The Charm Of Birds

A four-part series exploring the changing character of British birdsong over the course of a year as a backdrop to the life of field naturalist and Britain's longest-serving foreign secretary, Edward Grey.

Narrated by Anthony Hyde.

Readers: Julian Glover and Maureen O'Brien.

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01Early Spring1999111220001001

A four-part series exploring the changing character of British birdsong over the course of a year as a backdrop to the life of field naturalist and Britain's longest-serving foreign secretary, Edward Grey.

Narrated by Anthony Hyde.

Readers: Julian Glover and Maureen O'Brien.The song of the mistle thrush and the curlew anticipate spring and the young Grey enters politics.

02The Dawn Chorus1999111920001008

Grey spends his happiest years with his wife Dorothy on the River Itchen, escaping the rigours of political life.

03Late Summer And Waning Birdsong1999112620001015

The shadows of the Great War are gathering.

In 1910 Grey walks through the New Forest with Theodore Roosevelt and finds a kindred spirit.

04 LASTThe Coming Of Winter1999120320001022

Grey retires to the Lords and is beset by further tragedy - two homes are destroyed by fire, his second wife dies and he loses his eyesight.