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The BBC Natural History Unit produces a wide range of programmes that aim to immerse a listener in the wonder, surprise and importance that nature has to offer.

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The BBC Natural History Unit produces a wide range of programmes that aim to immerse a listener in the wonder, surprise and importance that nature has to offer.
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-06-04 12:50
last episode published
2019-05-23 10:57
publication frequency
9.14 days
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Number of Episodes
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23.05.2019

Planet Puffin. Episode 3: Grovelling for Pufflings

Becky and Emily find themselves deep in a game of puffin roulette, all in the name of science. They go grovelling underground into puffin burrows to count how many chicks have been laid in this year's breeding season and the pufflings' protective paren...
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15.05.2019

Planet Puffin. Episode 2 The Puffins’ Return

Emily Knight & Becky Ripley, from Blue Planet II: The Podcast, explore the Scottish puffin paradise where they’ll be following breeding season in #planetpuffin. In episode 2 the duo stake out in a hide on the Isle of May to monitor how many puffins...
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15.05.2019

Planet Puffin. Episode 1 Island Life

Emily Knight & Becky Ripley, from Blue Planet II: The Podcast, drop anchor at Scotland’s Ilse of May as the puffins return after a winter at sea and the year’s breeding season is getting under way. They meet reserve manager Steely for a tour arou...
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15.05.2019

Welcome to Planet Puffin

Follow the fortunes of a Scottish puffin colony across this year’s breeding season with Emily Knight & Becky Ripley, from Blue Planet II: The Podcast, in #planetpuffin
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31.03.2019

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

The eider duck, known locally as "Cuddy's" duck, is regarded as the first bird in the world to have been given conservation protection, when St Cuthbert offered the eider duck sanctuary on the Farne Islands in the seventh century. Today, they breed in ...
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25.03.2019

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Hares

We all know about the myth of the Mad March Hare, but what is the background to it? Is there any biological reason for the name? Lionel Kelleway meets Gill Turner, who has observed the behaviour of brown hares since the late 1990's to explore this ques...
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25.03.2019

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Hares

We all know about the myth of the Mad March Hare, but what is the background to it? Is there any biological reason for the name? Lionel Kelleway meets Gill Turner, who has observed the behaviour of brown hares since the late 1990's to explore this ques...
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21.03.2019

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Bobby Tulloch

In the 50 years of Living World has traveled across almost every corner of the British Isles, sometimes it is a contributor rather than the wildlife which attracts attention. In this Living World from 1974 Peter France headed up to Shetland to meet the...
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17.03.2019

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Bobby Tulloch

In the 50 years of Living World has traveled across almost every corner of the British Isles, sometimes it is a contributor rather than the wildlife which attracts attention. In this Living World from 1974 Derek Jones headed up to Shetland to meet the ...
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11.03.2019

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Stoats

One of our most engaging mustelids, the stoat is the subject of this Living World from 2003. Normally stoats are more often only seen in open countryside dashing across open ground and out of sight. Yet in North Yorkshire stoats have made their home cl...
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3.03.2019

Lindsay Chapman's Living World from the Archives - The Green Isle

The Island of Islay is probably best known for the production of fine peaty whiskies. Yet each winter thousands of geese and other northern birds find refuge on this Scottish island. It also has Britain's most thriving colony our rarest corvid the chou...
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30.12.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Wild Boar

The wild boar has had a checkered history in the British countryside. This once native species was hunted out of existence in the 13th Century and despite a number of reintroductions finally disappeared from our fauna in the 17th Century. And for the n...
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23.12.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Winter Ravens

The raven is both agile and majestic in flight but shrouded in mystery, superstition and folk law. How was it that our biggest member of the crow family, a bird once protected as an important scavenger in ancient times, was then persecuted almost to ex...
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16.12.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Caledonian Pine forest

Standing next to a tree which was likely a sapling when wolves roamed freely in Scotland is a humbling experience. And so it was that Lionel Kelleway began this Living world from 2002. Joining Lionel next to a venerable 'granny tree' is renowned natura...
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9.12.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Avocet

As the logo of the RSPB, the slender black and white avocet is a familiar bird in winter on the river Exe in Devon, but not in the summer. By the mid Victorian era the avocet had all but stopped breeding in Britain and it was not until 1947 that the fi...
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21.10.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Dungerness

The shifting shingle world of Dungeness is a remarkable place. There are four internationally important shingle peninsula’s in the World. Two in Germany, one in America, (Cape Canaveral) and yes you've guessed it, Dungeness in Kent. The unique landscap...
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14.10.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - The Oak Tree Planters

The jay is one of Britain’s most colourful birds. A kaleidoscope of fawns, pinks, greys, black and white, alongside striking blue wing patches which, if you’re lucky enough to get close to see, alter in graduated shades of blue and prove unmistakable i...
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7.10.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Underwater Architects

Today’s fashion for self-built homes may have started a few decades ago, but for nearly 200 million years, a family of insects have been quietly developing their own, des res. Depending on where you come from, they are sometimes known as ‘straw worms’,...
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30.09.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - The World's Largest Slug

In this episode, Lindsey Chapman will bring this story up to date since this episode was first broadcast in 2008, offering some up to date thoughts on all things molluscan. It is not often on the Living World that the largest or biggest of any speci...
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23.09.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Hen Harrier

Ghosts of the Moor are how the pale grey male hen harrier is sometimes referred to as it glides seemingly without effort across an upland landscape. To find out more and to revel in actually seeing a hen harrier on the wing, in this episode Brett Westw...
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1.07.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Blackbirds

Possibly our most familiar songster,a blackbird singing high up on a rooftop is one of the real pleasures of living cheek by jowl with the natural world. These woodland edge members of the thrush family have over centuries become a garden specialist, e...
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24.06.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Woolston Eyes

Often we think of nature reserves are a product of preserving pristine or unique habitat for wildlife. Yet many nature reserves are products of reclaiming man made activity and letting nature take its course, with a little help. For this Living World w...
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17.06.2018

Chris Packham celebrates Tweet of the Day

The thought of spring without Springwatch on the BBC would be unthinkable, and Springwatch without it's erudite host Chris Packham likewise. Chris has also been a long time supporter of another BBC institution on Radio 4, Tweet of the Day, first presen...
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17.06.2018

Lindsey Chapman's Living World From the Archives - Catch the Pigeon

The humble pigeon is an often overlooked bird. We pass by it often without a second glance as we rush along our busy city streets, but if we stop and wonder, how does the pigeon know where it is and how does it get from A to B? This episode from 200...
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10.06.2018

Living World From the Archives - The Machair Of The Western Isles

The machair is a unique coastal grassland, rich in wildflowers, that form one of the rarest habitats in Europe, and for this Living World wildlife presenter Lindsay Chapman relives the magic of this man made but fragile landscape which Brett Westwood e...
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25.03.2018

Living World from the Archives - Celtic Rainforest

High in the hills of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, can be found a rare and fascinating habitat. We all know of the importance of the Tropical Rainforests, however these Celtic Rainforests are in a way even rarer, with Britain being home to most...
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25.03.2018

Living World from the Archives - The Celtic Rainforest

High in the hills of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, can be found a rare and fascinating habitat. We all know of the importance of the Tropical Rainforests, however these Celtic Rainforests are in a way even rarer, with Britain being home to most...
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18.03.2018

Living World from the Archives - Essex Geese

Around 100,000 dark bellied brent geese head to Britain every winter to escape the extreme cold weather of their arctic breeding grounds in Russia. Britain is therefore an important wintering ground for these geese with many thousands heading to the Es...
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18.03.2018

Living World from the Archives - Essex Geese

Around 100,000 dark bellied brent geese head to Britain every winter to escape the extreme cold weather of their arctic breeding grounds in Russia. Britain is therefore an important wintering ground for these geese with many thousands heading to the Es...
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11.03.2018

Living World from the Archives - A Starling Eruption

The famous evening murmuration, fantastic formations of huge flocks of starlings coming in to roost, brings hundreds of visitors to the levels each winter. But far fewer people see the spectacle of the dawn eruption when the starlings take off en masse...
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11.03.2018

Living World from the Archives - A Starling Eruption

The famous evening murmuration, fantastic formations of huge flocks of starlings coming in to roost, brings hundreds of visitors to the levels each winter. But far fewer people see the spectacle of the dawn eruption when the starlings take off en masse...
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4.03.2018

Living World from the Archives - Snowdrops

There are 19 species of the wild snowdrop in the world, all in the genus Galanthus. Wild snowdrops are found across much of Europe from Spain to the Caucasus , with Turkey being a hot spot for these 'milk flowers', but they are not found in Britain. Wh...
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7.01.2018

Living World from the Archives - Mountain Hares

The Mountain Hare, sometimes called the Arctic or Blue Hare, is a native of Scotland but to most people's surprise a colony also live in England. Brett Westwood relives programmes from The Living World archives. This episode from 2005 Sarah Pitt he...
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31.12.2017

Alison Steadman - The Twelve Tweets of Christmas

Alison Steadman presents a personal selection of birds in the Twelve Tweets of Christmas
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31.12.2017

Living World from the Archives - Winter Ponds

Brett Westwood relives programmes from the Living World archives. This episode from 2012 sees Miranda Krestovnikoff with Jeremy Biggs then from Pond Conservation (now known as Freshwater Habitats Trust) for a special Living world devoted to the ponds o...
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24.12.2017

Living World from the Archives - Ancient Holly

Brett Westwood relives programmes from the Living World archives. In this episode from 2011 Joanna Pinnock travels up to the Stiperstone Hills of Shropshire where she meets up with Sara Bellis and Carl Pickup from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust at a rem...
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17.12.2017

Living World from the Archives - Godwits

Black-tailed godwits are an elegant long legged bird about the size of a pigeon. In the summer they are found in the arctic where the Icelandic race of this species then migrates to Britain to spend the winter in relatively warmer weather. For this wee...
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22.10.2017

Living World from the Archives - Sika Deer

Brett Westwood relives programmes from 50 years of the Living World archives. In this episode from 2009, Lionel Kelleway is in Dorset with Dr Anita Diaz from Bournemouth University, for the sika deer rut. Lionel heads to Purbeck in Dorset with Dr An...
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15.10.2017

Living World from the Archives - Mellow Fruitfulness

Brett Westwood relives programmes from 50 years of the Living World archives. In this episode from 1988 Peter France is on the South Downs with ecologist David Streeter. Hips haws and honeysuckle berries enliven the hedgerows. On the ground toadstoo...
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8.10.2017

Living World from the Archives - The Late Arrivals

Brett Westwood relives programmes from the Living World archives, this week an episode from 2008. More familiar in our gardens and parks, the red admiral butterfly is found throughout the British Isles and is one of the highlights of the butterfly ...
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1.10.2017

Living World from the Archives - Hamsterley Forest

Brett Westwood relives programmes from The Living World archives. In this episode from 1991 Michael Scott travels to Country Durham where in Hamsterley Forest he meets botanist David Bellamy and Ranger Brian Walker on a tour of the area. A combinat...
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24.09.2017

Living World from the Archives - Waxcap Grasslands

Brett Westwood relives programmes from the Living World archives. In this 2011 episode Paul Evans joins Bruce Langridge from the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Dr Gareth Griffiths, a mycologist from Aberystwyth University on a fungal foray with a...
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19.08.2017

Bone Stories : Ben Garrod Reveals Five Bone Stories

First broadcast on Radio 4 as a five part series, evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod follows a trail of five clues, beginning with a bone or skeleton and leading to a series of fascinating revelations. Brought together into one single episode, Ben f...
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18.08.2017

Bone Stories : (Episode 5 of 5) Man-eating Tiger

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod stares into the jaws of a man-eating tiger and learns how samples from the bones are providing vital evidence in understanding the role of predation on our evolutionary behaviour. Were our early ancestors primarily hun...
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17.08.2017

Bone Stories : (Episode 4 of 5) Dodo

The Dodo is byword for extinction, or at least it has been. Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod discovers how the skeletal remains of this extinct bird may hold the key to life beyond the grave and that extinction could be a thing of the past.
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16.08.2017

Bone Stories : (Episode 3 of 5) the Mary Rose Archer

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod tries his hand at pulling a medieval long bow and discovers how studies of the skeletons of the archers who sank with the Mary Rose could help patients with dyspraxia.
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15.08.2017

Bone Stories : (Episode 2 of 5) West Runton Mammoth

Evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod heads to a Norfolk beach to hear how a raging storm led to the discovery of one of the oldest mammoth skeletons ever to have been found in the UK and the best preserved skeleton of this species in the world. The skele...
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14.08.2017

Bone Stories : (Episode 1 of 5) The Irish Giant

Evolutionary Biologist Ben Garrod follows a trail of clues beginning with a bone or skeleton and leading to a fascinating revelation. In this programme, Ben explores the link between an 18th century skeleton in the Hunterian Museum and Brendan Holland ...
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9.07.2017

Living World from the Archives - Glow Worms

Brett Westwood relives programmes from The Living World archives. In this episode from 2013, Chris Sperring is in Buckinghamshire with Robin Scagell on a glow worm safari.
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2.07.2017

Living World from the Archives - The Shell Nesting Bee

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