S2 E17. Why do nightingales sing the most beautiful song? Ft special guest expert Sam Lee. Why are peacocks so loud? How do tadpoles swim and what is the biggest tadpole in the world?

In this week's show we answer three questions from Bee, Rose and Alex with help from special guest expert Sam Lee.


Sam is a folk singer and writer – author of the book The Nightingale, Notes on a Songbird – who leads adventures into the woods to play music with nightingales as they sing. 


Sam tells us about how nightingales sing at night, unlike most other birds and tells us about their beautiful song. 


Then we have a competition for you to win a copy of Sam's book for a grown up in your life!


We find out why peacocks make such loud calls, because of where they come from scrubby woodland in India. 


We also chat about frogs, tadpoles, how they swim and the biggest ones in the world! 


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Molly Oldfield studied History at Oxford before becoming a QI elf, writing and researching questions for the BBC quiz show for twelve years. She has written three books. They are The Secret Museum, a book about all the things that are in museums that rarely, if ever, go on display; Wonders of the World’s Museums filled with things you can see, and Natural Wonders of the World about all kinds of creatures and places on our beautiful planet we call home. 

This podcast will also be published as Everything Under the Sun – A Year of Curious Questions in September 2021 by Ladybird at Penguin Random House. 


Find out more about Sam Lee here - www.samleesong.co.uk


 

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