Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day is a British radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on weekdays at 05.58am from Monday to Friday.[1] In the current format, the Sunday episode, (08.58am), no longer features birdsong, instead the presenter explains their reasons for 'curating' the coming week's broadcasts, selected from all 3 series .

Tweet of the Day
Running time90 seconds
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Home stationBBC Radio 4
Hosted byVarious BBC wildlife presenters
Original release6 May 2013 – present
No. of series3
No. of episodes500
WebsiteTweet of the Day
PodcastPodcasts & Downloads

The format of an episode is a short programme of 90 seconds, the original series featuring the song or sounds of a British bird, visitor, or bird chorus and a few facts about each bird described by a BBC wildlife presenter.[1]

The first episode was broadcast on 6 May 2013 and featured the song of the male common cuckoo presented by David Attenborough.[1][2] The series won the Broadcasting Press Guild's award for radio programme of the year in 2014.[3] The series was scheduled across a year, by the end of which 266 different bird sounds had been featured.[1] The original series was repeated before Series Two.

A follow-up series Tweet of the Day: World Birds, featured a mix of worldwide and British bird species. A third series features very little birdsong, but instead features a guest describing the effect a particular species' calls has had on them personally. The current broadcasts are two week batches of repeats.[4]


• Original series - David Attenborough, Miranda Krestovnikoff, Steve Backshall, Michaela Strachan, Brett Westwood, Bill Oddie, Chris Packham, John Aitchison, Kate Humble, Liz Bonnin and Martin Hughes-Games.[5]
• Second series - As above, plus Michael Palin, etc.

Sound recordists

• Original series - Chris Watson, Gary Moore, Geoff Sample, and Simon Elliott.[5]
• Second series - Recordings sourced from various audio libraries worldwide.


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