defied a Welsh prince and created a sanctuary for people and wildlife in stunning Cwm Pennant on the edge of Snowdonia. Julie Brominicks takes a pilgrimage across the hills to find the hidden valley – where she meets with the Guardian of the Shrine the Reverend Christine Browne. Julie also encounters a modern threat to the tranquility of this sacred place that parallels the ancient story of Melangell. Image of the Church of Melangell from Getty Images.For more on the Shrine of Melangell, visit here Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/03/2039m 43s

45. A delightful adventure searching for rare truffles deep in the woods

An utterly delightful adventure with truffle hunter Tom Lywood and his dog Tobacco as they track down truffles in a woodland in south-west England. Learn about the ancient art of hunting these rare and much-prized treasures and why they are so special. And be envious of host Annabel Ross as she gets to taste one of nature's greatest treasures. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/02/2037m 32s

44. The quest to find the true source of the Thames continues…

After last episode's adventure finding the official source of the River Thames near Cirencester, the team head north deeper into the Cotswolds in search of the beginnings of the River Churn, which some people believe is the true source of England's greatest river. But there's a further surprise in store. Listen on to find out how they got on. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/02/2017m 6s

43. Search for the true source of the River Thames – a mystery adventure part 1

The River Thames is Britain's most famous river but how many people have actually journeyed to its source? Fergus Collins braves floods and marshes to head upstream into the Cotswolds and track down the very beginnings of what Churchill described as the "golden thread running through our history". But what if the official spring at Thameshead isn't the true source? Listen on to hear a journey of watery discovery. Thank you to Jack Bateman and Hannah Tribe for helping create and produce this podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/02/2043m 55s

42. On the trail of killer whales in Shetland

Shetland is becoming increasingly well known for its killer whale population – learn more about them as travel writer James Fair heads to Shetland mainland to talk to Hugh Harrop of Shetland Wildlife They also chat about the realities of life in winter so far north and other wildlife treasures of these magical isles. We are also pleased to announce that the BBC Countryfile Magazine podcast has been shortlisted for a Publisher Podcast Awards 2020. Image from Getty Images Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/02/2032m 42s

41. Escape to south Devon in the company of broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby

Writer, broadcaster and farmer Jonathan Dimbleby discusses his grand vision for the countryside, his love of horses and hunting and his life on TV and radio, while walking with our own Annabel Ross in the south Devon countryside. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/01/2047m 29s

40. A delightful chat about natural history and fly fishing in the Peak District

Jim Dixon collects and sells classic books on fly fishing from his bookshop in the Peak District town of Bakewell. Angler Andrew Griffiths meets with Jim to discuss the greatest book of fishing and natural history ever written – The Compleat Angler by Isaak Walton. Join them for a delightful chat about fly fishing, natural history and the British countryside Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/01/2023m 12s

39. Should we eat more game? A fascinating discussion at stunning Stourhead in Wiltshire

Meet Annette Woolcock who promotes the eating of game through the organisation Taste of Game. Listen on for a fascinating discussion of the merits of eating wild meat PLUS the pros and cons of shooting in the modern British countryside. You can vote in the Eat Game Awards mentioned in the podcast until 29 February. Editor Fergus Collins hosts this podcast in the wonderful setting of the National Trust's Stourhead Estate in Wiltshire. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/01/2031m 30s

38. Take a stunning clifftop walk along the Glamorgan Coast

Escape the stress of daily life for a taste of fresh air and unusual wildlife with a wild winter walk along the clifftops of Glamorgan. Join Fergus Collins in a walk from Dunraven Bay to Monknash on a glorious Friday in early winter to encounter coughs, kestrels, gulls and the heartening song of the sea. For more information on the countryside and BBC Countryfile Magazine, visit countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/01/2033m 42s

Season 4 of the BBC Countryfile Magazine Podcast is coming soon!

Listen out for the start of season 4 on 7 January 2020. Here's a quick taste of what to expect… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/01/201m 4s

37. It's the Christmas special – our round up of the best of 2019!

Join us for a gentle chat with the team at BBC Countryfile Magazine discussing the best wild experiences of 2019, what we would change about the countryside if we could and what makes the perfect Christmas present for lovers of the green outdoors. We'll be back with Season 4 of the podcast on 7 January 2020. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/12/1952m 20s

36. A tranquil ramble along the River Usk in autumn

Listen to the song of the River Usk in autumn as you follow editor Fergus Collins on a gentle ramble through a recently flooded landscape to find wildfowl, waders and other creature. Plus, discover a blood-soaked story of treachery hidden in a peaceful riverside earthwork.This is the last of the series in season 4. We'll be returning with more podcasts in January 2020. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/11/1939m 51s

35. Wander the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall with Tim Smit

Explore the wonderful Lost Gardens of Heligan with its finder and restorer Tim Smit (who also established the Eden Project). Prepare yourself for some entertaining surprises as Tim discovers some of the more unusual produce of the magical vegetable garden. Tim is talking to Annabel Ross. You can find out more about the Lost Gardens by visiting the website Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/11/1935m 38s

34. Spend a night on a remote Shetland island listening to seabirds

Naturalist James Fair heads to the island of Mousa to experience an eerie and wonderful wildlife encounter: life inside a colony of storm petrels . These sparrow-sized seabirds nest among the stones of an Iron Age fortress and await the return of their mate each evening after a day's fishing. James also speaks to local boatman and wildlife expert Rodney Smith of the Mousa Boat https://www.mousa.co.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/10/1916m 58s

33. Find tranquility with a mindful autumn walk in the Forest of Dean

Take a wander through the autumn glades of the RSPB's Nagshead Nature Reserve in the company of Sarah Orme from In the Moment magazine to talk about mindfulness and how nature can provide us with the head space to cope with the stresses of modern life. However, there is an unexpected wildlife encounter to get the heart racing! In the Moment produce a brilliant podcast themselves talking to people from all walks of life about finding calmness and improving mental health. Thank you for listening! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/10/1938m 30s

32. Relax with a Cotswold wildlife ramble and hear how wind and solar may provide all of the UK's future energy needs

Take an autumnal ramble with Simon Pickering, naturalist and ecological advisor to the green energy company Ecotricity. As we wander through restored wildflower meadows, Simon describes how wind, solar and aerobic digestion can supply all of Britain's energy needs in the future. For more about the British countryside, great walks and the latest rural news visit our action-packed website countryfile.com Cover photo by Alex Tyler Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/10/1941m 1s

31. Take a woodland walk to learn bushcraft, tracking and survival skills in the National Forest

Take a fascinating woodland walk with Lisa Fenton, a tracker, forager and bushcraft expert who can read the stories of a woodland. Here she talks to our own Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough at the Timber Festival in the National Forest in Leicestershire. Find out more at timber festival.org.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
08/10/1944m 37s

30. Explore Bear Wood near Bristol, where wolves, lynx AND bears roam an ancient woodland

Bear Wood, part of Bristol's Wild Place is the location of a surprising new project where bears, wolves, lynx and wolverines will be allowed to roam free in a vast enclosure of deciduous woodland as would once have done in Britain's ancient past. Our own Daniel Graham explored the new attraction in the company of Will and others from the Wild Place project. And don't forget to visit our website countryfile.com for everything you want to know and more about the British countryside. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/10/1920m 11s

29. Find inner calm with green woodworker Peter Wood in the National Forest

Peter Wood creates beautiful furniture from natural materials using traditional skills and tools. Our own Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough joins him at the Timber Festival in the National Forest in Leicestershire to watch him teach others to learn this deeply satisfying woodland craft. Find out more about the British countryside at countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/09/1922m 59s

28. Meet the local vicar who saved the town of Whaley Bridge from a bursting dam

In early August, storms and exceptionally heavy rain overloaded a reservoir about the town of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire – but it was the local vicar Father Jamie Macleod who first spotted the danger, raised the alarm and led the community response. He talks to our own Andrew Griffiths about these few summer days of epic drama. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/09/1917m 47s

27. Digging for ancient relics in the mountains of West Wales

Come with us to the Cambrian Mountains in Ceredigion in West Wales to the ruined Cistercian abbey of Strata Florida. Here locals historians are setting up an archaeology school where anyone can come along and dig among the 800-year-old ruins to help them build a better picture of this beautiful, mysterious and important site for Welsh culture and politics. So enjoy a day of treasure hunting deep in medieval Wales. For more on the British countryside, please visit countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/09/1932m 37s

26. Can we manage our woodlands without machines? Meet the horse-logger and his four-legged sidekick

Stuart Freeman and his horse Breeze work closely together to manage woodlands where big machines are impractical or cause too much damage. It's a charming story about our woods, wildlife and the friendship between one man and his horse – as told to Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough at the Timber Festival this summer in Leicestershire. For more on the British countryside, please visit our website countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/09/1929m 28s

25. Enter the mysterious world of the river with film-maker Jack Perks

Jack Perks is the first man to film or photograph every one of the UK's 54 species of freshwater fish. In this episode, we go fish watching with him on the River Frome and meet a host of wild creature, learn how he found and filmed all these elusive animals and discover some of the stranger 'fisherman's tales' from his adventures. This is the first of 12 episode in season 3. Find out more on countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
27/08/1938m 53s

Season 3 is coming: trailer!

Listen out for the start of season 3 on 27 August. Here's a quick taste of what to expect… Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/08/191m 6s

24. A delightful chat with comedian Paul Whitehouse about his new fishing series with Bob Mortimer

Gone Fishing with Mortimer and Whitehouse was a surprise hit in 2017 – and now they're back for a second series to discuss life, death… and fish.Paul Whitehouse talks about why a series about "two old gits sitting on a riverbank" has been so popular and reveals a few secrets and funnies from the forthcoming series. The series begins in August 2019. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
23/07/1938m 36s

23. Discover the glorious sounds of an English summer on Martin Down in Hampshire

Is Martin Down on the Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset border the best nature reserve in England for spring and summer wildlife? Editor Fergus Collins thinks so – he spends one fabulous evening wandering through orchid-filled meadows and serenaded by skylarks. Plus, listen out for an extraordinary encounter…For more on Martin Down, visit here Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/07/1929m 32s

22. Exploring the beaches of north Somerset and tackling the menace of litter

The Countryfile Magazine team head out to the coast at Clevedon in North Somerset to tackle the menace of litter and help launch the litter heroes campaign led by Julia Bradbury and The Outdoor Guide . Meet great local characters changing the countryside for the better and enjoy a gentle day by the sea. For more on the Litter Heroes campaign and how you can make a difference, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/07/1926m 22s

21. Take a Lake District walk with Dave Willis to discover the art of outdoors photography

High on a Lake District peak, outdoors photographer Dave Willis discusses what makes a great photograph, tips for improving your own shots of the countryside and how to make it as a professional photographer in the digital age. For more on the British countryside, please visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/07/1915m 57s

20. In search of the lake monster of Llangorse in the Brecon Beacons

Surrounded by mountains, woods and meadows, Llangorse is Wales' most beautiful natural lake – but do its depths hide a secret? Fergus Collins goes in search of a mystery monster and discovers a watery wildlife paradise thronging with birdsong. But just what is 'Gorsey'?For more on the British countryside, please visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
25/06/1932m 20s

19. Discover tasty treats to forage from the hedgerow. Part 2 of our foraging special with Adele Nozedar

Part 2 of Adele Nozedar's wise and wonderful foraging walk in the Brecon Beacons in Monmouthshire. Learn the edible and medicinal uses of many common wayside flowers and other plants and listen to funny and curious tales from folklore. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
18/06/1928m 8s

18. A brilliant day's foraging in Monmouthshire with naturalist Adele Nozedar: Part 1

Adele Nozedar shares wonderful stories and wisdom about edible wild plants while wondering through a Monmouthshire meadow.This is part one of a joyful two-part podcast with a wonderfully wise country woman – you'll learn a huge amount of folklore and the practical uses as food and medicine of many common plants. For more information, please visit https://www.countryfile.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11/06/1924m 46s

17. Wander a Gloucestershire wood at night in search of nightingales

Take a night-time nature ramble through a Gloucestershire woodland in the company of Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins and wildlife-writer James Fair in the hope of hearing a nightingale. Plus, discover the best wildlife experiences you can have in the UK.For more information, visit our website https://www.countryfile.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
04/06/1935m 32s

16. Why our National Parks desperately need more wildlife

Andrew Hall from the charity Campaign For National Parks says our most famous protected areas aren't doing enough for nature. He reveals a plan for how they can be reformed to become strongholds for the nation's wildlife and be revitalised for the people living and farming there, too. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/05/1923m 15s

15. How a lucky date led Sally Urwin to leave the city to become a farmer

Meet Sally Urwin who met a farmer on a dating website and ended up leaving her dead-end marketing job in the city to run his farm in the wilds of Northumberland. She's written a book about her experiences and reveals the big challenges she's faced – especially as she describes herself as "Britain's shortest farmer". For everything you need to know about the British countryside, please visit https://www.countryfile.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
21/05/1923m 8s

14. In search of King Arthur's England – with military historian Jim Storr

Following on episode 1's walk on the mysterious Wansdyke in Wiltshire, we talk to military historian Jim Storr, author of King Arthur's Wars, to discuss his intriguing theory as to why England is criss-crossed with ancient linear earthworks. Plus, we discover the real location of the mythical Camelot. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/05/1929m 52s

13. Explore a mysterious ancient site in Wiltshire – plus amazing spring birdsong

Roam the woods and downs of ancient Wiltshire in search of the Wansdyke – the Hadrian's Wall of southern England dug in Arthurian times to defend the south west from Saxon attackers. Plus enjoy glorious birdsong and butterflies as spring truly emerges on this glorious escape into beautiful British countryside. For everything you need to know about the British countryside, visit countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/05/1933m 4s

12. Listen to how nature and the countryside heals body and mind

Artist and naturalist Emma Mitchell talks about how she uses natural materials and inspiration from walks in the countryside to craft beautiful things. She also highlights the powerful healing power of nature for mental and physical health issues. Find more from Emma on Instagram at silverpebble2 and on Twitter @silverpebble Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/04/1934m 9s

11. Pilgrimages and parish churches – a podcast for Easter with Dr Emma Wells

This Easter, medieval historian Dr Emma Wells discusses great historic walks across the countryside: pilgrimages to holy sites and how we can follow these amazing journeys today. Plus she talks about the enduring value of visiting parish churches when we're out in the countryside Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/04/1928m 22s

10. Nick Baker tackles big rural issues plus shares his love of swifts and scones

TV naturalist Nick Baker talks about the best and worst things he's seen in the British countryside – plus he tackles the town versus country debate, celebrates the wonder of swifts and discusses the BIG scone question: jam or cream first… And there's so much more.Find out more about the British countryside from latest news stories to great walks at countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
02/04/1924m 55s

9. Naturalist Nick Baker on sharks, rural heroes and which animal he'd like to be! Part 2 of 3

Part two of our hugely entertaining discussion with TV naturalist Nick Baker. In this episode, he talks about which British animal he'd like to be, his rural heroes and an extraordinary encounter with the world's second largest fish – plus so much more.Find our more about the British countryside and the subjects Nick talks about at countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/03/1919m 18s

8. Nick Baker talks countryside, wildlife and favourite music part 1 of 3

A joyful chat with TV naturalist Nick Baker about the wonders of wildlife, his connections with the countryside and favourite things to do outside. This is part one of three chats with Nick – all are unmissable treats.And to find walks, holidays and information on the Countryfile TV programme, visit countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/03/1921m 56s

7. Meet owls and wild geese in the wilds of Lancashire's Ribble Estuary

Enjoy a late winter wander through the Ribble Estuary National Nature Reserve taking in RSPB Hesketh Out Marsh and Marshside reserves and enjoy the evocative calls and songs of waders, wildfowl and even an owl. And to find more countryside walks, great holidays and exclusive information on the Countryfile TV programme, visit countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/03/1937m 41s

6. Roam the magical marshes of the Gwent Levels – with surprise wildlife encounters

Explore the watery wonders of South Wales and roam the wildflower-rich meadows in the company of Gwent Wildlife Trust. Plus, hear about a major threat to the Levels from a proposed M4 relief road. We also hear from the Welsh Government on why they want to build the new road.And to find walks, holidays and information on the Countryfile TV programme, visit countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/03/1926m 24s

5. Rewilding is vital for our wildlife AND good for farmers says Alastair Driver of Rewilding Britain

Our natural world is in trouble and Rewilding Britain's Alastair Driver of Rewilding Britain argues that we must recreate wildlife-rich habitats on a huge scale and reintroduce lost species – and that this will be good for landowners and local people, too. Hear his impassioned argument here. And don't forget to visit countryfile.com for walks, adventures in the outdoors, wildlife stories and much, much more Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
26/02/1928m 45s

4. Farmer Dafydd Morris Jones argues against rewilding his native Cambrian Mountains.

Rewilding the countryside by restoring habitats and reintroducing key species is seen by many conservationists as the best way to restore Britain's depleted nature – but not everyone is happy with the idea. Sheep farmer Dafydd Morris Jones argues passionately against rewilding in his native Cambrian Mountains, saying that it threatens Welsh culture – what do you think? And in the next episode we hear the case for rewilding from Alastair Driver of Rewilding Britain. Don't forget to visit countryfile.com for walks, stories and debates about the countryside Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/02/1925m 36s

3. She sings to sheep! Meet the sheep-farming opera singer Gwawr Edwards

As lambing season approaches, acclaimed soprano Gwawr Edwards talks about growing up on farm in the Welsh hills and how she practises by singing to the sheep – plus she sings a Puccini aria (courtesy of Gwawr's record label Sain)! You can read more about Gwawr in the April edition of BBC Countryfile Magazine, on sale from 5 March. And to find walks, holidays and information on the Countryfile TV programme, visit countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12/02/1933m 56s

2. Go birdwatching in Somerset with Mike Dilger

Head to Chew Valley Lake in north Somerset in the company of BBC naturalist and enthusiastic birder Mike Dilger in search of wildfowl and waders – and also meet his lovely Border Collie Bramble. Find out more about the wonders of the countryside and its wildlife with BBC Countryfile Magazine at countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/02/1915m 11s

1. A quest to find the real Watership Down - in Hampshire

You've seen the film and read the book, now explore the real landscapes of Watership Down. Escape with Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins to the beautiful and mysterious hills of north Hampshire in search of wildlife, ancient history and very famous rabbits Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
29/01/1937m 39s

Exploring Britain's most beautiful river – the River Dove

Take a stroll along a Peak District river in the company of Andrew Griffiths and meet local people with a passion for protecting their local – and very famous – waterway Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
07/09/1814m 1s

Discover how a great Peak District river is being restored to life

The Peak District's River Dove has been blighted by dozens of artificial weirs. Andrew Griffiths talks to local people about what can be done to bring the sparkle back to this famous trout stream Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/08/188m 45s

Look for the first signs of spring in Silent Valley in South Wales

Wander Silent Valley national nature reserve listening to spring birdsong and looking for other signs of the new season with Countryfile Magazine's Fergus Collins and Rebecca Ward from the Gwent Wildlife Trust Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
15/03/1819m 28s

"How a tick bite changed my life," reveals England rugby legend Matt Dawson

England rugby world cup winner Matt Dawson talks to editor Fergus Collins about how he contracted lyme disease from a tick – and the drastic effect on his health. Photo by Oliver Edwards Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
13/11/1718m 17s

Why woodburning stoves are better than open fires

Woodsman Vincent Thurkettle reveals why wood burning stoves are so much more efficient then open fires when you want to heat your house. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/11/167m 57s

Which firewood is best to use in a domestic fire or stove?

Forester and wood fire expert Vincent Thurkettle reveals the best wood species for using in a domestic fire Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28/11/1611m 18s

TV naturalist Mike Dilger on his new book Nightingales In November

Naturalist and One Show regular Mike Dilger talks about his new book – and all things wild and beautiful – with Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
16/05/1617m 43s

Let's talk about Britain's woodlands – with forester Vincent Thurkettle

Woodsman Vincent Thurkettle talks about Britain's woodlands in the 21st century with editor Fergus Collins. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
20/04/1614m 39s

Enjoy a chat with bushcraft expert Ray Mears

In this podcast we hear from bushcraft expert, survivalist, author and TV presenter Ray Mears . To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
19/01/168m 53s

Search for the earliest signs of spring in the Brecon Beacons

Search for the earliest signs of spring in the Brecon Beacons with BBC Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/03/1513m 12s

Enjoy a glorious dawn chorus in the Brecon Beacons

Find it hard to get up to listen to the dawn chorus? Then follow editor Fergus Collins on a three-hour walk listening to birdsong on the Blorenge Mountain in Monmouthshire. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/06/1419m 36s

How to get the family out into the countryside – plus rural news stories

The BBC Countryfile Magazine team talk about their March 2014 issue, the latest rural news stories and ideas for getting the whole family out and about in the British countryside. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
14/03/1421m 52s

Springwatch presenter Martin Hughes Games reveals behind the scenes secrets

BBC Springwatch presenter Martin Hughes Games joins editor Fergus and the team in the studio, to talk about the secret life of rabbits, how bats have babies and how he broke into the world of wildlife TV. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/06/1235m 34s

Countryfile's Matt Baker talks sheepdogs and Jules Hudson learns ancient skills

This month, Countryfile’s Matt Baker talks about his bizarre methods for training sheepdogs, fellow presenter Jules Hudson learns prehistoric skills in Worcestershire, and Abigail Whyte walks and scoffs with the Pudding Club in the Cotswolds. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
03/03/1124m 9s

Jules Hudson explores the Preseli Hills, plus the art of wassailing

This month Countryfile’s Jules Hudson discovers a new way of walking and an ancient landscape in Pembrokeshire’s Preseli Hills, while BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Vernon Harwood indulges in one of England’s oldest January traditions – wassailing the apple trees to ensure a good crop of cider this autumn. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
17/01/1116m 29s

Join a pub quiz and visit the Somerset Levels to see dancing starlings

This month the team challenge you to the Countryfile Magazine Pub Quiz, while editor Fergus goes in search of one of Britain’s most breathtaking winter spectacles: hundreds of thousands of starlings swirling above the Somerset Levels. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
01/12/1027m 30s

Discover Britain's most romantic ruins and roam the Yorkshire Wolds

This month the team challenge you to find Britain’s most romantic ruin and discuss the ones that got away, while editor Fergus explores a magical market town deep in the Yorkshire Wolds. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
22/10/1022m 18s

Countryfile Magazine: Waterways special

The team discuss Britain’s most enticing waterways and riverside experiences. A fly fishing expert shares tips on how to catch grayling and trout on the River Severn and a real life witch from Stratford-upon-Avon gives an insight into rural witchcraft today. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
05/10/1028m 4s

Discover a year in the life of a gamekeeper

This month the team discuss extreme challenges verses leisurely British breaks and pick their favourite features from the August issue, from Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall to the fate of the Cuckmere Valley. Plus, gamekeeper John Cowan shares a rare insight into his profession. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
09/08/1025m 21s

Explore the mysterious Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire

This month, the team discuss the brand new Easter issue of Countryfile magazine and magazine editor Fergus heads out into rural Wiltshire to explore the ancient landscapes of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
24/03/1020m 59s

Talking about how BBC Countryfile Magazine helps you explore the British countryside

It's a return of the Countryfile Magazine podcast as we celebrate the 400th Countryfile Magazine route card. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10/02/1011m 16s
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