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English, Travel/Tourism, 18 seasons, 455 episodes, 3 days, 1 hour, 45 minutes
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BBC Countryfile Magazine brings you The Plodcast - a weekly escape to the British countryside with fascinating guests and the wonders of the great outdoors. Enjoy a new escape into the countryside every Tuesday and wind down with our Sound Escapes on a Friday. Find out more about us at www.countryfile.com/podcast Subscribe to the print version of BBC Countryfile Magazine at https://www.buysubscriptions.com/print/bbc-countryfile-magazine-subscription Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy (https://acast.com/privacy) for more information.
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Sound Escape 142: Listening to a storm outside while sitting indoors by the fire

We’re in a little cottage deep in the Dorset countryside. The fire is lit. Steam swirls from a mug of tea. The curtains are drawn and we wait. Outside, there is a moment of calm as though the world is taking a deep breath. A storm is rolling in off the Atlantic, but before the wind comes the rain. Thudding into the brickwork and flicking off leaves and guttering. In the warm, we cosy up to listen. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be. Recorded by Kevin Parr, presented by Hannah Tribe. Image by Getty Email the Plodcast team – and send your sound recordings of the countryside – to: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/10/202315 minutes, 8 seconds
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Sound escape 135. A lazy stroll along a beach of shingle in the sunshine

A late summer stroll through the shingle and sand of the south coast. There is warm sunshine between the cloud and a busy beach with families making the most of the holidays. Splash and laughter, ice-cream and sun-screen. And the gentle wash of the sea. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be. Recorded by Kevin Parr, presented by Hannah Tribe. Email the Plodcast team – and send your sound recordings of the countryside – to: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/22/202310 minutes, 13 seconds
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210: Walking St Patrick's Way 4: Biking in Tollymore Forest

It’s as close to a fairy glen you’ll ever experience. Plodcast host Fergus sets off into Tollymore Forest in County Down with local guide Vikki Canavan to find strange tales and curious wildlife along a river brimming with magic. Contact the Plodcast team and send your sound recordings of the countryside to: [email protected]. If your letter, email or message is read out on the show, you could WIN a Plodcast Postbag prize of a wildlife- or countryside-themed book chosen by the team. Visit the Countryfile Magazine website: countryfile.com Write to us: Plodcast, Countryfile Magazine Eagle House Bristol BS1 4ST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/5/202346 minutes, 47 seconds
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Sound Escape 127: The delicious patter of rain on a tent – on the Pembrokeshire coast

It’s night in a tent on the coast of Pembrokeshire. At some point during the dark hours, you stir. The rain is still falling, and there are layers to its sound. Great marbles of water fall from the beech tree above the tent; the wind throws buckets; then both become consumed by a deluge like no other, a shower so heavy that you could be in the raincloud itself. You’re grateful for your warm sleeping bag, and before you know it you’ve dropped once more into a deep, dreamless sleep. Recorded by Daniel Graham, presented by Hannah Tribe. Email the Plodcast team - and send your sound recordings of the countryside - to: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
7/27/202310 minutes, 11 seconds
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SOUND ESCAPE 121: A dreamy dawn chorus in a remote Scottish valley

We’re near Loch Maree in western Scotland. You’re not sure what woke you first, the light or the birds. Either way, you stir peacefully in your bed, the sun casting half-light across the stone walls of the cottage as the lilts of Scotland’s avian world pour in through the open windows. A wood pigeon, a cuckoo, a blackbird. Sparrows in the eaves.   BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a weekly audio postcard from the countryside to help you relax and transport you somewhere beautiful, wherever you happen to be.   Recorded by Daniel Graham, presented by Fergus Collins. Image by Getty   Email the Plodcast team – and send your sound recordings of the countryside – to: [email protected] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/16/202313 minutes, 1 second
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Sound Escape 44: the delightful song of a robin at dawn on Christmas Eve

Relax to the exquisite song of a robin singing in a country garden at dawn on Christmas Eve – with a chorus of next door's chickens for company. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Presented by Hannah Tribe, photo from Getty Images. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/24/202116 minutes, 33 seconds
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Sound Escape 43: unwind to the song of silver birch trees

You've clambered down from a Peak District ridge to take shelter in a silver birch woodland. The wind, the tail end of Storm Arwen, whooshes through the stark winter canopy - a deeply calming rise and fall of sound. BBC Countryfile Magazine's Sound Escapes are a gentle postcard from the British countryside each week that allows you a soothing few minutes escape into the wild, wherever you are. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/17/202111 minutes, 33 seconds
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Exploring Britain's most beautiful river – the River Dove

Take a stroll along a Peak District river in the company of Andrew Griffiths and meet local people with a passion for protecting their local – and very famous – waterway Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
9/7/201816 minutes, 46 seconds
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Discover how a great Peak District river is being restored to life

The Peak District's River Dove has been blighted by dozens of artificial weirs. Andrew Griffiths talks to local people about what can be done to bring the sparkle back to this famous trout stream Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/22/201811 minutes, 30 seconds
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Look for the first signs of spring in Silent Valley in South Wales

Wander Silent Valley national nature reserve listening to spring birdsong and looking for other signs of the new season with Countryfile Magazine's Fergus Collins and Rebecca Ward from the Gwent Wildlife Trust Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/15/201822 minutes, 13 seconds
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"How a tick bite changed my life," reveals England rugby legend Matt Dawson

England rugby world cup winner Matt Dawson talks to editor Fergus Collins about how he contracted lyme disease from a tick – and the drastic effect on his health. Photo by Oliver Edwards Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/13/201721 minutes, 2 seconds
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Why woodburning stoves are better than open fires

Woodsman Vincent Thurkettle reveals why wood burning stoves are so much more efficient then open fires when you want to heat your house. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/28/201610 minutes, 42 seconds
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Which firewood is best to use in a domestic fire or stove?

Forester and wood fire expert Vincent Thurkettle reveals the best wood species for using in a domestic fire Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/28/201614 minutes, 3 seconds
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TV naturalist Mike Dilger on his new book Nightingales In November

Naturalist and One Show regular Mike Dilger talks about his new book – and all things wild and beautiful – with Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
5/16/201620 minutes, 28 seconds
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Let's talk about Britain's woodlands – with forester Vincent Thurkettle

Woodsman Vincent Thurkettle talks about Britain's woodlands in the 21st century with editor Fergus Collins. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
4/20/201617 minutes, 24 seconds
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Enjoy a chat with bushcraft expert Ray Mears

In this podcast we hear from bushcraft expert, survivalist, author and TV presenter Ray Mears . To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/19/201611 minutes, 38 seconds
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Search for the earliest signs of spring in the Brecon Beacons

Search for the earliest signs of spring in the Brecon Beacons with BBC Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/3/201515 minutes, 57 seconds
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Enjoy a glorious dawn chorus in the Brecon Beacons

Find it hard to get up to listen to the dawn chorus? Then follow editor Fergus Collins on a three-hour walk listening to birdsong on the Blorenge Mountain in Monmouthshire. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/5/201422 minutes, 21 seconds
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How to get the family out into the countryside – plus rural news stories

The BBC Countryfile Magazine team talk about their March 2014 issue, the latest rural news stories and ideas for getting the whole family out and about in the British countryside. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/14/201424 minutes, 37 seconds
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Springwatch presenter Martin Hughes Games reveals behind the scenes secrets

BBC Springwatch presenter Martin Hughes Games joins editor Fergus and the team in the studio, to talk about the secret life of rabbits, how bats have babies and how he broke into the world of wildlife TV. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
6/1/201238 minutes, 19 seconds
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Countryfile's Matt Baker talks sheepdogs and Jules Hudson learns ancient skills

This month, Countryfile’s Matt Baker talks about his bizarre methods for training sheepdogs, fellow presenter Jules Hudson learns prehistoric skills in Worcestershire, and Abigail Whyte walks and scoffs with the Pudding Club in the Cotswolds. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/3/201126 minutes, 54 seconds
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Jules Hudson explores the Preseli Hills, plus the art of wassailing

This month Countryfile’s Jules Hudson discovers a new way of walking and an ancient landscape in Pembrokeshire’s Preseli Hills, while BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Vernon Harwood indulges in one of England’s oldest January traditions – wassailing the apple trees to ensure a good crop of cider this autumn. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
1/17/201119 minutes, 15 seconds
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Join a pub quiz and visit the Somerset Levels to see dancing starlings

This month the team challenge you to the Countryfile Magazine Pub Quiz, while editor Fergus goes in search of one of Britain’s most breathtaking winter spectacles: hundreds of thousands of starlings swirling above the Somerset Levels. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/1/201030 minutes, 16 seconds
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Discover Britain's most romantic ruins and roam the Yorkshire Wolds

This month the team challenge you to find Britain’s most romantic ruin and discuss the ones that got away, while editor Fergus explores a magical market town deep in the Yorkshire Wolds. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/22/201025 minutes, 4 seconds
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Countryfile Magazine: Waterways special

The team discuss Britain’s most enticing waterways and riverside experiences. A fly fishing expert shares tips on how to catch grayling and trout on the River Severn and a real life witch from Stratford-upon-Avon gives an insight into rural witchcraft today. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/5/201030 minutes, 49 seconds
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Discover a year in the life of a gamekeeper

This month the team discuss extreme challenges verses leisurely British breaks and pick their favourite features from the August issue, from Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall to the fate of the Cuckmere Valley. Plus, gamekeeper John Cowan shares a rare insight into his profession. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
8/9/201028 minutes, 6 seconds
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Explore the mysterious Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire

This month, the team discuss the brand new Easter issue of Countryfile magazine and magazine editor Fergus heads out into rural Wiltshire to explore the ancient landscapes of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
3/24/201023 minutes, 45 seconds
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Talking about how BBC Countryfile Magazine helps you explore the British countryside

It's a return of the Countryfile Magazine podcast as we celebrate the 400th Countryfile Magazine route card. To find out more, visit www.countryfile.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
2/10/201014 minutes, 1 second