Listen to the sounds of summer on Martin Down in Hampshire

Explore one of England's finest nature reserves at dusk to discover a stunning chorus of birdsong, glorious wildflowers and an astonishing encounter with a nocturnal hunter in this week's podcast.


Is Martin Down on the Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset border the best nature reserve in England for spring and summer wildlife? Editor Fergus Collins thinks so – he spends one fabulous evening wandering through orchid-filled meadows being serenaded by skylarks in this virtually unspoiled ancient landscape of chalk downland. Plus, listen out for an extraordinary encounter with an owl…

Green hills and countryside