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Hidden Stories of The Royal Parks

A podcast series where we take a behind-the-scenes look at our eight Royal Parks.

From the Royal Observatory of Greenwich Park to the roaming deer of Richmond, together we’ll explore 5,000 acres of historical parkland right in the middle of London. We will meet some of the incredible experts who work at The Royal Parks and discover the fascinating stories of these iconic green spaces.

Episode 2: Dawn Chorus

In this episode, we explore the incredible natural event called Dawn Chorus. Royal Parks team members Tony Duckett, a conservation officer, and Alison Dent, a learning officer, share their expertise about this special song that nature sings this time of year.

Tune in to learn more about what Dawn Chorus is and why it only happens during a short window in spring. You’ll learn how to identify a variety of birds by their song, many of which you may hear on your daily walks. Our team shares stories of the unique birds that can be found in our Royal Parks, including a special sighting of a Red Throated Diver.

Published: Saturday 16th May 2020

Episode 1: The Pelicans of St. James's Park

In this episode, we interview Hugh Smith, our wildlife officer. Hugh looks after and feeds our resident pelicans in St James's Park, while also looking after all our other wildlife.

Hugh talks about what it's like to look after 6 Great White Pelicans, the stories of how they arrived into the park and about the mischievous Gargi who flew away on a holiday only a few weeks ago.

We talk about the history of St James's Park and tell you about some secrets that you may not know about, including a story about a governor of Duck Island and his connection with Champagne.

Published: Monday 4th May 2020

Trailer: Hidden Stories of The Royal Parks

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