Brett Westwood

A Complete Guide To British Birds
  • A Complete Guide To British Birds

  • All six of BBC Radio 4's entertaining and practical guides to the birds of Great Britain, their habitats and their sounds

    'An absolute joy from start to finish' Jane Anderson, Radio Times

    Presenter Brett Westwood joins forces with BAFTA award-winning producer and naturalist Stephen Moss for six delightful and informative series, introducing us to some of Britain's most popular and best-loved birds.

    Together with wildlife sound recordist Chris Moss, they tour the UK, tracking down the rich variety of species that make their home there - from garden and woodland birds to ones that live on water, by the coast, on farms and in the mountains and moors. Recorded on location in Somerset, the Forest of Dean, Devonshire, the Marlborough Downs and Shropshire's Long Mynd, each programme focuses on a different habitat and type of bird, giving us a comprehensive overview of British avian life.

    There's a wealth of advice on how to recognise birds from their appearance, and identify them from their songs and calls - enabling you to easily sort out your Blue Tits from your Great Tits, and your House Sparrows from your Tree Sparrows. Brett and Stephen also share fascinating facts about bird behaviour, revealing that playful jackdaws enjoy doing acrobatics in air currents, and ravens love to 'ski' in the snow.

    Full of useful information and helpful tips, this box set will appeal to novice and experienced birdwatchers alike, as well as gardeners, walkers, ramblers and anyone who is keen to know more about the beautiful birds of the British Isles.

    Copyright © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd. ? 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    Presented by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss
    Sound recordist: Chris Watson
    Produced by Julian Hector
    Series producer: Sarah Blunt

    A Guide to Garden Birds
    Episode 1 Thrushes 22 May 2007
    Episode 2 Titmice 29 May 2007
    Episode 3 Finches 5 June 2007
    Episode 4 Woodland Visitors 12 June 2007
    Episode 5 House Guests 19 June 2007

    A Guide to Woodland Birds
    Episode 1 Classic Woodland Birds 25 May 2008
    Episode 2 Common Warblers 1 June 2008
    Episode 3 The Oakwood Trio 8 June 2008
    Episode 4 Conifer Specialists 15 June 2008
    Episode 5 The Big Stuff 22 June 2008

    A Guide to Water Birds
    Episode 1 Wet Meadow Waders 31 May 2009
    Episode 2 Ducks 7 June 2009
    Episode 3 Warblers 14 June 2009
    Episode 4 Rails 21 June 2009
    Episode 5 River Birds 28 June 2009

    A Guide to Coastal Birds
    Episode 1 Estuaries 8 August 2010
    Episode 2 Sandy Shores 15 August 2010
    Episode 3 Rocky Shores 22 August 2010
    Episode 4 Sea Cliffs 29 August 2010
    Episode 5 Offshore Islands 5 September 2010

    A Guide to Farmland Birds
    Episode 1 Arable Fields 15 August 2011
    Episode 2 Winter Pastures 16 August 2011
    Episode 3 Hedgerows 17 August 2011
    Episode 4 Copses 18 August 2011
    Episode 5 Farmyards 19 August 2011

    A Guide to Mountain and Moorland Birds
    Episode 1 Heather Moors 7 January 2013
    Episode 2 Cliffs and Crags 8 January 2013
    Episode 3 Upland Grasslands 9 January 2013
    Episode 4 Bogs and Mires 10 January 2013
    Episode 5 High Mountain Tops 11 January 2013

Brett Westwood is a radio presenter and author, specialising in natural history. He regularly presents episodes of BBC Radio 4's series The Living World and Nature, as well as his own short series, several of which are available from the BBC website. He is a co-presenter with Phillipa Forrester of World on the Move, a BBC Radio 4 series that started in 2008 on migration in the animal kingdom. He is active in the West Midland Bird Club, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, and for the Worcestershire Biological Records Centre, which all cover the area around his home town of Stourbridge. On 2 June 2015, Westwood presented the first in a 25-week series, Natural Histories, made in partnership with London's Natural History Museum. The 30-minute programmes set out to tell 'the stories of 25 species that have managed to get under the skin of human society and change the way we see the world.' [source: Wikipedia] Stephen Moss is a British natural historian, birder, author and television producer. He is best known for producing wildlife series, many of them presented by Bill Oddie. In 2009, he was one of the first recipients of the British Trust for Ornithology's Dilys Breese Medal, at a ceremony at the House of Lords. [source: Wikipedia]

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