The Alien Birds Have Landed

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01The Pheasant2012082020200802 (R4)Alison Steadman tells the story of why and how so many birds that make up the avifauna of Britain are aliens from elsewhere. Programme one: pheasant.

Producer: Tim Dee.

Alison Steadman tells the story of how and why the pheasant became a British bird.

Alison Steadman on why so many birds in Britain are aliens from elsewhere

02The Canada Goose And Ruddy Duck2012082120200809 (R4)Alison Steadman tells the story of how and why the Canada Goose and Ruddy Duck became British Birds. Both started out in North America and only got here thanks to man. The Canada Goose is tolerated but the Ruddy Duck has been shot to extinction in Britain. What is going on?

Producer: Tim Dee.

Alison Steadman tells how the Canada goose and ruddy duck became British birds.

Alison Steadman tells how the Canada Goose and Ruddy Duck became British Birds.

Alison Steadman on why so many birds in Britain are aliens from elsewhere

03The Little Owl And Eagle Owl2012082220200816 (R4)Alison Steadman tells how the Little Owl became British and how the Eagle Owl might too. How should it be decided what makes a British bird?

Producer: Tim Dee.

Alison Steadman asks how it should be decided what makes a British bird.

Alison Steadman tells how the Little Owl became British and how the Eagle Owl might too.

Alison Steadman on why so many birds in Britain are aliens from elsewhere

04The Rose-ringed Parakeet2012082320200823 (R4)Alison Steadman tells the story of how and why the Rose-ringed Parakeet became a British bird. Are alien birds apt expressions of our botched tenancy of the planet? Should we be more careful about how we meddle with nature?

Producer: Tim Dee.

Alison Steadman tells how a parakeet became a British bird.

Alison Steadman on why so many birds in Britain are aliens from elsewhere

05 LASTThe Starling And Blackbird2012082420200830 (R4)Alison Steadman tells the story of how and why the starling is hated in North America.

Alison Steadman tells the story of how and why the Starling is hated in North America and the Blackbird in New Zealand. Historically as much as today we have meddled with nature. It's a risky business. Can we undo our mistakes or is it too late?

Producer: Tim Dee.

Alison Steadman tells the story of how and why the Starling is hated in North America.

Alison Steadman on why so many birds in Britain are aliens from elsewhere