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The Stubborn Light of Things

I am a nature writer and novelist, and I’m lucky enough to be able to walk out of my cottage straight into Suffolk’s beautiful open countryside. For six months – as spring 2020 broke over the British Isles, and summer turned to autumn – I documented the wonder and richness of the natural world and the changing seasons and brought the outdoors into as many locked-down homes as I could.

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I am a nature writer and novelist, and I’m lucky enough to be able to walk out of my cottage straight into Suffolk’s beautiful open countryside. For six months – as spring 2020 broke over the British Isles, and summer turned to autumn – I documented the wonder and richness of the natural world and the changing seasons and brought the outdoors into as many locked-down homes as I could.

Episode Twenty-eight: Outtakes

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Making a nature podcast is harder than you think... Note: Contains bad words and loud noises! Listen →

Oct 07 2020

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Episode Twenty-seven: Meaning

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Join Melissa for the last time on a longer walk than usual, taking in some familiar landmarks from earlier in the series. It’s a damp and misty autumn afternoon and the air smells of wet leaves and woodsmoke. Listen →

Oct 05 2020

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Episode Twenty-six: Weather

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Join Melissa in her cosy cottage as wind and rain lash down outside. The autumn migration is underway, and billions of birds are on the move; indoors, it’s time to light the fire. Listen →

Sep 28 2020

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Episode Twenty-five: Healing

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Join Melissa as she cycles to an abandoned World War II airbase and explores the old runways. A sharp breeze is plucking acorns from the trees, and skylarks are feeding in the brown stubble fields. Listen →

Sep 21 2020

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Episode Twenty-four: Faltering

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Join Melissa and Scout as they walk down towards the village at sunset. The shadows of oaks stretch long over the stubble fields, the evening star comes out and pheasants fuss and cluck themselves to bed. Listen →

Sep 14 2020

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Episode Twenty-three: Encounter

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Join Melissa as the sun rises on a crisp, cool autumn day; there are deer and hares in the dawn fields, and robins sing wistfully from the hedgerows. Listen →

Sep 07 2020

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Episode Twenty-two: Inheritance

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Join Melissa as she walks Scout through the grounds of a stately home. The weather’s wet and it’s starting to feel like autumn; there are sloes in the hedgerows, and the first horse chestnut leaves are on the ground. Listen →

Aug 31 2020

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Episode Twenty-one: Normal

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Join Melissa as she gets lost in a tangled wood on the edge of the village. It’s windy, and a robin sings from the understorey, while toadstools are sprouting underfoot. Listen →

Aug 24 2020

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Episode Twenty: Hope

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Join Melissa as she scrambles down from her perch in an ancient oak and walks to a five-acre meadow managed for wildlife. Potatoes are being harvested, and buzzards wheel on thermals high overhead. Listen →

Aug 17 2020

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Episode Nineteen: Ritual

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Join Melissa as she watches a huge combine harvester bringing in the golden wheat. The air is full of flying chaff, dragonflies, and the reedy sound of yellowhammers. Listen →

Aug 10 2020

26mins

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Episode Eighteen: Continuity

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Join Melissa as she explores a nearby arable farm. It’s a scorcher of a day, the heat hammering down, and grey partridges take cover in the shadier hedgerows. Listen →

Aug 03 2020

28mins

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Episode Seventeen: Knowing

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Join Melissa at dusk as she strolls around the peaceful village, looking for glow-worms. A tawny owl is calling from behind the church, and the hedgerows are full of crickets. Listen →

Jul 27 2020

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Episode Sixteen: Identity

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Join Melissa and her dog Scout on a muggy walk among mudflats, creeks and saltmarsh where Phragmites reeds and sea lavender grow. Listen →

Jul 20 2020

25mins

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Episode Fifteen: Names

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Join Melissa on a shingly Suffolk beach studded with sea kale, horned poppies and spiny blue eryngium. Listen →

Jul 13 2020

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Episode Fourteen: Looking

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Join Melissa on a circular walk around the village’s sunny meadows. It’s haymaking time, and grasshoppers zither from the tall grass. Listen →

Jul 06 2020

32mins

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Episode Thirteen: Listening

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Join Melissa as she listens for nightjars after dark. On Suffolk’s Sandlings the gorse smells of coconuts, while silver birches glimmer in the dusk. Listen →

Jun 29 2020

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Episode Twelve: Home

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Join Melissa as she pays a visit to a nearby rabbit warren. It’s the longest day of the year, and the weather is sultry. Listen →

Jun 22 2020

33mins

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Episode Eleven: Value

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Join Melissa as she looks for purring turtle doves. The tall June grass is thick with wildflowers, and songbirds are still in full and glorious voice. Listen →

Jun 15 2020

29mins

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Episode Ten: Binaries

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Join Melissa at twilight – the ‘blue hour’ – in a tangled copse. The hedges are garlanded with dog roses, and ox-eye daisies glimmer beneath. Listen →

Jun 08 2020

30mins

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Episode Nine: Memory

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Join Melissa as she follows the course of her local river. Elderflowers are taking over from cow parsley, and red damselflies throng the water. Listen →

Jun 01 2020

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Balm in a time of trouble

By EBS in NJ - Apr 27 2020
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Just lovely. Spring’s imperviousness to whatever we idiotic humans are doing has cheered me these last two months, and if I can’t get out to my usual birding haunts, experiencing spring in England through Melissa Harrison’s podcast is a very good substitute indeed. Production values are casual enough to make it feel like you're listening to a friend, which adds to its charm. Guest segments are very good, and the Gilbert White readings are deeply moving.

The Stubborn Light of Things

By DMS in GA-USA - Apr 20 2020
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This aural celebration of our connection with nature has already become my favorite podcast ever. Author Melissa Harrison is a superb guide.