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Wonderful wetlands RSPB 'podcast' a first

The magical sounds of wetland birds and wildlife are being beamed direct to people across the world, thanks to the RSPB's first ever 'podcast' broadcast from the internet.

A podcast is a 'live' audio broadcast that you can hear anytime, directly from your computer or downloaded to an MP3 or similar player.

The RSPB trial podcast gives listeners a relaxing insight into bitterns; the Society's Otmoor nature reserve, near Oxford; and its exciting outdoor education work, including thrilling pond dipping adventures. The broadcast previews the RSPB's forthcoming Feed the Birds Day on Saturday 29 October and even has a fun competition to win a superb RSPB Handbook of British Birds.

At this stage, the broadcast trial produced by Jane Markham of Podcats, is a one-off and should remain live via http://www.podcats.co.uk until the end of October.

Andy Waters, RSPB Public Affairs Officer, said: 'Reedbeds and wetlands are truly magical places and have brought this broadcast to life. It will inspire people to support the RSPB and to get out into the fresh air to enjoy and care for birds and wildlife. 'We are keen to find out if people enjoyed the broadcast and how they found the technology and broadcast quality. Once you've heard the recording, please give Podcats your feedback by e-mailing birds@podcats.co.uk '

This story first appeared on the RSPB website

4th July 2014