Series 2: Episode 5 - Ajay Tegala, Duncan Halpin and Martin Noble

Hamza lives in the west coast of Scotland by the sea and has a small brackish loch just yards from his house. He’s surrounded by birds of many different kinds. But water attracts birds in whatever environment you live in, from your local pond, to a puddle at the side of a busy street. This week Hamza meets people who live in or near water and explores the varied birdlife that they encounter. 

Ajay Tegala was a guest in the first series of Get Birding. In this episode we visit him at his home in the Norfolk Fens and get to know him a little better. He talks us though his daily work as a ranger there, his passion for wildlife and introduces a few of the local birds, including cranes and a number of seasonal visitors.

Duncan Halpin lives in the Lifeboat house at the National Trust reserve Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk coast. The site is home to a huge proportion of the UK’s tern population. Duncan works as a ranger there and he talks Hamza though his work including some surprising methods for protecting the little birds in his care, at this very important site. 

Martin Noble is the guitarist with the band Sea Power, sometimes called the ornithological band. Martin talks to us about this and about his love for wildlife and nature, from his home on the south Coast. 

Host: Hamza Yassin

Guests: Ajay Tegala, Duncan Halpin and Martin Noble

Producer: Jo Barratt

Executive Producers: Jane Gerber & Katie Derham

Production Co-ordinator: Louis Facey

All music by Poddington Bear. Additional nature recordings by klankbeeld, amholma, squashy555, keth-selmes and inchadney under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Additional music: The Great Skua, Waving Flags and Boy Vertiginous by Sea Power

Podcast art by Make Productions

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