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Sony award scoop for Norfolk wildlife fan Chris Skinner
Matthew Gudgin (right) and Chris Skinner at the Sony Awards 2010

Chris Skinner, a regular on BBC Radio Norfolk for 20 years, has won a Silver prize in the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2010 for Best Specialist Contributor.

An avid wildlife enthusiast, Chris painstakingly records the often unheard sounds of the countryside on his farm near Caistor St Edmund.

"Rarely is such dedication and patience exhibited in radio broadcasting," said event judges on Chris' work.

The Gold prize went to film expert Mark Kermode on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Chris was awarded the gong in London, alongside BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Matthew Gudgin with whom he broadcasts his nature recordings, on 10 May 2010.

"Chris Skinner inspires the admiration of the judges with an intimate exploration of nature in the Norfolk countryside, brought to life with his poetic descriptions, creating some truly magical radio moments," added the event's judges.

"It's always a delight to try and capture the sounds and bring them into the studio," said Chris.

Chris has been recording wildlife sounds, several times a day, for years and has amassed a unique collection.

He does have a favourite though.

"It's a recording of a nightingale which came to the farm for five consecutive years," said Chris.

"Each year the song became more and more competent - it was like the Pavarotti of the bird world. That is just spine tingling.

"Sharing the countryside and the world that we all live in with the creatures is a truly wonderful experience," he added.

Prizes for Best Specialist Contributor at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2010 were:

• Gold - Mark Kermode (BBC Radio 5 Live)

• Silver - Chris Skinner (BBC Radio Norfolk)

• Bronze - Maxwell Hutchinson (BBC London 94.9)

• Other nominations - Alan Dedicoat (BBC Radio 2), Steve Levine (Magnum Opus Broadcasting Ltd for BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music)

Chris Skinner can be heard with Matthew Gudgin every Monday on BBC Radio Norfolk, between 4pm and 7pm.

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