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Saving Species on BBC Radio 4 explores biodiversity, conservation and natural history, both in the UK and across the globe. For this Saving Species the role of wetland habitats in providing a winte...ring refuge for our own wildfowl, and to birds from more northern areas of Europe, is explored at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust reserve at Welney in Cambridgeshire and Lymington Marshes in Hampshire. Joanna Pinnock visits Welney at dawn to witness the very noisy but magical spectacle of thousands of Whooper and Bewick's swans flighting off from the pools by the reserve centre to head out to feed on the fields for the day. Over 1,000 Bewick's swans arrive and up to 5,000 Whooper swans with many more out on the 2,000 hectares which make up the Ouse Washes and surrounding fields. Chris Sperring is on the Hampshire coast at the Lymington-Keyhaven nature reserve which is home to important numbers of Dark-bellied Brent Geese amongst many other species of smaller ducks. The geese come to the reserve for the winter from Siberia. With their distinctive call, these grass grazers benefit from the rough grazing management which takes place in the summer with cattle and which ensures a short rich sward for the geese when they return for the winter. Also in the programme - news from around the world with our regular news reporter, Kelvin Boot, plus we'll update you on the activities of the Open University's iSpot.
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Series: Saving species; Series 3
Episode 18
First transmission date: 2013-01-01
Original broadcast channel: BBC Radio 4
Published: 2013
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Duration: 00:28:00
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Producer: Sheena Duncan
Presenter: Joanna Pinnock
Contributors: Phil Atkinson; Kelvin Boot; Paul Evans; Leigh Marshall; Joanna Pinnock; Pete Potts; Chris Sperring; Brett Westwood
Publisher: BBC Open University
Production number: AUDA584B
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