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Latest Episode11/19/2021

Series 2: Episode 4 - Rachel Ball, Charlotte Levene and Charles Foster

Season 2, Ep. 4
Being in lockdown has unleashed our love for nature. Get Birding is a podcast for budding birdwatchers and aims to help everyone, anywhere, discover more about the birds on our doorsteps. We want to break down barriers to birdwatching and believe that access to nature should be a right, not a privilege. In this episode of Get Birding Hamza considers the way in which birds are important to us as families and explores his passion for inspiring children about the magic of birds and the natural world with his guests.Rachel Ball and her daughter Hope are avid listeners of Get Birding. The podcast has been a companion to their growing exploration of local bird life as a family. Hamza and Rachel discuss the value of birding for children with additional needs and how birding can be a fantastic way for the whole family to spend time together.Generation Wild is a project by the Wildlife and Wetland Trust that will connect 45,000 children and their families with nature, fostering a life-long love of the natural world for a new generation. We learn about the project and are introduced to Ava, who was just like any other osprey until the day she landed on a mysterious giant nest and a magical transformation took place.Charles Foster is a writer, barrister and traveller. He's written books on travel, evolutionary biology, natural history, anthropology, theology, archaeology, philosophy and law. Including his latest 'Being a Human'. He has a lifelong love of birds and talks about this as he considers what birds can teach us about ourselves and our families.Host: Hamza YassinGuests: Rachel Ball, Charlotte Levene and Charles FosterProducer: Jo BarrattExecutive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie DerhamProduction Co-ordinator: Louis FaceyAll music by Poddington Bear. Additional birdsong and nature recordings by taavhaap, earthsounds and benboncan under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licencePodcast art by Make ProductionsFollow us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook @getbirdingpodSponsored by birding binoculars specialist Swarovski Optik. To Find out more visit: https://www.swarovskioptik.com/gb/en/birdingSwarovski Optik, headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects.Sponsored by Zurich Insurance - insuring conservation groups across the UK. To find out more visit Zurich.co.uk/getbirdingZurich insure more than 14,000 not-for-profit organisations of all shapes and sizes including conservation, gardening and ornithological groups across England, Scotland and Wales. They are part of the Zurich Insurance Group Ltd, a global group which became carbon neutral in 2014 and is working to eliminate single use plastics and reduce paper usage by 80% globally. Zurich Insurance Group Ltd is committed to creating a brighter, more sustainable future.
11/19/2021

Series 2: Episode 4 - Rachel Ball, Charlotte Levene and Charles Foster

Season 2, Ep. 4
Being in lockdown has unleashed our love for nature. Get Birding is a podcast for budding birdwatchers and aims to help everyone, anywhere, discover more about the birds on our doorsteps. We want to break down barriers to birdwatching and believe that access to nature should be a right, not a privilege. In this episode of Get Birding Hamza considers the way in which birds are important to us as families and explores his passion for inspiring children about the magic of birds and the natural world with his guests.Rachel Ball and her daughter Hope are avid listeners of Get Birding. The podcast has been a companion to their growing exploration of local bird life as a family. Hamza and Rachel discuss the value of birding for children with additional needs and how birding can be a fantastic way for the whole family to spend time together.Generation Wild is a project by the Wildlife and Wetland Trust that will connect 45,000 children and their families with nature, fostering a life-long love of the natural world for a new generation. We learn about the project and are introduced to Ava, who was just like any other osprey until the day she landed on a mysterious giant nest and a magical transformation took place.Charles Foster is a writer, barrister and traveller. He's written books on travel, evolutionary biology, natural history, anthropology, theology, archaeology, philosophy and law. Including his latest 'Being a Human'. He has a lifelong love of birds and talks about this as he considers what birds can teach us about ourselves and our families.Host: Hamza YassinGuests: Rachel Ball, Charlotte Levene and Charles FosterProducer: Jo BarrattExecutive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie DerhamProduction Co-ordinator: Louis FaceyAll music by Poddington Bear. Additional birdsong and nature recordings by taavhaap, earthsounds and benboncan under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licencePodcast art by Make ProductionsFollow us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook @getbirdingpodSponsored by birding binoculars specialist Swarovski Optik. To Find out more visit: https://www.swarovskioptik.com/gb/en/birdingSwarovski Optik, headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects.Sponsored by Zurich Insurance - insuring conservation groups across the UK. To find out more visit Zurich.co.uk/getbirdingZurich insure more than 14,000 not-for-profit organisations of all shapes and sizes including conservation, gardening and ornithological groups across England, Scotland and Wales. They are part of the Zurich Insurance Group Ltd, a global group which became carbon neutral in 2014 and is working to eliminate single use plastics and reduce paper usage by 80% globally. Zurich Insurance Group Ltd is committed to creating a brighter, more sustainable future.
11/5/2021

Series 2: Episode 3 - Ben McCarthy, Alys Laver and Yetunde Kehinde

Season 2, Ep. 3
With the COP conference happening this week in Glasgow, we are thinking about the environment. Climate change affects every living thing in this world and of course birds are no exception. In this episode Hamza speaks to his guests about the things they are noticing changing and looks to the future as to potential ways forward.Ben McCarthy is Head of Nature Conservation & Restoration Ecology at National Trust. He talks to Hamza about the organisations monitoring of changes to the climate and how they see this affecting the birds that live on National Trust sites across the country.Next, we visit WWT Steart Marshes, an innovative birdwatching site that site in the south west of England. Alys Laver is the site manager and takes on a journey across the beautiful, unique landscape and talks to us about the sometimes forgotten importance of our wetlands in absorbing Carbon.Yetunde Kehunde was on the first season of Get Birding. In this episode Hamza checks in to hear what she has been up to over the summer as they share their passion for the environment and conservation around the world.Host: Hamza YassinGuests: Ben McCarthy, Alys Laver and Yetunde KehindeProducer: Jo BarrattExecutive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie DerhamProduction Coordinator: Louis FaceySocial Media Assistant: Dilber MogalAll music by Poddington Bear. Additional birdsong and nature recordings by iainmccurdy, mycompasstv and richwise under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licencePodcast art by Make ProductionsFollow us:www.twitter.com/getbirdingpodwww.facebook.com/getbirdingpodwww.instagram.com/getbirdingpodSponsored by birding binoculars specialist Swarovski Optik. To Find out more visit: https://www.swarovskioptik.com/gb/en/birdingSwarovski Optik, headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and aesthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects.Sponsored by Zurich Insurance - insuring conservation groups across the UK. To find out more visit Zurich.co.uk/getbirdingZurich insure more than 14,000 not-for-profit organisations of all shapes and sizes including conservation, gardening and ornithological groups across England, Scotland and Wales. They are part of the Zurich Insurance Group Ltd, a global group which became carbon neutral in 2014 and is working to eliminate single use plastics and reduce paper usage by 80% globally. Zurich Insurance Group Ltd is committed to creating a brighter, more sustainable future.
10/22/2021

Series 2: Episode 2 - Gabriel Willow, Adrian Thomas, James Taylor Foster

Season 2, Ep. 2
Hamza was born in Sudan and grew up Northampton before moving to his current home in the west coast of Scotland. He's now surrounded by a plethora of bird life, but this has always been the case. In this episode of Get Birding Hamza explores birding as part of the built environment from how nature can inspire us and be experienced in the most densely populated and built up areas, how we can encourage this and how we can come to appreciate birds wherever we come across them.First, he talks to Urban Naturalist Gabriel Willow fresh off one of his nature tours of New York City. Gabriel talks about his experience of encouraging and being inspired by his experiences of birding in the city and he sheds some light on the differences in birding in the UK and the US. He reminds us that birds can thrive and be enjoyed in many different environments.Adrian Thomas is the RSPB Garden Bird Expert. He talks Hamza though his own garden and the birds he finds there, and gives tips and advice for making our gardens and urban green spaces attractive to birds, whether you have access to an acre of land, or a balcony.James Taylor-Foster is thecurator of contemporary architecture and design at ArkDes - Sweden's National Centre for Architecture and Design. He shares with us his love of birds and the similarities between birding in the UK and Sweden and describes the work of Studio Ossidiana who for which consideration of bird life plays a role in their architectural practice. They invite us to consider a world designed for co-existence of birds and peopleHost: Hamza YassinGuests: Gabriel Willow, Adrian Thomas, James Taylor FosterProducer: Jo BarrattExecutive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie DerhamProduction Coordinator: Louis FaceySocial Media Assistant: Dilber MogalAll music by Poddington Bear. Additional birdsong and nature recordings by dobroide, /listeningtowhales, sheriff, tim.kahn, tim.kahn and Keith Selmes under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licencePodcast art by Make ProductionsFollow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @getbirdingpodSponsored by birding binoculars specialist Swarovski Optik. To Find out more visit: https://www.swarovskioptik.com/gb/en/birdingSwarovski Optik, headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects.Sponsored by Zurich Insurance - insuring conservation groups across the UK. To find out more visit Zurich.co.uk/getbirdingZurich insure more than 14,000 not-for-profit organisations of all shapes and sizes including conservation, gardening and ornithological groups across England, Scotland and Wales. They are part of the Zurich Insurance Group Ltd, a global group which became carbon neutral in 2014 and is working to eliminate single use plastics and reduce paper usage by 80% globally. Zurich Insurance Group Ltd is committed to creating a brighter, more sustainable future.
10/8/2021

Series 2: Episode 1 - Dr Mya-Rose Craig, Poppy Rummery

Season 2, Ep. 1
In the first episode of series two, our new host - ornithologist and BBC Countryfile’s Hamza Yassin - talks to series one’s presenter, environmental campaigner Dr Mya-Rose Craig, about their shared love of birds.The appearance of a rare black browed albatross this year was one of the hot birding stories of the summer. Hamza speaks to RSPB Bempton Cliffs Visitor Experience Assistant Poppy Rummery to shed some light on why it's here and discuss the impact this unusual visitor has had on the reserve.Host: Hamza YassinGuests: Mya-Rose Craig, Poppy RummeryProducer: Jo BarrattExecutive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie DerhamProduction Co-ordinator: Louis FaceySocial Media Assistant: Dilber MogalAll music by Poddington BearAdditional birdsong and nature recordings by InspectorJ, earthsounds, iainmccurdy, ​​acclivity, inchadney under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licencePodcast art by Make ProductionsFollow us:www.twitter.com/getbirdingpodwww.facebook.com/getbirdingpodwww.instagram.com/getbirdingpodSponsored by birding binoculars specialist Swarovski Optik. To Find out more visit: https://www.swarovskioptik.com/gb/en/birdingSwarovski Optik, headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects. Sponsored by Zurich Insurance - insuring conservation groups across the UK. To find out more visit Zurich.co.uk/getbirdingZurich insure more than 14,000 not-for-profit organisations of all shapes and sizes including conservation, gardening and ornithological groups across England, Scotland and Wales. They are part of the Zurich Insurance Group Ltd, a global group which became carbon neutral in 2014 and is working to eliminate single use plastics and reduce paper usage by 80% globally. Zurich Insurance Group Ltd is committed to creating a brighter, more sustainable future.
4/8/2021

Series 1: Episode 6 - Emma Kennedy, Yetunde Kehinde, Kate Fox, El Búho

Season 1, Ep. 6
As lockdown restrictions start to ease, Mya-Rose Craig explores how we can expand our birding horizons from our back gardens and regular walks to further afield, paying a visit to the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust’s Slimbridge reserve in Gloucestershire which will reopen soon.Writer, broadcaster and actress Emma Kennedy explains her love of birding, stork spotting, RSPB Minsmere and blackbirds singing show tunes – as well as revealing that crows hold grudges for 20 years!18 year old Yetunde Kehinde, a member of the Natural History Museum’s Youth Advisory Panel and Action for Conservation ambassador, gives tips ondiscovering nature in an urban environment.Nature beatboxer Jason Singh talks to DJ & producer El Búho about how he blends birdsong into electronic music to raise awareness about endangered bird species.Host: Dr Mya-Rose CraigMusic Host: Jason SinghGuests: Emma Kennedy, Yetunde Kehinde, Kate Fox, El BúhoProducer: Tom BonnettExecutive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie DerhamProduction Manager: Cara GhoshalProduction Assistant: Louis FaceySponsors: Severn Trent Water & Swarovski OptikMusic:Podington Bear - Happiness IsPodington Bear - FluorescencePodington Bear - Pink GradientPodington Bear - DeltaPodington Bear - Golden HourChancha Via Circuito - Maca Tobiano from A Guide to the Birdsong of South AmericaEl Bu’ho - Dim Sum from Cenotes EPDengue Dengue Dengue - Remolinera Real from A Guide to the Birdsong of South AmericaDj Jigue - Ferminia from A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America & the CaribbeanThe Garifuna Collective - Black Catbird from A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America & the CaribbeanBarrio Lindo - Capuchino Pecho Biano from A Guide to the Birdsong of South AmericaBirdsong Recordings:Mike StranksDobroideStragetSoundaticInchadneyJuskiddinkPodcast art by Make ProductionsFollow us:www.twitter.com/getbirdingpodwww.facebook.com/getbirdingpodwww.instagram.com/getbirdingpodFollow Emma Kennedy on Twitter: @EmmaKennedyEnjoy her birding, books and bricks at: www.emmakennedy.co.ukYetunde Kehinde is an ambassador for Action for Conservation. Follow them on Twitter: @Action4Conserv Check out Action for Conservation’s new book "How You Can Save The Planet" by Henrikus van Hensbergenhttps://www.penguin.co.uk/books/317/317556/how-you-can-save-the-planet/9780241453049.htmlThe Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) Slimbridge Wetland Centre is a visitor centre open all year and home to thousands of birds, mammals and other wildlife.A massive thank you to the WWT for opening their doors to us early for the Covid-safe recordings featured in the show. WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is delighted to be opening their doors again from 12th April. Every person who is coming to visit will need to pre-book. Find out more about El Búho: www.sonidoelbuho.com"A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean” is an album of music inspired by the song of endangered birds with 100% of the profits going towards organisations working to protect them. You can purchase the album on Bandcamp here.Find out more about Severn Trent's biodiversity projects:https://www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/environment/biodiversity/Severn Trent Water is committed to providing a secure supply of clean water across the Midlands. Looking after water means looking after the environment too. As a result, the organisation unveiled ambitious plans to improve biodiversity across the Midlands as part of its Big Green Nature Boost campaign, including reviving 12,000 acres of land (an area bigger than the size of Gloucester), planting 1.3 million trees and restoring 2000km of rivers across the Severn Trent region by 2027.Find out more about Swarovski Optik:https://www.swarovskioptik.com/gb/en/birdingSwarovski Optik, headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects. In January, Swarovski Optik announced Dr Mya-Rose Craig as a partner opinion leader for 2021; she will aim to inspire people from all backgrounds to learn more about the benefits of enjoying nature activities.
3/26/2021

Series 1: Episode 5 - Ajay Tegala, Lucy Lapwing, Ben Dolan, Afro Celt Sound System

Season 1, Ep. 5
The birds in our skies are about to change. Spring marks the start of migration, with birds flying thousands of miles across the world.It's a magical, mysterious wonder of nature that has fascinated us for centuries.In this episode Mya-Rose Craig discovers why bird migration happens; learns about species we can expect to see flying into the UK; and hears from listeners from the Orkneys to East London about the first migrating birds they're seeing.Nature broadcaster Ajay Tegala and RSPB's Lucy Lapwing explain the facts behind migration; Swarovski Optik'sDale Forbes provides top tips on choosing binoculars to help spot migratingbirds; andWest Midlands Bird Ringing Group'sBen Dolan reveals how he charts birds' journeys across the world using innovative thermal imaging.Grammy Award nominatedAfro Celt Sound System talk to nature beatboxer Jason Singh about their 2018 album Flight, themed around migration.Host: Dr Mya-Rose CraigMusic Host: Jason SinghGuests: Ajay Tegala, Ben Dolan, Dale Forbes, Lucy Lapwing, Afro Celt Sound SystemProducer: Tom BonnettExecutive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie DerhamProduction Manager: Cara GhoshalProduction Assistant: Louis FaceySponsors: Severn Trent Water & Swarovski OptikMusic:Chad Crouch - PlatformerChad Crouch - InvestigationChad Crouch - DuskPodington Bear - BrighteningPodington Bear - Happiness IsAfro Celt Soundsystem - When I Still Needed YouAfro Celt Soundsystem - Working the LandAfro Celt Soundsystem featuring the Amani Choir - SanctusAfro Celt Soundsystem - Hawk Owl [Unreleased Demo Excerpt]Afro Celt Soundsystem - The Migration Medley: FlightBirdsong Recordings:PianofarmInchadneyStragetPodcast art by Make ProductionsFollow us:www.twitter.com/getbirdingpodwww.facebook.com/getbirdingpodwww.instagram.com/getbirdingpodFollow Ajay Tegala on Twitter: @AjayTegalahttp://www.ajaytegala.co.ukCheck out Lucy's YouTube Channel at: www.youtube.com/c/lucylapwingInsta: @Lucy_LapwingTwitter: @Lucy_LapwingDiscover more about the West Midland Ringing Group here: http://www.westmidlandsringinggroup.co.uk/thermal-birding/4594503748 Find out more about Afro Celt Sound System: https://www.afroceltsoundsystem.org.uk/Order your copy of Flight here: https://www.afroceltsoundsystem.org.uk/buy-album/Find out more about Severn Trent's biodiversity projects:https://www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/environment/biodiversity/Severn Trent Water is committed to providing a secure supply of clean water across the Midlands. Looking after water means looking after the environment too. As a result, the organisation unveiled ambitious plans to improve biodiversity across the Midlands as part of its Big Green Nature Boost campaign, including reviving 12,000 acres of land (an area bigger than the size of Gloucester), planting 1.3 million trees and restoring 2000km of rivers across the Severn Trent region by 2027.Find out more about Swarovski Optik:https://www.swarovskioptik.com/gb/en/birdingSwarovski Optik, headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects. In January, Swarovski Optik announced Dr Mya-Rose Craig as a partner opinion leader for 2021; she will aim to inspire people from all backgrounds to learn more about the benefits of enjoying nature activities.
3/12/2021

Series 1: Episode 4 - Samuel West, Lucy Lapwing, Sam Lee

Season 1, Ep. 4
During lockdown, we've become more aware of birdsong but can we recognise the birds we're hearing?In this episode, Mya-Rose Craig explores how to identify different birds, from robins to wrens to blackbirds; why birds sing; what a dawn chorus is all about; and how birdsong makes us feel.Actor and keen birder Samuel West takes time out from filming the new series of All Creatures Great and Small to give top tips on how to learn birdsong, with his very own patch diary from Yorkshire.RSPB’s Lucy Lapwing, host of YouTube channel Birdsong Lessons, explains how to tell garden birds apart, whilstGet Birdinglisteners reveal the birdsong that stops them in their tracks.Jason Singh speaks to Mercury Prize nominated folk singer Sam Lee about his magical live woodland concerts “Singing with Nightingales” and his debut novel “The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird” which tells the story of this endangered bird and its place in music and literature.Host: Dr Mya-Rose CraigMusic Host: Jason SinghGuests: Samuel West, Lucy Lapwing, Sam LeeProducer: Tom BonnettExecutive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie DerhamProduction Manager: Cara GhoshalProduction Assistant: Louis FaceySponsors: Severn Trent Water & Swarovski OptikMusic from:Podington Bear - Sneaker ChasePodington Bear - Golden HourPodington_Bear_-_FluorescencePodington Bear - Delta“” - Platformer“” Happiness IsSam Lee and Lisa Knapp - Tan Yard SideSam Lee - Turtle DoveSam Lee - IMPROV SWNSound recordings from:Tony WhiteheadInChadneyVonoraSheyvanAcclivityErhDobroidePodcast art by Make ProductionsFollow us:www.twitter.com/getbirdingpodwww.facebook.com/getbirdingpodwww.instagram.com/getbirdingpodFollow Samuel West at: @exitthelemmingCheck out Lucy's YouTube Channel at: www.youtube.com/c/lucylapwingInsta: @Lucy_LapwingTwitter: @Lucy_LapwingFind out more about Sam Lee's upcoming events at: www.thenestcollective.co.uk/Singing with the Nightingales: https://thenestcollective.co.uk/includes/singing-with-nightingales/Pre-Order Sam Lee's 'The Nightingale' here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-nightingale/sam-lee/2928377019877Find out more about Severn Trent's biodiversity projects:https://www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/environment/biodiversity/Severn Trent Water is committed to providing a secure supply of clean water across the Midlands. Looking after water means looking after the environment too. As a result, the organisation unveiled ambitious plans to improve biodiversity across the Midlands as part of its Big Green Nature Boost campaign, including reviving 12,000 acres of land (an area bigger than the size of Gloucester), planting 1.3 million trees and restoring 2000km of rivers across the Severn Trent region by 2027.Find out more about Swarovski Optik:https://www.swarovskioptik.com/gb/en/birdingSwarovski Optik, headquartered in Absam, Tyrol, is part of the Swarovski group of companies. Founded in 1949, the Austrian company specialises in the development and manufacturing of long-range optical instruments of the highest precision in the premium segment of the market. The binoculars, spotting scopes and optronic instruments are products of choice for demanding users. The company’s success is based on its innovative strength, the quality and intrinsic value of its products, and their functional and esthetic design. The appreciation of nature is an essential part of its company philosophy and is reflected commendably in its environment-friendly production and its long-term commitment to selected nature conservation projects. In January, Swarovski Optik announced Dr Mya-Rose Craig as a partner opinion leader for 2021; she will aim to inspire people from all backgrounds to learn more about the benefits of enjoying nature activities.