22 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.

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    • 4.7 • 25 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.

    Motherhood & Movie Making - with Nina Constable

    Motherhood & Movie Making - with Nina Constable

    *Final episode alert*! And it's a corker. We finally pin down the wonderful Nina Constable for an honest, open and (at times emotional!) chat about all things motherhood, moviemaking and courageous conservation storytelling. 


    Nina is an award winning self-shooting director/filmmaker based in Cornwall, UK. Her films have screened in festivals globally and her work has featured in many national broadcasts. Nina is dedicated to capturing and exploring the world we live in, believing in the power of film and photography to educate and inspire and, ultimately, to protect. 


    Nina has also directed and produced Beaver Trust's upcoming documentary about river buffers On The Edge, and offers some exclusive BTS content for you to look forward to! 


    Also coming up: a FINAL (rather desperate) #FactOff challenge and a winner-takes-all in the last QUIZ.


    Need we say more? Dive on in! 


    Are you a beaver believer? 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! 


    Thank you for listening! 


    Hosted by Sophie Pavelle and Eva Bishop. 


    Produced and edited by Emma Brisdion.


     


     

    • 43 min
    Can a Beaver Wetland Make You Feel Better? with Sam (wise) Gandy

    Can a Beaver Wetland Make You Feel Better? with Sam (wise) Gandy

    Have you ever wondered what time spent in a thriving beaver wetland might do for your mental health? It turns out that this is a hugely overlooked area of science, and Sophie and Eva turn to Sam Gandy for answers.


    Sam is an ecologist and researcher with Imperial College London, who has been working with Dr Ros Watts, Clinical Psychologist on a groundbreaking new piece of research demonstrating the psychological benefits of beaver reintroduction. Sam believes that nature connectedness shouldn't be looked at totally rationally, and is motivated in his work by the direct, emotional connection provoked by the story of hope that beavers bring. He argues that this psychological state is the key to shifting baselines and inspiring a change in mindsets, in nature restoration. 


    Read Sam and Ros's fascinating paper here.


    Also coming up: a  #FactOff challenge and Sophie confuses Eva and Emma in the QUIZ.


    Need we say more? Dive on in! 


    Are you a beaver believer? 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.


     

    • 43 min
    Beaver Wrestling & the Power of the Pod - with Emily Knight

    Beaver Wrestling & the Power of the Pod - with Emily Knight

    In the age of dual climate and biodiversity crises, endless jargon and deafening online 'noise', is science communication more important than ever to get right? You are in for a treat this week, as Sophie and Eva get down to business with 'Radio Lady-O' herself, Emily Knight.


    She is responsible for incredible BBC ear food like NatureBang, Extinction Tapes for Radio 4 and the BBC Earth Podcast. She’s one of our favourite people to listen to and we are thrilled you are about to join us in chatting with her about her exploits behind the mic, and why she thinks audio is such a powerful messaging medium at the moment. 


    Also coming up: a  #FactOff challenge and Emma tests Eva and Sophie's animal and literary prowess in the QUIZ.


    Need we say more? Dive on in! 


    Are you a beaver believer? 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.


     

    • 41 min
    River Buffers & the Giant Sponge - with Arlin Rickard OBE

    River Buffers & the Giant Sponge - with Arlin Rickard OBE

    Were you ever aware of the long lost story of The Great British Wetland? Introducing your storyteller: Arlin Rickard OBE.  Founder of the West Country Rivers Trust and later The Rivers Trust organisation, now their Chief Policy Advisor - Arlin is a leader of freshwater in his own league - leading the movement for over 25 years. 


    A key contributor in Beaver Trust's upcoming documentary about river buffers On The Edge, Arlin tells us how rivers should be highly connected, dynamic, multi-faceted systems, instead of reservoirs of pollutants. He explains how simple measures like river buffers could restore our rivers to ecological health, and crucially improve community and agricultural resilience to incidences of climate-induced flooding, drought and pollution. 


    Also coming up: a  #FactOff challenge and Eva puts Emma and Sophie's global river knowledge to the test.


    Need we say more? Dive on in! 


    Are you a beaver believer? 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.


     

    • 47 min
    Putting Nature in the Driving Seat - with Isabella Tree

    Putting Nature in the Driving Seat - with Isabella Tree

    Not many people have the guts to leave farming and pioneer a newer, wilder, potentially riskier approach to land management. But then farmer and conservationist, Charlie Burrell and his wife, Isabella Tree are not many people. Talking to Sophie and Eva from one of the most talked-about estates in the UK, and no doubt in a room not too far from nesting stalks, author and landowner Isabella Tree shares the inspirational story of Knepp Castle Estate - and shows us that we can dare to hope for a wilder future. 


    To buy Issy's award-winning book Wilding, click here. 


    To visit the glorious Knepp for yourself, click here. 


    Also coming up: a  #FactOff challenge and Sophie struggles with the alphabet in her quiz.


    Need we say more? Dive on in! 


    Are you a beaver believer? 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.

    • 46 min
    Beaver Hats & Beaver History - with Ben Goldfarb

    Beaver Hats & Beaver History - with Ben Goldfarb

    To kick off a brand new series, Team Lodge Cast at Beaver Trust couldn't think of a more apt person to help with this than Ben Goldfarb. 


    Award-winning environment writer, and author of the book, Eager; the secret life of beavers and why they matter - Ben is in a league of his own when it comes to helping us understand beavers and our surprisingly entwined history with them in the USA and UK. Ben unpacks the fascinating social and ecological nuance surrounding their reintroduction, and offers valuable lessons learned from their more established presence in the USA.


    Also coming up: a brand new #FactOff challenge and producer Emma comes out of her box with a juicy QUIZ.


    Need we say more? Dive on in! 


    Are you a beaver believer? 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.


     


     

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

ThomDF ,

Treasure trove of nature info, great presenters

So much fascinating things to learn about such a niche subject. Anyone working in the outdoors especially will benefit from tuning in.

In my headphones ,

Brilliantly beavery and important conversations.

This is the organic granola of podcasts.

lasaasss ,

Interesting , lively and refreshing

Really enjoy listening to the podcast on my daily walks . Sophie and Eva are refreshing , full of information about beavers but also wildlife and nature in general. Interesting person invited as well ( loved the episode with Dr Amir Khan!) . Give a smile , knowledge and willing to help improving our wildlife. Go beaver !

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