Tom Heap

Go Wild
  • Go Wild

  • 22 BBC radio programmes celebrating the great outdoors, introduced by Harriet Noble

    Spending time in nature is good for both our bodies and minds - but with our hectic lives (not to mention the unreliable British weather), it can be hard to get outside as much as we'd like. But fear not: we've selected some of BBC Radio 4's best nature documentaries to transport you to the great outdoors - and encourage you to take your own trip into the wild.

    Discover the tranquility of canoeing down the River Waveney; go rambling in the countryside with Clare Balding; explore al fresco cooking with the Food Programme team and learn the history of Cornwall's colourful flower fields. Or why not go surfing in Scotland, off-grid in Wales or on a journey of a lifetime with Paralympian cyclist Karen Darke?

    These captivating programmes will let you experience the sights and sounds of nature - from an oak woodland to a rainforest canopy and a rock pool - and introduce you to some remarkable naturalists, such as filmmaker Roger Deakin, author Robert Macfarlane, pioneering ornithologist Emma Turner, writer and poet Nan Shepherd, and perfumer and mountain photographer Walter Poucher.

    Whether you're an intrepid explorer, a weekend micro-adventurer or simply a nature lover, you're sure to be inspired - so step away from your screen, get out into the open air and enjoy the beauty of the natural world.


    Cigarette on the Waveney - presented by Roger Deakin

    Ramblings: In Search of the Old Ways with Robert Macfarlane - presented by Clare Balding

    Open Country: Nan Shepherd's Cairngorms - presented by Helen Mark

    The Food Programme: Outdoor Cooking - presented by Sheila Dillon and Simon Parkes

    One to One: Isabel Hardman on nature and depression

    Ramblings: George Monbiot in search of the wild - presented by Clare Balding

    The Life Scientific: Sky at Night with Maggie Aderin-Pocock- presented by Jim Al-Khalili

    Open Country: Off Grid in Mid-Wales - presented by Ian Marchant

    A Guide to Coastal Wildlife: Rock Pools - presented by Brett Westwood and Phil Gates
    Sound recordist: Chris Watson

    Soundstage: The Oak Woodland
    Sound recordist: Chris Watson

    Costing the Earth: Cycle City - presented by Tom Heap

    Open Country: Surfing on Scotland's North Coast - presented by Helen Mark

    Journey of a Lifetime - Karen Darke: From Source to Sea via Me

    Nature: The Rainforest Canopy
    Recorded by wildlife cameraman John Aitchison

    Nature: Emma Turner - A Life in the Reeds
    Sound recordist: Chris Watson

    The Flower Fields - presented by Michael Bird

    The Perfumed Mountaineer - presented by Hayden Lorimer

    Living World: Winter Seashore - presented by Trai Anfield

    Open Country: The Boat Builders of Pin Mill - presented by Helen Mark

    Ramblings: Bonding Walks: Stiperstones, Shropshire - presented by Clare Balding

    Open Country: Somerset Wassail - presented by Helen Mark

    Winter Starlings
    Sound recordist: Chris Watson

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Tom Heap is the creator and presenter of BBC Radio's flagship climate change podcast '39 Ways to Save the Planet'. He is also a regular presenter on BBC1's Countryfile specialising in the more investigative films and has made many BBC Panorama documentaries on food, energy and the environment. Tom also hosts BBC Radio 4's regular environment series 'Costing the Earth'. For fun he likes to ride bikes, chop wood, watch films, grow chillies and bodge carpentry.

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