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

Being in lockdown has unleashed our love for nature. Get Birding is a podcast for budding birdwatchers and aims to help everyone, anywhere, discover more about the birds on our doorsteps. We want to break down barriers to birdwatching and believe that access to nature should be a right, not a privilege. In this episode of Get Birding Hamza considers the way in which birds are important to us as families and explores his passion for inspiring children about the magic of birds and the natural world with his guests. 

Rachel Ball and her daughter Hope are avid listeners of Get Birding. The podcast has been a companion to their growing exploration of local bird life as a family. Hamza and Rachel discuss the value of birding for children with additional needs and how birding can be a fantastic way for the whole family to spend time together.

Generation Wild is a project by the Wildlife and Wetland Trust that will connect 45,000 children and their families with nature, fostering a life-long love of the natural world for a new generation. We learn about the project and are introduced to Ava, who was just like any other osprey until the day she landed on a mysterious giant nest and a magical transformation took place.

Charles Foster is a writer, barrister and traveller. He's written books on travel, evolutionary biology, natural history, anthropology, theology, archaeology, philosophy and law. Including his latest 'Being a Human'. He has a lifelong love of birds and talks about this as he considers what birds can teach us about ourselves and our families.

Host: Hamza Yassin

Guests: Rachel Ball, Charlotte Levene and Charles Foster

Producer: Jo Barratt

Executive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie Derham

Production Co-ordinator: Louis Facey

All music by Poddington Bear. Additional birdsong and nature recordings by taavhaap, earthsounds and benboncan under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence

Podcast art by Make Productions

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