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Series 1: Episode 2 - Susan Calman, Dr Amir Khan, Fyfe Dangerfield

Season 1, Ep. 2

Mya-Rose Craig speaks to presenter, comedian and avid birder Susan Calman about her life changing obsession with her garden bird feeder, and how her feathered friends have brought her calm and relaxation.


To mark National Nest Box Week, TV doctor and nature ambassador Dr Amir Khan offers practical tips on where to place your nest box, and our Get Birding listeners share advice on how to encourage birds into your garden.  


Jason Singh interviews singer Fyfe Dangerfield about the role of birds throughout his music in The Guillemots and his EP The Birdwatcher, including the new single Whoa! Life.


Host: Dr Mya-Rose Craig

Music Host: Jason Singh

Guests: Susan Calman, Dr Amir Khan & Fyfe Dangerfield

Producer: Tom Bonnett

Executive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie Derham

Production Manager: Cara Ghoshal

Production Assistant: Louis Facey


Sponsors: Severn Trent Water & Swarovski Optik


Music from Fyfe Dangerfield in this episode: 'Woah! Life' from Birdwatcher & Birdwatcher Episode 1 excerpt


Music from:

Chad Crouch - Buzzy Minuet

Podington Bear [Chad Crouch] - Loll

Chad Crouch - Moonrise

Podington Bear (soundofpicture.com) & Jason Singh


Sounds:

Blackbird at Astonfield field recording by Simon Northeast


Podcast art by Make Productions


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National Nestbox Week kicks off on 14 February: https://www.nestboxweek.com/


Discover Jason Singh's music at: http://jasonsinghthing.com/


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/birding

Swarovski 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.

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12/17/2021

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

Season 2, Ep. 6
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Series 2: Episode 5 - Ajay Tegala, Duncan Halpin and Martin Noble

Season 2, Ep. 5
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11/19/2021

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

Season 2, Ep. 4
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