Mya-Rose Craig talks to BBC nature presenter Chris Packham about the magic of birdwatching, the need for diversity in nature, his Bird To Watch and the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend - the biggest citizen science project in the UK. Nature beatboxer, composer and sound artist Jason Singh - whose work has featured at the BBC Proms, on Countryfile and the V&A - explains how he started mimicking birdsong alongside drum and bass to create beautiful forestry environments with his voice alone.
Find out more about the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch here: rspb.org.uk/birdwatch
Resources to help, including a printable bird ID guide here https://www.rspb.org.uk/globalassets/downloads/biggardenbirdwatch/2021/how-to-resources/eng_id-print_at_home--min.pdf
Discover Jason Singh's music at: http://jasonsinghthing.com/
Host: Dr Mya-Rose Craig
Guests: Chris Packham & Jason Singh
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 Jason Singh in this episode: Mystery Bird, Afternoon from Tweet Music, Awekids Collective - Sounds from the Grassland Village
Music from Podington Bear (soundofpicture.com) in this episode: Platformer, Moonrise, Dusk
Podcast art by Make Productions
Find out more about Severn Trent & biodiversity: 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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