Stephen Moss

A Guide to Coastal Wildlife
  • A Guide to Coastal Wildlife

  • An entertaining guide to some of our commonest and most curious coastal wildlife.

    Brett Westwood is joined by naturalist Phil Gates in this informative and entertaining guide to a variety of common coastal wildlife. Recorded in early summer along the coast of Northumberland, each programme focuses on a different habitat – rock pools, sandy beaches, sea cliffs, strandlines and mudflats adjoining saltmarshes.

    The series offers helpful advice on the appearance, behaviourand sounds of some of the typical species you’re likely to find around Britain's coast. Brett and Phil peel back the seaweed, clamber across rocks and sift through mud to examine the plants and animals that make this environment their home, and discuss how they’ve adapted to survive and thrive in some of the most hostile coastal habitats.

    A Guide to Coastal Wildlife will give listeners the confidence to identify everything from sea squirts to sandhoppers and from marram grass to mud shrimps. It will appeal to the complete novice and to more experienced naturalists who want to learn more about our fascinating and diverse coastal wildlife. Duration: 1 hour 15 mins approx

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]