In this week’s show, buckle your seatbelts as Genie Godula and Florence Villeminot focus on a French institution that, if you’re lucky, you can spot occasionally if you gaze up at the sky. The “Patrouille de France”, the precision aerobatics demonstration unit of the French Air and Space Force, is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
10 Dec 2022
Wildlife trafficking is the third most profitable illegal activity in the world, after arms trafficking and drug trafficking. In Brazil, where traffickers can earn nearly $2 billion a year, some 80 percent of trafficked animals are birds – often endangered species.
3 Jul 2021
We discuss how the press is reacting to France’s crushing loss in the Euros. Meanwhile, French and foreign papers focus on conservative heavyweight Xavier Bertrand after his comfortable win in France's regional elections. We also discuss some good news for birds when it comes to traps, feathers and seeds.
21 Oct 2020
Chris Skaife has one of the most important jobs in Britain: he is the Tower of London's "ravenmaster", responsible for keeping the ravens on site. According to a legend firmly anchored in the British collective imagination, if all the ravens were to leave the tower, the kingdom would collapse and the country be plunged into chaos. During the lockdown put in place to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Skaife faced an unprecedented challenge: he had to find new ways to entertain the birds, who found themselves without visitors to play with or steal food from, raising fears that they might fly away to find something to eat elsewhere and jeopardise the centuries-old legend.
11 Jun 2020
Six new chicks have joined the endangered vermilion flycatchers, a bird native to Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. Only 40 breeding pairs remain, making the species highly vulnerable to extinction.