Countryside Birds

  • by The British Library
  • Narrated by Cookie Weymouth
  • 1 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The British countryside is renowned for its natural beauty and diverse wildlife and any walk, whether it be in woodland, wetland or open country, is always accompanied by the varied songs and calls of our birdlife. This identification guide presents the sounds of 65 species that call the British countryside home, from songbirds such as the Yellowhammer, Skylark and Reed Warbler to game birds such as the Pheasant and Red-legged Partridge and birds of prey such as the Kestrel and Buzzard.
Each track includes a spoken introduction giving the name of the species. Track listing:

1. Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus
2. Tawny Owl, Strix aluco
3. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major
4. Wren, Troglodytes troglodytes
5. Robin, Erithacus rubecula
6. Nightingale, Luscinia megarhynchos
7. Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus
8. Blackbird, Turdus merula
9. Mistle Thrush, Turdus viscivorus
10. Song Thrush, Turdus philomelos
11. Blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla
12. Garden Warbler, Sylvia borin
13. Wood Warbler, Phylloscopus sibilatrix
14. Chiffchaff, Phylloscopus collybita
15. Willow Warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus
16. Goldcrest, Regulus regulus
17. Spotted Flycatcher, Muscicapa striata
18. Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus
19. Great Tit, Parus major
20. Coal Tit, Periparus ater
21. Nuthatch, Sitta europaea
22. Jay, Garrulus glandarius
23. Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus
24. Treecreeper, Certhia familiaris
25. Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs
26. Greenfinch, Carduelis chloris
27. Siskin, Carduelis spinus
28. Red Grouse, Lagopus lagopus
29. Red-legged Partridge, Alectoris rufa
30. Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus
31. Buzzard, Buteo buteo
32. Curlew, Numenius arquata
33. Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto
34. Cuckoo, Cuculus canorus
35. Nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus
36. Green Woodpecker, Picus viridis
37. Skylark, Alauda arvensis
38. Swallow, Hirundo rustica
39. Meadow Pipit, Anthus pratensis
40. Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra
41. Wheatear, Oenanthe oenanthe
42. Whitethroat, Sylvia communis
43. Magpie, Pica pica
44. Jackdaw, Corvus monedula
45. Rook, Corvus frugilegus
46. Carrion Crow, Corvus corone
47. Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
48. Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
49. Linnet, Acanthis cannabina
50. Yellowhammer, Emberiza citronella
51. Corn Bunting, Miliaria calandra
52. Greylag Goose, Anser anser
53. Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
54. Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
55. Coot, Fulica atra
56. Oystercatcher, Haematopus Ostralegus
57. Redshank, Tringa tetanus;
58. Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus
59. Snipe, Gallinago gallinago
60. Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos
61. Black-headed Gull, Larus ridibundus
62. Common Gull, Larus canus
63. Sedge Warbler, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
64. Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus scirpaceus
65. Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus

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An evocative, enjoyable listen

What made the experience of listening to Countryside Birds the most enjoyable?

Just listening to the songs of the birds


What was one of the most memorable moments of Countryside Birds?

hearing waders and other birds found away from woodland


Which character – as performed by Cookie Weymouth – was your favourite?

lapwing, curlew, blackbird, nuthatch, though not performed by cookie


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I was taken in by the atmosphere


Any additional comments?

If you love listening to the sounds of different birds, this is a great book. There may be no story, but there doesn't need to be.

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- jillian grant

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-04-2012
  • Publisher: The British Library