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Podcast brings Bristol bus users closer to nature

Simon King
Simon King shares his memories of wildlife-watching in Blaise woods

Bus users on a busy Bristol route are going to be able to get a bit closer to nature thanks to a new podcast.

Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT) is providing a free audio download detailing nature points of interest which can be seen from the number 40 bus, linking Old Market and Cribbs Causeway.

The first AWT WildBus podcast will become available from the Avon Wildlife Trust website on Monday, 12 July.

It has been produced by Julie Doherty from AWT, using the voices, stories and observations of trust members, local residents and expert naturalists.

Broadcaster Simon King even shares his boyhood memories of wildlife-watching in Blaise woods.

Julie Doherty said: "Buses are a great vantage point for viewing nature as well as an environmentally-friendly way to visit nature sites.

"The reason for starting with the number 40 route, is that it passes such an interesting range of wildlife habitats.

"It starts amid the tall towers in the centre where seagulls perch, then dipping in and out of built-up areas and openspace as it goes by way of The Downs, Sea Mills, Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston, and Henbury to the shops at Cribbs Causeway."

On the soundtrack, you can find out where to look for otters, find unusual plants, when to expect chiff chaffs on "Brandon Hill and why pigeons are good for Bristol.

Bus lane
The number 40 route from Old Market to Cribbs is involved in the project

Tony McNiff from First Bristol said: "We want to congratulate Avon Wildlife Trust.

"[This is an] innovative and imaginative way to combine new technology with the great viewing opportunities presented by bus windows to create a travelling nature observatory."

Avon Wildlife Trust is a UK registered charity working throughout Bristol, Bath and the surrounding areas and is "dedicated to inspiring people of all ages" about wildlife.

The launch of the WildBus podcast is part of a package of events and activities celebrating the charity's 30th birthday this year.

To find out more about AWT and how to get involved, you can check out the Avon Wildlife Trust website or call 0117 917 7270.

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