Enjoy the glorious 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.

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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…

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