We will discuss the wildlife of the UK / Britain.
Each episode will will cover what wildlife stuff we have been up to, UK wildlife in the news and cover other topics of interest
EP56 – The British Dragonfly Society with Fiona McKenna and Dave Smallshire
We talk to Fiona McKenna and Dave Smallshire of the British Dragonfly Society (BDS) and the work they and the BDS do to engage people, record and conserve dragonflies and damselflies. We also find out what their favourite species of this fascinating group is!
EP55 – The Emerald Damselflies
In this episode we look at the Emerald damselflies, the Lestidae, found in the UK. The Common, Scarce, Southern and Willow Emeralds, looking at how to identify them, their habitat preferences, egg laying and larva habits, the recent arrival and spread in the UK of the Willow and Southern Emeralds and some more geeky info from some studies done on their development and behaviour.
EP54 – The Blue Butterflies
Vic and Neil talk about our 9 resident Blue Butterfly species, looking at each species and their preferred habitats, larval food plants and their relationship that some have with ants, including how they trick the poor ant hosts into caring for their caterpillars.
EP53 – A threat to the Legal Protection for Wildlife
The Legal Protection for some of the UK’s most vulnerable Wildlife, including adder, pine martens and mountain hares, is under threat from new proposals by the JNCC to only allow those that are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered, or a European Protected Species (EPS) to be protected by law.Neil and Steve Allain look into what the current schedule 5 protection being reviewed is and what species of reptile and amphibian do not qualify for protection under the proposals are, and what the changes would mean for them.We also let you know how you can help stop these proposals (a petition and a letter to your MP), the links for which are belowPetition to sign is here Link to ArgUK page with more info and letter to send to your MP template here
EP52 – Making birding a safe place for women with Lucy McRobert
Just a heads up In this episode we talk about women being subject to harassment and worse.We talk to Lucy McRobert about the subject of her ‘Call it out’ article she wrote for Bird Guides (do have a read if you haven’t already), how birding or simply being out in nature alone can make women feel unsafe and what we can all do to make it a safe place, Lucy and Victoria discuss some experiences they’ve had and then we have much more light hearted discussion discussion about twitching, Lucy tells the story of seeing a rare petrel while being a parent and we laugh about the silly supposed rivalry between twitchers and photographers.
EP51 – Freshwater Ecoacoustics with Jack Greenhalgh
We talk to Jack Greenhalgh, who is studying a PhD on the wonderful underwater acoustic world of ponds & rivers. We talk about his research and listen to some of the noises made by freshwater invertebrates underwater.
Excellent and informative pod, always really interesting, keep it up
Best podcast bar none!!!
Guys you may my day when you announce a podcast!!
As an Essex naturalist and wildlife photographer It’s an absolute breath of fresh air to listen to you and hear the sightings, news and what the guest’s have to say etc…
Blooming brilliant !!!!
Take care stay safe and keep on giving out the nature fixes lol 😂 !
All the very best JP! 😉👍🏼
Always check in every podcast and am never disappointed. Great show and great topics!