35 episodes

Welcome to The Lodge Cast! Join us as we welcome beavers back to British rivers and, with the help of amazing guests, chat about everything from the state of nature in the UK to diversity in conservation. Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

The Lodge Cast Beaver Trust

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

Welcome to The Lodge Cast! Join us as we welcome beavers back to British rivers and, with the help of amazing guests, chat about everything from the state of nature in the UK to diversity in conservation. Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

    Why Beavers Are The Cake: with Chris Packham CBE

    Why Beavers Are The Cake: with Chris Packham CBE

    Who better to close the series than the one and only, Chris Packham CBE?
    Chris is a world-renowned naturalist, campaigner, broadcaster and science communicator. He makes waves across the conservation sector for championing the natural world, and we couldn't think of a better guest to help us understand the big stuff: beavers, biodiversity, climate - and the road ahead.
    Also coming up: Producer Emma makes an appearance as judge to deliver overall series winners of the #FactOff and the QUIZ.
    Need we say more? Dive on in! 
    Would you like to discuss anything from this episode or the series with our expert team? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust. 
    Want more beaver? Please subscribe and leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 
    This episode is a mixture of fact and opinion. It was hosted by Eva Bishop and Sophie Pavelle, produced and edited by Emma Brisdion, and mixed by Mark Skinner, for Beaver Trust.

    • 57 min
    Enabling Water and Finding Resilience: with Professor Richard Brazier

    Enabling Water and Finding Resilience: with Professor Richard Brazier

    This week we're joined by Professor Richard Brazier - a leading academic in Earth Surface Processes at the University of Exeter and an authority on how beavers interact with a changing landscape.
    Richard co-directs the University’s Centre for Resilience in Environment Water and Waste (CREWW), which pioneers research projects that find out how we can better protect the environment and live alongside it. Most notably, Richard was also a key figure in the research that led to the success of the River Otter Beaver Trial in 2020!
    Also coming up: the #FactOff challenge and Eva might be leaving Sophie in tears in the QUIZ...
    Need we say more? Dive on in! 
    Would you like to discuss anything from this episode with our expert team? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust. 
    Want more beaver? Please subscribe and leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 
    This episode is a mixture of fact and opinion. It was hosted by Eva Bishop and Sophie Pavelle, produced and edited by Emma Brisdion, and mixed by Mark Skinner, for Beaver Trust.

    • 46 min
    Fighting Megafires with Beavers: the return of Dr Emily Fairfax

    Fighting Megafires with Beavers: the return of Dr Emily Fairfax

    Following the news that 2023 was officially Earth's hottest year on record, Eva and Sophie want answers.
    This week, we return to ecohydrologist, assistant professor and science communicator, Dr Emily Fairfax  - world-renowned beaver researcher and Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, and our go-to for all things beaver and wildfire.
    Emily is leading groundbreaking research in the States into how beaver wetlands can act as natural firebreaks, and mitigate against extreme climate-induced megafires.
    Since she came on The Lodge Cast back in Series 2, it's time for an update. What lessons can Britain learn from the States in enlisting beavers to help strengthen landscape resilience against the climate? How can beavers restore areas of habitat that were destroyed? And why does this matter?
    Also coming up: the #FactOff challenge and Sophie tests Eva's spark in the QUIZ...
    Need we say more? Dive on in! 
    Would you like to discuss anything from this episode with our expert team? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust. 
    Want more beaver? Please subscribe and leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 
    This episode is a mixture of fact and opinion. It was hosted by Eva Bishop and Sophie Pavelle, produced and edited by Emma Brisdion, and mixed by Mark Skinner, for Beaver Trust.

    • 48 min
    Why Beavers Can Help Us In The Climate and Biodiversity Crisis: with Bob Ward

    Why Beavers Can Help Us In The Climate and Biodiversity Crisis: with Bob Ward

    Greetings fair listeners! And welcome back to a brand new, shiny series of Beaver Trust's The Lodge Cast!
    In our sixth series join us on an international journey of discovery, where, with the help of leading experts we navigate the global crisis of climate change, how it is playing out locally here in Britain and where beavers fit into the conversation. It’s a highly complex subject, so in this series we hope to illuminate why that is.
    To start us off, we welcome none other than Bob Ward  - Policy and Communications Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.
    As the Deputy Chair of the London Climate Change Partnership, and he’s spoken out on beavers being brought back to Britain, saying that there is a clear need for them to help manage the impacts of climate change, such as flooding, drought and wildfire.
    Also coming up: the return of the iconic #FactOff challenge and Eva puts Sophie's climate change knowledge to the test in the QUIZ...
    Need we say more? Dive on in! 
    Would you like to discuss anything from this episode with our expert team? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust. 
    Want more beaver? Please subscribe and leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 
    This episode is a mixture of fact and opinion. It was hosted by Eva Bishop and Sophie Pavelle, produced and edited by Emma Brisdion, and mixed by Mark Skinner, for Beaver Trust.

    • 44 min
    Better The Beaver You Know: ’diggering around’ the landscape - with Gerhard Schwab

    Better The Beaver You Know: ’diggering around’ the landscape - with Gerhard Schwab

    Who better to close the fifth series of #TheLodgeCast than the man, the myth, the legend - Gerhard Schwab?!
    Regarded by many as the ‘Beaver Godfather’ of Europe, with a lifetime of dedication to beaver reintroduction and human/wildlife coexistence gaining him major prominence in the beaver restoration movement across Europe. 
    In 1988 Gerhard began what started as a four-year review of Bavarian beavers. And ever since then he has been involved in reintroduction programmes across Europe. He’s designed and implemented a beaver management system for Bavaria, and a training system attended by over 700 local beaver consultants.
    Safe to say - Gehard has enormous respect across the reintroduction sector - and without further ado, we invite you to sit comfortably and tune into this frank, pragmatic and provoking conversation!
    Also coming up: the FINAL #FactOff of the series, a QUIZ, and a special visit from marvellous Producer Emma, who will give the final scores of the series! Hold onto your (non-beaver) hats! 
    Would you like to discuss anything from this episode or the rest of Series 5 with our expert team? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust. 
    Want more beaver? Please subscribe and leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 
    Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. 
    Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.

    • 49 min
    Managing Beavers within Britain’s Licensing Landscape - with Dr Jenny Bryce and Dr Roisin Campbell-Palmer

    Managing Beavers within Britain’s Licensing Landscape - with Dr Jenny Bryce and Dr Roisin Campbell-Palmer

    In this episode, we are joined by two key voices in the beaver management world.
    To help us better understand the Scottish lived experience with beavers, and to unpack the opportunities presented by the landmark Scottish Beaver Strategy, we speak to Dr Jenny Bryce a Wildlife Ecologist for NatureScot.
    We then pull on our boots, and hit the ground running in a conversation with Dr Roisin Campbell-Palmer - Beaver Trust’s Head of Restoration and the Lodge Cast’s debut returning guest! Roisin offers a reality check on the management of beavers on the field, and reminds us of the hierarchy of mitigation techniques. No situation is the same - it’s catchment dependent - and coexistence often calls for a complex blend of the human and the ecological. 
    Both women deliver a fascinating conversation into where Britain is at with beaver reintroduction, and what lessons one nation can learn from another - and how a well-managed, supported future alongside beavers is something we must expect and hope for.
    Also coming up: the #FactOff challenge gets hot and Eva tests Sophie to the limits in the QUIZ...
    Need we say more? Dive on in! 
    Would you like to discuss anything from this episode with our expert team? We want to hear from you: Beaver Trust. 
    Want more beaver? Please subscribe and leave us a lovely little review, so we can bring the joy of beavers to more ears! 
    Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. 
    Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Ponyland ,

Absolutely fabulous

Interesting, inspiring and love love love the facts - they make it into my own educational tours of a beaver enclosure in Essex and love learning more about beavers and work of beaver trust to share with young people I get to work with. Keep up the good work - you guys are brilliant!

Bob Beaman ,

Fantastic

Absolutely fascinating & light hearted podcast giving us lots of beaver facts& puns that would make a Carry screen writer spit out out their tea…..

A Devon Al ,

One of my favourite podcasts

My only problem is that it is not on more often

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