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Podcast Episode 1: The Nightingale

Our inaugural episode celebrates the return of the nightingale to Knepp Wildland this spring. The nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos) has seen an impressive increase in numbers at Knepp Wildland since the beginning of the rewilding project, and 2020 has been a bumper year (although we didn’t know this at the time of recording!) with somewhere in the region of 30 singing males in the southern block of the project.

Sideshow Dave joins us on this episode as we talk about nightingales during our nocturnal and dawn surveys. We’re also fortunate enough to be joined by Tony Davis, lead bird ringer and nest-finding guru at Knepp to talk about the importance of finding and monitoring the nests of this elusive species.

We end with the most wonderfully pure nightingale solo from beneath a full moon.

A nightingale nest at Knepp Wildland

This podcast wouldn’t have been possible without the support of some very talented people who have kindly given their time and exceptional talent to help get this from egg to fledgling! Many thanks go to: Lia Brazier for the beautiful artwork, Mat Davidson for the wonderful music and Ian Bunn for his magnificent editing skills.

Please note that all bird ringing is carried out by people who have received official training and have permits from the British Trust for Ornithology. If you’re interested in learning more about bird ringing and what we’re learning from it please do visit the BTO website.

Both bird ringing and nest finding is carried out by following codes of conducts, where the welfare of the bird comes first. To learn more about the Nest Record Scheme please see here.

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Knepp Wildland Safaris and campsite are all about the quiet and patient observation of nature.

Some of the species we are likely to encounter are shy or can be frightened by loud noises or sudden movements. Our campsite with open-air fire-pits, wood-burning stoves and an on-site pond is unsuitable for small children.

For this reason, our safaris, holiday cottages and campsite are suitable only for children of 12 and over.

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