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A Guide to British Coastal Birds & Their Sounds

A Guide to British Coastal Birds & Their Sounds

Brett Westwood & Stephen Moss

Join Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss in this fascinating guide to the sounds of our most popular coastal birds, as heard on BBC Radio 4. In the fourth of the BBC series of audio bird guides, Brett Westwood is joined by keen birdwatcher Stephen Moss on the north coast of Devon, and with the help of wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson they offer a practical and entertaining guide to identifying many of the birds you're likely to see and hear around Britain's coastline. Each programme focuses on a different habitat, starting with estuaries and birds such as Redshank, Dunlin, Curlew and Knot, then sandy shores and birds including Common and Sandwich Tern; rocky shores (Rock Pipit, Turnstone), sea cliffs (Fulmar, Guillemot, Razorbill), and offshore islands (Puffin, Manx Shearwater and Arctic Tern). Listen to advice on how to recognise birds visually and how to identify them from their calls and songs. After all, often you're more likely to hear a bird than see it! 75 min.

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Common NameScientific Name
Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis
Manx ShearwaterPuffinus puffinus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Red KnotCalidris canutus
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
RazorbillAlca torda
Common GuillemotUria aalge
Atlantic PuffinFratercula arctica
Rock PipitAnthus petrosus

Disclaimer The species list above is in systematic order, the taxonomy and nomenclature of which generally follows the Wells World Birds list on Birder's Diary v3.0 (courtesy of Thayer Software:, with adaptations by WildSounds.
The Wells World Birds list is based on a classification created by Mic Wells.
Please note that the above list may not be in the same order or be a full and accurate representation of the species on the title concerned. We take due care to ensure the accuracy of the list, but should you find any errors, please notify us.

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