Radio times

The poor weather this week has meant that we’ve spent more time indoors than we have in recent months, and our timing has been quite fortuitous as we keep stumbing across gems on the radio.

First, switching on the radio the other morning, we joined Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 part way through – just in time for their section on Urban Foraging. A short walk alongside Regent’s Canal in London with Alys Fowler uncovered a treasure trove including wild rocket, fat hen, rose hips, blackberries, elderberries and the fascinating-sounding garlic mustard – we’ll be out looking for it as soon as we get a dry day. We’re also keen to try Alys’ recommendation for drying elderberries for use in baking – well, when can Hannah ever resist new ideas for cakes & muffins?
Listen again (http://www NULL.bbc NULL.co NULL.uk/iplayer/console/b0145ywj) from 9 minutes 40 seconds

Our listening pleasure was further enhanced by another programme on Radio 4 broadcast on Thursday, Open Country, who joined Pembrokeshire group Neptune’s Army on an underwater clean-up expedition around the nature reserve of Skomer Island.

The waters off the Pembrokeshire Coast form the only Marine Reserve in Wales, with a huge range of species of animal & plant life, but the pressures of waste from boats, fishing and even flytipping have a massive impact on the underwater environment. Broken remnants of line and fishing hooks & lures continue to do the job for which they were designed even when discarded, whilst other litter can affect seals and seabirds. Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners are dedicated to removing litter from recreational and commercial fishing, jetsam from passing shipping and other potentially hazardous detritus that gathers on the seafloor.

Later in the programme, presenter Richard Uridge left the dive boat for a trip to Skomer Island to look at the impact of litter and other pollutants on the various wildlife colonies with warden Chris Taylor.

Listen again (http://www NULL.bbc NULL.co NULL.uk/iplayer/console/b0144pv6) on the BBC iPlayer, and find out more about Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners (http://www NULL.narc-cc NULL.org NULL.uk/), including how to help out, on their website.

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