Honey buzzards in Wales – episode one of a new season of Plodcasts!

Meet the honey buzzards in Britain on a thrilling bird-ringing expedition in a secret forest in South Wales – episode 1 of a new season of BBC Countryfile Magazine Plodcasts

Honey buzzard bill is specially adapted for tearing open wasp nests and picking up grubs

Welcome to episode 1 of season 7 of the BBC Countryfile Magazine plodcast – and meet the honey buzzards in a secret forest in South Wales.

Honey buzzards are scarce summer migrants to the UK – a bird of prey that feeds mainly on wasps. Here Fergus Collins joins an expedition led by ornithologist Steve Roberts to locate a honey buzzard nest and ring the chicks in order to monitor their progress as they attempt to colonise the region.

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Honey buzzard chicks in South Wales
Honey buzzard chicks being fitted with rings so they can be identified as adults. Bird ringing is an important tool in helping follow bird movements and thus provide protection. Image by Fergus Collins