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Flowers at Castle Neroche
Photo credit: Sarah Gibson

Podcasts to keep you connected to nature

Get lost in the magic of nature without ever leaving the living room. Check out our favourite nature-focused podcasts, perfect for helping you connect with the outdoors whilst staying indoors.  

Open landscape at Bellever Forest

Ramblings | BBC Radio 4 and Sounds  

Head on a gentle stroll through the British countryside with Claire Balding and a variety of wonderful guests. Get started in Sussex with writer and comedian David Sedaris who is hilariously committed to litter picking near his home, or pop over to rugged Heptonstall in Yorkshire to hear how the landscape inspired poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath’s works.   

Wild Flower Hour  

Obsessed with British flora? These short and sweet 30-minute episodes cover all things petalled, from the true origin of our much-loved snowdrops to inner-city botany and how wildflowers have adapted to London life.  

Not enough flower content? Get on twitter between 8-9 pm every Sunday and see what wonders are being shared via #wildflowerhour.  

Bluebells in sunshine
Long tailed tit bird
Photo credit: Simon Bound

Nature’s Voice |  RSPB  

This production has been running since 2010 so there’s an extensive back catalogue to keep you busy, packed full of interesting stories and features covering all things bird and wildlife from across the globe.   

We’re particularly fond of The Albatross Taskforce update featuring a 60-year-old Albatross!  

The Dirtbag Diaries   

This fantastic (13 years running) production is the podcast interpretation of a story told by the campfire. Snuggle under a blanket, light a candle and pretend you’re out camping in the woods whilst listening to Tales of Terror or Escape from Beacon Rock.   

Sunset in the forest with silhouette of trees
Frogs
Photo credit: Simon Bound

Noisy by Nature | ABC (for the kids)  

The kids will love joining Dr Ann Jones as she explores all the weird and wonderful sounds that Australian wildlife makes. Listen out for baby boobook owls, grunting koalas, frogs that sound like motorbikes and lots more. Each episode even ends with a quiz to test your knowledge. 

Forest 404 | BBC Sounds   

Fancy something fictional to get lost in? This leafy, futuristic thriller with theme music by Bonobo will keep you guessing from beginning to end. Each episode is followed by a 10-minute talk with technology and natural world experts, plus a complimentary soundscape perfect for sitting back and daydreaming of rainforests. Here’s the sound of a peaceful woodland walk to get you started.   

Sun shining through trees
Photo credit: Jenna Beekhuis
Close up of white-tailed eagle face
Photo credit: Robin Crossley, Isle of Wight County Press

The Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation podcast

You may have seen that we've been working with The Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation to bring white-tailed eagles back to woodland on the Isle of Wight. Roy's podcast is a great way to learn more about this fascinating project and to hear from many of the passionate experts involved.  

That's not all

We'll keep coming up with new ideas to keep you and the family busy and to help you remain connected to nature through these unusual times. 

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