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North Dorset Nature – Episode 17

Our weekly programme devoted to wildlife in Shaftesbury and the villages, presented by Dee Abbott. 

On this week’s show:

  • By the Brook – After a close encounter with a swarm of honeybees, Natalie Bourchier and Ben Hussey retell their experience of moving this swarm to a safer location in Motcombe. They highlight the amazing but complex process that bees go through in order to produce that famed golden liquid – honey!
  • 30 Days Wild Diary – Mariko Whyte’s experiences this week include musing on the smells of nature and visits to a number of different North Dorset wild places, with each having a different character and wild surprise. It encourages you to have a closer look!
  • Creature Feature – Nick Crump and Tom Perrett talk about the chaffinch. For a change, this bird is not endangered – the numbers are healthy and stable, mainly because it is an adaptable generalist. We learn that it has even colonised the other side of the world in very large numbers, once again because of the interventions of mankind. It is the male that sings the territorial song, and it is very loyal to the same area each year and won’t tolerate other males. You’ll hear their song, too.
  • Environmental Challenge – Alex Richards embarks on the Plastic Free July challenge – a global movement that encourages us to say ‘no’ to single-use plastics for the month of July.