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Bill Oddie1973081320190101 (BBC7)
20190102 (BBC7)

From the Bar-Tailed Godwit to the Black-Winged Stilt.

Back in the days when BBC Springwatch wasn't even a twinkle in Auntie's transmitters, Bill Oddie from 'The Goodies' tells Derek Jones about his longstanding love of bird watching, and his travels to see them - aided by recordings from the BBC Sound Archive.

Producer: John Burton.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 1973.

The Goodies star tells Derek Jones about his longstanding love of bird watching.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and birdlife

Derek Nimmo1973072320181218 (BBC7)
20181219 (BBC7)

From the Bar-Tailed Godwit to the Natterjack Toad. Actor, producer, author and Just A Minute panellist, Derek Nimmo talks to Derek Jones about his love of wildlife photography and filming, plus his recent trip to Australia - aided by recordings from the BBC Sound Archive.

Derek Nimmo: born 1930 - died 1999.

Producer: John Burton.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1973.

The actor talks to Derek Jones about his love of wildlife photography and filming.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and birdlife

Esmond Knight1976062820190625 (BBC7)

Late actor Esmond Knight loves the forlorn sounds of nature including some heard in India.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and wildlife.

Eva Rueber-staier1976020220190702 (BBC7)

Miss World 1969, Eva Rueber-Staier, talks about her encounters with African wildlife.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and wildlife.

Austrian born actress and former Miss World - Eva Rueber-Staier, shares some of her encounters with wildlife in Africa with Derek Jones.

Her chosen excerpts from the BBC Sound Archives include cheetahs purring and hippos grunting.

Produced at BBC Bristol by John Burton

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1976.

Harry Secombe1976011220190115 (BBC7)
20190116 (BBC7)

The comedian, actor and singer talks to Derek Jones about his love of wildlife photography

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and birdlife

Henry Longhurst1976010520190709 (BBC7)

The golf writer and commentator Henry Longhurst shares his love of nature with Derek Jones. Instilled from an early age, his two passions went very much "hand in hand."

Sounds from the BBC Archives include the nightingale, skylark and barn owl.

Produced by John Burton for BBC Bristol.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1976.

The golf writer Henry Longhurst shares his love of nature with Derek Jones.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and wildlife.

Hrh Prince Bernhard Of The Netherlands1980112620190604 (BBC7)

talks to Derek Jones about his conservation work.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and wildlife.

From his study in the Soestdijk Palace, HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands talks to Derek Jones about his worldwide work for the cause of nature conservation, and of his personal experiences with wild animals.

Using the BBC Sound Archives, he chooses some of his favourite animals including the White Rhino and the Goshawk.

HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands died in 2004 aged 93.

Producer: John Burton

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1980.

HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands talks to Derek Jones about his conservation work.

Humphrey Lyttelton1971053120190528 (BBC7)

Humphrey Lyttleton tells Derek Jones about his huge love of birdwatching - an activity he enjoyed on holidays in North Wales, on tour with the band - and in his back garden.

Best known to radio listeners as the presenter of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and The Best of Jazz, Hump was a trumpeter, jazz musician and band leader.

Producers: John Burton and Michael Bowen

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 1971.

Humphrey Lyttelton talks to Derek Jones about birds he has spotted at home and away.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and wildlife.

Percy Edwards1972010320181211 (BBC7)
20181212 (BBC7)

From Willow Warblers to Little Crakes. Bird-imitator, animal impersonator and entertainer, Percy Edwards discusses his love of the British countryside and, in particular, its birdlife with Derek Jones - aided by recordings from the BBC Sound Archive. Percy Edwards MBE: born 1908 - died 1996. Producer: John Burton.First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1972.

The bird imitator discusses with Derek Jones his love of the British countryside.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and birdlife

Peter Cushing1972011020181204 (BBC7)
20181205 (BBC7)

Award-winning actor Peter Cushing takes a break from making horror films to discuss his enthusiasm for the British countryside and its wildlife - aided by recordings from the BBC Sound Archive.

Peter tells Derek Jones how he used to spend hours with his late wife Helen watching wild birds from their home on the estuary at Whitstable in Kent.

Peter Cushing, OBE: born 1913 - died 1994.

Producer: John Burton.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1972.

The actor discusses with Derek Jones his love of the British countryside and its birdlife.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and birdlife

Robert Dougall1971050320190618 (BBC7)

BBC TV newsreader Robert Dougall shares his love of wildlife and conservation with Derek Jones.

He also chooses favourite animals courtesy of sound tracks from the BBC archives - from the Go-Away Bird to the Hippopotamus.

One of the original team of in-vision BBC TV newsreaders, Robert Dougall presented bulletins for nearly 20 years. He died aged 86 in 1999.

Produced by John Burton for BBC Bristol.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1971.

Robert Dougall shares his love of wildlife and conservation.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and wildlife.

Roger Whittaker1973070920190108 (BBC7)
20190109 (BBC7)

Singer Roger Whittaker shares his fascination for the wildlife of East Africa and Wales.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and birdlife

Virginia Mckenna And Bill Travers1972020720190611 (BBC7)

Married actors Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers talk to Derek Jones about the filming of Born Free in Africa, when they played real-life couple, Joy and George Adamson, who raised an orphaned lion cub called Elsa. They reveal it's influence over their subsequent approach to life.

Featuring recordings from the BBC Sound Archive - from the Brain Fever bird to the wild otter.

Producer: John Burton

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 1972.

The actors talk to Derek Jones about their experiences filming Born Free in Africa.

Derek Jones meets celebrities who love the British countryside and wildlife.