The Estuary

Peter France narrates an extraordinary story of life on the Wash as the tides and the seasons change, set against a backdrop of sounds recorded on location by Chris Watson.

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01* * *2007123120090404
20090705 (R4)

At low tide, the vast expanses of mud which stretch almost as far as the eye can see are a magnet for migratory birds.

At low tide, the vast expanses of mud are a magnet for migratory birds.

02* *2008010120090418
20090712 (R4)

As the tide turns and starts to advance across the mud flats, the dunlin, knot, curlew and other feeding birds are forced to move nearer and nearer the shore.

As the tide turns, the feeding birds are forced to move nearer and nearer the shore.

Peter France narrates an extraordinary story of life on the Wash as the tides and the seasons change, set against a backdrop of sounds recorded on location by Chris Watson.

03* *2008010220090425

The birds have been pushed across the mud flats by the advancing tide.

They soon run out of space and are forced into the air in one of Britain's greatest natural spectacles.

Peter France narrates an extraordinary story of life on the Wash as the tides and the seasons change, set against a backdrop of sounds recorded on location by Chris Watson.

The birds, retreating before the rising tide, run out of space and are forced into the air

04*2008010320090502
20090726 (R4)

Peter France narrates an extraordinary story of life on the Wash as the tides and the seasons change, set against a backdrop of sounds recorded on location by Chris Watson.

As the tide begins to recede, the hundreds of thousands of birds which had been roosting inland on the shingle banks and lagoons return to the mud flats, providing a noisy and wonderful spectacle.

As the tide begins to recede, hundreds of thousands of birds return to the mud flats.

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05 LAST2008010420090509

How might climate change and rising sea levels affect this wild, desolate and beautiful landscape?

How might climate change and rising sea levels affect the area?

Peter considers the threats the estuary faces in the 21st century.

05 LAST*20090802

Peter France narrates an extraordinary story of life on the Wash as the tides and the seasons change, set against a backdrop of sounds recorded on location by Chris Watson.

How might climate change and rising sea levels affect this wild, desolate and beautiful landscape?

How might climate change and rising sea levels affect the area?