Welcome to The Sound Approach podcasts, interviews and conversations with a focus on birds and conservation issues hosted by Charlie Moores.

Ruth Peacey

Episode 13: January 2018

Charlie meets birdwatcher, conservationist, and film maker Ruth Peacey to talk activism, her recent Conservation Hero award… and penguins!

In part one Ruth talks about growing up in Bristol, her early – very early as it turns out – determination to work for the BBC, the encouragement – and discouragement – she met along the way – and about the birds that really captured her heart on a trip to one of the remotest places on earth…I began though by asking about that Birdwatch Magazine Award…

In the second part we discuss Ruth’s trips to document illegal shooting and trapping in Malta, Cyprus, and Italy, talk about why she joined Lush after so many years at the BBC, and end with a quick question to find out which bird species she would choose to film above all others; but I begin by asking why the BBC have seemed reluctant to make hard-hitting conservation stories…

• Follow Ruth on Twitter and Facebook
• Birdguides interview
• Malta: Massacre on migration
• Cyprus Songbird Slaughter | Hunting the Bird Hunters

Tim Appleton

Episode 12: December 2017

Tim in the middle with Steve Backshall (l) and Nick Baker (r).

In September 2016 Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust announced that it was looking for a new manager for its near 400 ha Rutland Water Nature Reserve part of the huge Rutland Water reservoir operated by Anglian Water. The announcement said that “The current Reserve Manager, Tim Appleton MBE, is stepping down after more than 40 very successful years in post.”

For many birdwatchers and conservationists this was the ending of an era.

In part one of a two part podcast Charlie talks with Tim about his early days growing up in Bristol, working with Sir Peter Scott at Slimbridge, and about coming to Rutland Water long before the water did…

In the second part Tim talks about setting up Birdfair at Rutland Water NR, the army of volunteers that ensure Birdfair’s smooth running, the huge amount of money the Birdfair has raised for conservation projects, and finally plans for his own future.

• Rutland Water Nature Reserve
• Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
• Birdfair
• Tim is on Twitter @Rutlandbirds

Assad Serhal

Episode 11: November 2017

Charlie talks with Assad Serhal, Director General of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon.

• Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon

Richard Porter

Episode 10: October 2017

Charlie talks with conservationist, author, and expert on the birds of the Middle East Richard Porter.

• Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME)

Ruth Tingay

Episode 9: September 2017

Charlie talks with Dr Ruth Tingay, a raptor conservationist with field experience from North & Central America, Europe, Africa, Central and SE Asia. She studied the critically endangered Madagascar Fish Eagle for a PhD at Nottingham University and is a past president of the Raptor Research Foundation. She’s currently researching the illegal persecution of raptors and its link with driven grouse shooting in the UK uplands.

• Ruth’s blog – essential reading for anyone interested in learning about the illegal persecution of our birds of prey

Rob Adams

Episode 8: August 2017

Charlie talks with Rob Adams, Chairman of Spurn Bird Observatory.

• Spurn Bird Observatory

Georgia Locock

Episode 7: August 2017

Charlie joins Georgia Locock at the mouth of the Humber following her cross-country Walking for Swifts.

• Georgia’s blog
• Fundraising site

Ian Wallace

Episode 6: August 2017

Charlie chats to birding legend Ian Wallace about a lifetime of birding.

In Part One they discuss Ian’s start in birdwatching, early trips abroad, and the fellow ‘greats’ that built birdwatching into the passion, hobby, and science that we know today.

In Part Two Ian and Charlie discuss Ian’s writing, the current and future state of birdwatching, and end with a genuinely lovely tribute to the ‘fellow beings’ that have so enriched Ian’s life….

Mark Constantine

Episode 5: April 2017

Mark Constantine

Charlie talks with Mark Constantine about all things Sound Approach.

Magnus Robb

Episode 4: April 2017

Magnus Robb

Charlie joins Magnus Robb for a morning of listening in the Portuguese cork-oak woods, where they discuss some of Magnus’s favourite tracks from The Beauty of The Sound Approach LP.

Anna Clayton

Episode 3: 2017

Charlie talks with Anna Clayton, a writer and researcher at Ethical Consumer magazine, shortly after the launch of a report she had written on the optics industry titled ‘Shooting Wildlife’ – Who makes your binoculars, cameras and spotting scopes.

Dr Mark Avery

Episode 2: 2017

At the end of October 2016 Dr Mark Avery was in Parliament to debate a petition he wrote to ban driven grouse shooting, Charlie met up with Mark in November when they chatted about what had been a long campaign.

Richard Hearn

Episode 1: 2017

Named after Estonian scientist and explorer Karl Ernst von Baer, Baer’s Pochard is a poorly-known but Critically Endangered species of East Asian duck. Charlie visited the Wildfowl and Wetlands’ Slimbridge Wetland Centre to talk with Richard Hearn, WWT’s Head of Monitoring.