Birds

Even the owl in my garden is self-isolating

9 May 2020 9:00 am

My tawny owl has been self-isolating. I say mine but in truth she chose the nest box in my neighbour’s…

Starling murmurations are a display more dazzling than fireworks

23 November 2019 9:00 am

It’s late afternoon in the car park of Workington Asda. A little crowd is gathering in one corner, most of…

Everything under the sun: The glory of garden centres

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Don’t you just love garden centres? You have to be mad to go on a sunny Sunday morning in the…

Why vegans must not own cats

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Is it ethical for vegans to own cats? It’s an interesting question because vegans look set to take over —…

A duck ducks and a swift is swift – so what about the lapwing?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Some birds seem inherently comical. I can’t help being amused by the duck taking its name from its habit of…

All hail the return of the crane

6 October 2018 9:00 am

The RSPB regularly gets calls from people who have seen ‘a funny bird’. ‘It’s got a red head and it’s…

Letters: Judging students by achievement is a greater scourge than diversity at any cost

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Harvard’s racial quotas Sir: While I largely agree with Coleman Hughes that racial quotas are counterproductive (‘The diversity trap’, 23 June),…

Jeremy Corbyn’s hat and the art of photo manipulation

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Spin doctors The BBC has denied it photoshopped a Newsnight backdrop to make Jeremy Corbyn’s hat look more Russian. The…

Snakes, kookaburras and bandicoots: a garden in Australia’s rainforest

23 April 2016 9:00 am

What you can see from a tin house in the Australian rainforest

The noisy, filthy, scary glory of geese

5 March 2016 9:00 am

They’re noisy, filthy, scary – and glorious. No wonder we have such complicated feelings about them

The joy of winter birdwatching (and how it’s changing)

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Our harsh December days are a temperate escape for some gorgeous birds

A piece of primeval England reborn in Sussex

30 May 2015 9:00 am

A piece of ancient England is being reborn around a castle in Sussex

Does the future of radio really lie in podcasts?

28 March 2015 9:00 am

To a debate on the future of radio at the BBC where it turns out not to be a discussion…

The amazing story of the blind photographer

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Perhaps the news that Radio 5 live will be the only BBC station (under the new broadcasting rights agreements) to…

Radio 4 deserts the British bird. Shame on them!

6 September 2014 9:00 am

A strange coincidence on Saturday night to come back from the cinema, having seen a film about a woman fighting…

Migration Hotspots, by Tim Harris - review

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Consider for a moment the plight of the willow warbler. Russian birds of this species fly between eastern Siberia and…

Birds & People, by Mark Cocker - review

3 August 2013 9:00 am

‘A world without birds would lay waste the human heart,’ writes Mark Cocker. Following his Birds Britannica and prize-winning Crow…