Shared Earth

Dylan Winter presents a topical magazine series celebrating the natural world and discovering what everyone can do to help conserve wildlife, habitats and reduce our footprint on the planet.



Amongst the items in this week's programme, Dylan travels to Frankfurt to find out how 'green' the 2006 World Cup is and reporter Brett Westwood gives details of an important new bird survey to take part in.


Dylan Winter reports back from a recent conference where ecologists from across Europe gathered to discuss bringing back the beaver to Britain.


Dylan Winter explores how carbon offsetting works and the ways in which it can allow people to play their part in helping the environment.

He also joins Brett Westwood to indulge in some lunch hour wildlife watching, and finds out just how much exciting wildlife lives within reach of everyone's workplace even in the busiest of cities.


Dylan Winter finds out how England's 12 Community Forests have helped create important new urban woodlands as well as an enriched environment for their local communities.


Dylan Winter finds out what five weeks of woodpecker watching has thrown up in the BTO Great Spotted Woodpecker Survey. He also looks at fuel efficient cars of the future.


He learns how important traditional orchards are for wildlife and what can be done to conserve them.


This edition features a ruthless eight-legged killer found on the kitchen ceiling and asks how our city parks will look in 2050.


Dylan Winter is on the trail of one of the most obvious signs of autumn, as he joins botanist Ray Woods for a fungal foray into the Welsh hillside.


Getting closer than ever to nature, Dylan Winter helps Britain's top soil artist gather her materials of mud and muck on a Cumbrian farm.


He enjoys some of the best autumn wildlife spectacles in Scotland, from salmon leaping upstream to spawn on a river in full spate in Perthshire to the arrival of tens of thousands of wintering geese on Islay.

He also finds out how the largest conservation project for Atlantic salmon is ensuring that the rivers are in the best condition for the returning fish and what plans are in place so that local farmers on Islay can still make a living whilst accommodating their noisy and destructive winter visitors.

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He celebrates an eco-wedding and finds out what makes a good reservoir for wildlife.


Dylan Winter heads to Exmoor to find out how to bung up a bog and restore this crucial moorland habitat for both man's benefit and the wildlife. He's also in Cornwall with the RSPB on the trail of some recently released cirl buntings as they settle into their new home.


Dylan Winter visits the Thames Estuary in search of the mysterious Distinguished Jumper.


He takes a stroll along a beach to see what unusual and exotic marine wildlife has been washed ashore by winter storms. He also witnesses the heartening signs of the return of a rare farmland bird species as it settles into its new home.

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The highest mountain in England and Wales could lose all its snow cover by 2020. Dylan Winter finds out what this means for its rare alpine plantlife.


In the midst of National Nest Box Week, there's hints and tips about how to help garden birds this Spring. Brett Westwood returns to the Gloucestershire wood owned by a listener to provide more woodland management advice.

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Dylan Winter scrapes the frozen earth of Pembrokeshire in search of the first wild foods of Spring.


He meets a pest controller who wouldn't hurt a fly and searches for wildlife in the manicured gardens of Britain's stateliest homes.


With summer in full bloom, he finds out how conservationists are helping to prevent the beautiful variety of native arable plants disappearing from our fields.

Brett Westwood returns to Fernley Wood, featured in the last series, to search for the ghostly birds' nest orchid in flower.


He discovers the astonishing variety of life among sand dunes, goes radio-tracking bats in Dorset and helps to release the inner-city wilderness of Glasgow's ponds.


To celebrate National Whale and Dolphin Watching Week, he joins an enthusiastic band of volunteers as they scan the coastline for marine mammals. He goes on the hunt for the dormouse in a Gloucestershire wood ventures out after dark to join female glow worms as they turn on their lights to attract the males.


The British bumble bee is becoming an endangered insect. Three species have been declared extinct, with potentially disastrous effects upon the crops they pollinate. Dylan finds out how every gardener can do their bit to save our hardest working insects.

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Antony Gormley's strandline statues have brought an eerie inhuman presence to Crosby Beach near Liverpool. They've attracted thousands of human visitors, but how has marine life taken to them? Dylan meets the barnacles who've felt the irresistible pull of great art.


He meets Fergus the Forager, a man determined to create a daily feast from food foraged from the countryside.


He meets a nature lover driven to despair by wildlife protection laws.


Twenty years have passed since the publication of the last Atlas of British Birds, and Dylan asks how we can all contribute to the next edition.


He meets an archaeologist attempting to reconstruct the plant and wild animal life exploited by prehistoric man.

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He examines Britain's role as a stop on the autumn migration route.


He explores some reasons to be cheerful in February as he listens to birdsong in the Mendip Hills. In the International Year of Planet Earth, he celebrates the science of geology with Prof Mike Benton.


Dylan visits the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.


He takes an in-depth look at land ownership. Vast areas of Scotland are run by absentee landlords, but what are the consequences for the local communities and wildlife? He also investigates how places of special interest can be transformed by communal ownership.


He reports on otters in the centre of Newport, a rare sighting of egrets arriving in Scotland and bird watchers dusting off their notepads for a new year.

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He contrasts our different attitudes to looking after animals. A fish in the National Marine Aquarium is trained over months to accept people, but the needs and concerns of battery hens are not often a top priority.


He explores what can be done to benefit wildlife in the countryside.


He meets Professor Ben Sheldon at Wytham Woods in Oxfordshire to find out how great tits are coping with climate change.


He investigates a new scheme to put a financial price tag on London's trees.


Dylan Winter discovers the benefits of conservation grazing and meets some 'lawnmowers with attitude'. He also explores seaweeds, the unsung heroes of the natural world.