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Happy Valley & Farthing Downs Nature Trail
Narrators and Credits


Benjamin Zephaniah (Professor)
          Posts 1 and 12
Poet, writer
Martin Jarvis OBE
          Posts 2 and 22
Actor, writer, producer
Sir Tony Robinson
          Posts 3 and 7
Actor, comedian, author, television presenter
Georgia Toffolo
          Posts 4 and 23
Television and media personality
Sarah Jane Morris
          Post 5
Singer of pop, jazz, rock and R&B and a songwriter
Clare Balding OBE
          Posts 6 and 17
Broadcaster, journalist, and author
Noddy Holder MBE
          Posts 8 and 24
Musician, actor
Miriam Margolyes OBE
          Posts 10 and 27
Character actress, comedian
Joanna Lumley OBE, FRGS
          Posts 11 and 15
Actress, presenter, author, television producer
Gyles Brandreth
          Post 13
Author, broadcaster, actor
Gurinder Chadha OBE
          Post 14
Film director, writer
Richard O'Brien
          Posts 16 and 28
Actor, writer, musician, and television presenter
Dr Rowan Williams PC FBA FRSL FLSW
          Posts 18 and 26
104th Archbishop of Canterbury Bishop, theologian and poet
Ian McMillan
          Post 19
Poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster
Roger McGough CBE FRSL
          Post 21
Poet, performance poet, broadcaster, author and playwright
Lotte North (age 12)
          Post 29
Blue Peter Environment Badge applicant
Alice North
          Post 25
Pauline Payne
          Posts 9 and 20
Secretary, Friends of Farthing Downs and Happy Valley

Other Contributors
  • The Friends of Farthing Downs and Happy Valley who worked tirelessly to support all aspects of this project. Special mention goes to Ian Payne, Pauline Payne and Dr Graham Lomas for their work in designing and updating the web pages, producing a 64 page colour booklet to accompany the nature trail and for general support.
  • Ruth Abrahams for her incredibly useful and common-sense suggestions, without which the trail wouldn't have been possible
  • Alexandra Grachvogel for celebrity suggestions and musical connections

Additional audio material, used under Creative Commons Licence agreement:

Name of audio clip Creator/recordist Link
Birdsong, spring, English countrysidePhilbriceSpring birdsong, 17-06-13 nature reserve, Hampton Lode, Worcestershire
Beach-waves3bagbrewSound of gentle beach waves, 30-08-08 Jersey, Channel Islands
Summer-meadow baryy Summer Meadow, 06-11-17 County Donegal, Ireland
Skylark Benboncan Dual mono field recording of a skylark singing on the wing, 16-05-09
Common Kestrel Gerard Olivier Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) call, 06-05-20 Til-Châtel, Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France
Sheep Dominic North Sheep, 10-06-20 Happy Valley, Coulsdon
Great Spotted Woodpecker Uku Paal Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major major) adult, alarm call, call, drumming, 04-05-20 Kalana, Hiiumaa vald, Hiiu maakond, Estonia
Green Woodpecker Manuel Grosselet European Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis viridis) song, 08-01-16 Les Arcades, Nort-sur-Erdre, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
Nuthatch Alexander Henderson Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea) call, 21-04-19 Lower Woods, Gloucestershire
Dawn chorus, London nebulousflynn Mono recording of a Friday morning dawn chorus, 5 a.m., 26-04-14 London
Yellowhammer Frank Lambert Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella citrinella) song, 25-07-19 Fen End Farm, (near Cottenham), Cambridgeshire
Sheep and Yellowhammer Dominic NorthSheep and yellowhammer, 07-06-20 Lewes, East Sussex
Sawing wood Ruben Uitenweerde Sawing a piece of wood with a hand saw, 24-09-19
Snoring Dormouse Dave Williams, Surrey Dormouse Group Sleeping male dormouse in nest box, snoring loudly, 06-03-16 Surrey
Common Buzzard Harry hussey Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) call, 31-03-18 Inch, County Cork, Ireland
Red Kite Jens Kirkeby Red Kite (Milvus milvus) young (full-fethered) calling for food in the wood and following the parent birds over the tree tops, 17-08-05 Skovsrod, Ry, Denmark
Pond Dobroide Pebbles splashing in a pond, birds in background, 26-05-06