Woods and forests are full of birds and, although you might not immediately see them, you will certainly hear them. This practical and informative audio guide, recorded in springtime in the Forest of Dean, will help you to recognise the birds you see - and those you only hear - when you’re walking in one of Britain’s beautiful woodlands. Each of the programmes focuses on a different group of birds, starting with the Nuthatch and the brightly coloured Woodpeckers, small birds and wonderful songbirds like the Blackcap, the Garden Warbler and the elusive Nightingale. Then there are the specialists, who need coniferous planting to thrive – the Siskin, Goldcrest, Coal Tit and the more exotic Crossbill. Finally, there are the big ones, Sparrowhawks, Jays, Jackdaws and Owls. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced birdwatcher, this series will help you to tell the Chiffchaff from the Willow Warbler, the Redstart from the Pied Flycatcher and to enjoy the astonishing variety of bird life in British woodlands.
Woodlands are like wines, says Brett Westwood, the presenter, no two are the same, each with its different birds... With writer Stephen Moss and wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson, he begins in the Forest of Dean looking for the nuthatch, the only British bird that walks straight down the tree trunk (you can spot it even without binoculars). The tiny treecreeper goes up the trunk, hugging it in little spirals. Then there are long-tailed tits and the (rare) lesser spotted woodpecker, all so vivid you’d swear you were there.
Radio 4, magically, had just the antidote to this seemingly interminable winter – A Guide to Woodland Birds... We heard treecreepers, nuthatches and lesser spotted woodpeckers, singing away in full April mode. You could practically feel the ground thawing and green leaves unfurling on the trees. Lovely.