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Go Wild
  • Go Wild

  • 22 BBC radio programmes celebrating the great outdoors, introduced by Harriet Noble

    Spending time in nature is good for both our bodies and minds - but with our hectic lives (not to mention the unreliable British weather), it can be hard to get outside as much as we'd like. But fear not: we've selected some of BBC Radio 4's best nature documentaries to transport you to the great outdoors - and encourage you to take your own trip into the wild.

    Discover the tranquility of canoeing down the River Waveney; go rambling in the countryside with Clare Balding; explore al fresco cooking with the Food Programme team and learn the history of Cornwall's colourful flower fields. Or why not go surfing in Scotland, off-grid in Wales or on a journey of a lifetime with Paralympian cyclist Karen Darke?

    These captivating programmes will let you experience the sights and sounds of nature - from an oak woodland to a rainforest canopy and a rock pool - and introduce you to some remarkable naturalists, such as filmmaker Roger Deakin, author Robert Macfarlane, pioneering ornithologist Emma Turner, writer and poet Nan Shepherd, and perfumer and mountain photographer Walter Poucher.

    Whether you're an intrepid explorer, a weekend micro-adventurer or simply a nature lover, you're sure to be inspired - so step away from your screen, get out into the open air and enjoy the beauty of the natural world.


    Contents

    Cigarette on the Waveney - presented by Roger Deakin

    Ramblings: In Search of the Old Ways with Robert Macfarlane - presented by Clare Balding

    Open Country: Nan Shepherd's Cairngorms - presented by Helen Mark

    The Food Programme: Outdoor Cooking - presented by Sheila Dillon and Simon Parkes

    One to One: Isabel Hardman on nature and depression

    Ramblings: George Monbiot in search of the wild - presented by Clare Balding

    The Life Scientific: Sky at Night with Maggie Aderin-Pocock- presented by Jim Al-Khalili

    Open Country: Off Grid in Mid-Wales - presented by Ian Marchant

    A Guide to Coastal Wildlife: Rock Pools - presented by Brett Westwood and Phil Gates
    Sound recordist: Chris Watson

    Soundstage: The Oak Woodland
    Sound recordist: Chris Watson

    Costing the Earth: Cycle City - presented by Tom Heap

    Open Country: Surfing on Scotland's North Coast - presented by Helen Mark

    Journey of a Lifetime - Karen Darke: From Source to Sea via Me

    Nature: The Rainforest Canopy
    Recorded by wildlife cameraman John Aitchison

    Nature: Emma Turner - A Life in the Reeds
    Sound recordist: Chris Watson

    The Flower Fields - presented by Michael Bird

    The Perfumed Mountaineer - presented by Hayden Lorimer

    Living World: Winter Seashore - presented by Trai Anfield

    Open Country: The Boat Builders of Pin Mill - presented by Helen Mark

    Ramblings: Bonding Walks: Stiperstones, Shropshire - presented by Clare Balding

    Open Country: Somerset Wassail - presented by Helen Mark

    Winter Starlings
    Sound recordist: Chris Watson

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Clare Balding (Author) Clare Balding is an award-winning presenter, writer and broadcaster who has been presenting sports on television since 1998, when she became synonymous with horse racing on the BBC. Since then, she has reported on five Olympic Games (from Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London) as well as four Paralympic Games and three Winter Olympics. In addition, she is well known for her rugby league coverage; has presented Crufts; and hosts BBC Radio 4's walking series Ramblings. She has also covered ceremonial events such as the Lord Mayor's Show, Trooping the Colour and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Her autobiography, My Animals and Other Family, was published in 2012 and won the National Book Award for biography of the year. It has sold over a quarter of a million copies in hardback. The same year, she won the BAFTA Special Award and RTS Presenter of the Year Award for her coverage of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting and journalism in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Robert Macfarlane (Reader) Robert Macfarlane is the bestselling author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and Underland, and co-creator of The Lost Words and The Lost Spells. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. The Lost Words won the Books Are My Bag Beautiful Book Award and the Hay Festival Book of the Year. Robert Macfarlane is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and writes on environmentalism, literature and travel for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The New York Times. He is now working on his third book with long-time collaborator, Jackie Morris: The Book of Birds. Roger Deakin (Reader) Roger Deakin, who died in 2006, was a writer, filmmaker and environmentalist of international renown. He was a founder member of Friends of the Earth, and co-founded Common Ground. He lived for thirty-eight years in a moated farmhouse in Suffolk. Waterlog, which was first published in 1999, became a word-of-mouth bestseller, and is now an established classic of the nature writing canon. Clare Balding (Reader) When she was young, Clare Balding thought she was a dog. Disappointed to discover she was only human, she did her best to spend every waking hour with dogs and ponies. She could ride before she could walk and, growing up surrounded by racehorses trained by her father, she dreamt of winning the Grand National or riding for Great Britain at the Olympics. Those dreams never came true but the consolation prize hasn't been bad. As a television and radio presenter, Clare has worked at six Olympic Games, the highlight being London 2012, as well as the Winter Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, the Grand National, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon and the Ryder Cup. Clare lives in London with her wife, Alice, their dog Archie and their cat, Button. Jim Al-Khalili (Reader) Professor Jim Al-Khalili, OBE FRS, is a physicist, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey. He received his PhD in theoretical nuclear physics in 1989 and has published over a hundred research papers on quantum physics. His many popular science books have been translated into twenty-six languages. He is a recipient of the Royal Michael Faraday medal and the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal. In 2016 he received the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. He lives in Southsea, Hampshire, with his wife Julie. Tom Heap (Reader) Tom Heap is the creator and presenter of BBC Radio's flagship climate change podcast '39 Ways to Save the Planet'. He is also a regular presenter on BBC1's Countryfile specialising in the more investigative films and has made many BBC Panorama documentaries on food, energy and the environment. Tom also hosts BBC Radio 4's regular environment series 'Costing the Earth'. For fun he likes to ride bikes, chop wood, watch films, grow chillies and bodge carpentry.

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