Burns’ birds

July 14, 2011

Our friends at the BBC thought you might like to know about this programme: Burns and Birds – a special programme from BBC Radio Scotland‘s Out of Doors team.

Broadcast on Saturday 16th July at 7.06 and again on Sunday 17th at 11.05 am on BBC Radio Scotland….

We hear from Burns enthusiasts about the attention to detail he had when featuring birds in his poems.

We learn about the bird which is displayed on the heraldic device Burns had made for his seal – and the controversy surrounding it.

We hear about changes to bird populations over the centuries since Burns’ time.

We discuss what could be Burns’ favourite bird.

And we visit Ailsa Craig – from where Burns wanted to source three to four stones of bird feathers for his bed.

The small birds rejoice‘, read by Billy Boyd

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