Get Birding

1/28/2022

Get Birding's RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Special: Chris Packham, Samuel West, Miranda Krestovnikoff , Dr Amir Khan, Sam Lee & Edwyn Collins

In this special one-off episode featuring a host of voices, Get Birding celebrates the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch 2022 in collaboration with the charity for their annual citizen science event.Presenter Hamza Yassin encourages anyone in the UK to spend an hour spotting birds in their local park, green space or garden as part of this yearly weekend event. In 2021 over 1 million people took part, spotting 17 million birds.Nature legend Chris Packham explains how to take part whilst RSPB President and nature presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff reveals how the data we gather in the BGBW is vital for bird conservation.All Creatures Great and Small’s Samuel West gives tips on birdspotting with children, singer Edwyn Collins lists the birds he sees on his patch, whilst GMB’s Dr Amir Khan and comedian Susan Calman explain how to attract birds with feeders and food. Listeners across the UK give their advice too.YouTuber City Girl in Nature and 16 year old RSPB Youth Council member Indy Keimel Greene inspire young people to try birding for an hour both in the city and countryside, whilst folk artist Sam Lee, Afro Celt Soundsystem’s Simon Emmerson, Sea Power’s Martin Noble and nature beatboxer Jason Singh suggest music playlists to get you into the mood for nature this weekend.Listen to Simon's recommendation on Folk Radio here: https://www.folkradio.co.uk/2022/01/simon-emmerson-weirdy-birdy-ii/Listen to Jason's recommendation on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0f5lwJTVCJOeqa6TgMc4lo?si=ryHLFy6sQ1uPPtHTwxEM4A Listen to Martin's recommendation on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/track/78w5389SW6AbSXXmTSfVze?si=a3ffe7954c8f47e3Host: Hamza YassinGuests: Chis Packham, Miranda Krestovnikoff, Samuel West, Edwyn Collins, Dr Amir Khan, Susan Calman, Kwesia "City Girl in Nature", Indy Keimel Greene, Sam Lee, Simon Emmerson, Martin Noble, Jason Singh, Dawood Qureshi, Rachel Ball, OwenBannister, Scott PlaceProducer: Gill Davies, Sean KerwinExecutive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie DerhamProduction Co-ordinator: Louis FaceyAll music by Poddington Bear and Chad Crouch. Additional birdsong and nature recordings by richwise, petebuchwald, leonsound and benboncan under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.Podcast art by Make ProductionsFollow us on Twitter & Instagram @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.
12/17/2021

Series 2: Episode 6 - Adrian Thomas, Kim Wallace and Chad Crouch

Season 2, Ep. 6
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, the last in the current series of Get Birding, Hamza is settling in for the winter. With his guests he explores what can be a difficult time for birds, and starts to look towards spring.Earlier this series Hamza spoke to the RSPBs Adrian Thomas about his passion for birds and shared some tips for making our gardens as hospitable as possible for this.. This time of year can be difficult for birds as they struggle to find food and Adrian shares some of his tips for supporting birdlife at this time of year.Next Hamza speaks to an ecologist who works for an energy company with an interest in bats as well as Birds. Dr Kim Wallace speaks to Hamza about some of the work she is involved with during the winter months. They discuss the differences and challenges in bird ringing different types of waterfowl and Hamza continues his investigation into how birds stay warm in Winter.Chad Crouch is musician and birder who whose music will be well known to podcast fans, even if they do not recognise his name. He will be particularly familiar to Get Birding listeners as he makes all the music used in the show. He speaks about birding in his pacific northwest home and explains how he makes his music and how birds influence his work.Host: Hamza YassinGuests: Adrian Thomas, Kim Wallace and Chad CrouchProducer: Jo BarrattExecutive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie DerhamProduction Co-ordinator: Louis FaceyAll music by Poddington Bear and Chad Crouch. Additional birdsong and nature recordings by richwise, petebuchwald, leonsound and benboncan under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence.Podcast art by Make ProductionsFollow us on Twitter & Instagram @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.
12/3/2021

Series 2: Episode 5 - Ajay Tegala, Duncan Halpin and Martin Noble

Season 2, Ep. 5
Hamza lives in the west coast of Scotland by the sea and has a small brackish loch just yards from his house. He’s surrounded by birds of many different kinds. But water attracts birds in whatever environment you live in, from your local pond, to a puddle at the side of a busy street. This week Hamza meets people who live in or near water and explores the varied birdlife that they encounter.Ajay Tegala was a guest in the first series of Get Birding. In this episode we visit him at his home in the Norfolk Fens and get to know him a little better. He talks us though his daily work as a ranger there, his passion for wildlife and introduces a few of the local birds, including cranes and a number of seasonal visitors.Duncan Halpin lives in the Lifeboat house at the National Trust reserve Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk coast. The site is home to a huge proportion of the UK’s tern population. Duncan works as a ranger there and he talks Hamza though his work including some surprising methods for protecting the little birds in his care, at this very important site.Martin Noble is the guitarist with the band Sea Power, sometimes called the ornithological band. Martin talks to us about this and about his love for wildlife and nature, from his home on the south Coast.Host: Hamza YassinGuests: Ajay Tegala, Duncan Halpin and Martin NobleProducer: Jo BarrattExecutive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie DerhamProduction Co-ordinator: Louis FaceyAll music by Poddington Bear. Additional nature recordings by klankbeeld, amholma, squashy555, keth-selmes and inchadney under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Additional music: The Great Skua, Waving Flags and Boy Vertiginous bySea PowerPodcast 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.