The one with guests David ‘The Urban Birder’ Lindo and Ceri Levy the driving force behind the ‘Ghosts of Gone Birds’. We talk about what mega-shorebird we’d each like to discover, we have a short pre-recorded interview with Dominic Price from Plantlife, and David talks about his new book ‘The Urban Birder’ and reads a poem he wrote specially for ‘Music and Migration’ (an ambient album compiled by Martin Holm). We also slam the slaughter of migrants in Malta as we discuss Ceri’s plans to join a BirdLife Malta Raptor Camp this autumn.
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Advice: This podcast is sponsored by Pentax Sports Optics and their ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’ conservation initiative. Go to http://www.pentax.co.uk/en/DeadOrAlive.html for more details.
And your Panel today consists of…
- Me, Charlie Moores, a freelance writer and podcaster (and now sadly intermittent birder) who either lives in a warm little cottage in north Wiltshire with his family or in a cold ‘podding shed’ editing an endless series of podcasts.
- John Hague, a birding psychiatric nurse from Barnsley who now lives in Leicester where he’s a prominent member of the Leicester and Rutland Ornithological Society. John blogs extensively at The Drunkbirder where he rants “about the world and the absurdities of life“.
- British Trust for Ornithology (BTO): http://www.bto.org/
- Birdtrack: http://www.birdtrack.net
- David Lindo’s website: http://www.theurbanbirder.com
- ‘Ghosts of Gone Birds’ Facebook page (…”Raising a creative army for conservation through a series of multimedia exhibitions”): http://www.facebook.com/ghostsofgonebirds/
- Plantlife website: http://www.plantlife.org.uk/
- A&C Black (inc Christopher Helm and Poyser): http://www.acblack.com/naturalhistory
- Talking Naturally interview with Martin Holm about Music and Migration: http://www.talking-naturally.co.uk/interview-martin-holm-music-and-migration/
- Tristan Reid’s JustGiving page for Doga Denergi (Turkey): http://www.justgiving.com/givingmyrightarm
An explanation of conservation headlands from a previous blog post, and some common arable plants recorded at Great Chalfield (www.greatchalfield.co.uk) – photos copyright Charlie Moores:
“…For example six metres of ‘conservation headland’ or buffer strips are left around field edges and between hedges, allowing tall stands of grasses and Teasels to grow and native arable plants like Round-leaved and Sharp-leaved Fluellen, Field Pansy, and Germander Speedwell to flourish. The headlands act as corridors, are superb for insects, give animals like Roe Deer and Foxes the chance to thrive, and are part of a habitat creation project to re-introduce the rapidly-declining Grey Partridge to the estate….”
Common Fluellen Kickxia spuria, Great Chalfield
Field Pansy Viola arvensis, Great Chalfield
Teasels Dipsacus fullonum, Great Chalfield
Common Field Speedwell Veronica persica, Great Chalfield
Corn or Field Poppy Papaver rhoeas, Great Chalfield
Shepherd’s Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris, Great Chalfield
Yarrow Achillea millefolium, Great Chalfield
Bird’s-foot Trefoil Lotus corniculatus, Great Chalfield
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